Welcome to the Statewide Diabetes Clinical Network (SDCN) webpage.
The SDCN is primarily comprised of clinicians and others who are interested in improving the care and outcomes of patients with diabetes.
The SDCN was established in 2005 and is currently co-chaired by Associate Professor Anthony Russell and Dr Trisha O'Moore-Sullivan. A/Prof Anthony Russell is the Director of Endocrinology and Diabetes at the Princess Alexandra Hospital in South Brisbane. Dr Trisha O'Moore-Sullivan is the Director of Endocrinology at Mater Health Services in South Brisbane.
The overall purpose of the SDCN is to:
The SDCN is comprised of:
The Steering Committee generally meet monthly face to face (or via teleconference) and frequently communicate over telephone and email.
The major priority areas of the network for the 2012/2013 financial year are:
Currently the SDCN are actively working on several projects to improve the care of people with diabetes. These projects include:
The development and roll out of:
The development of a best practice pathway and guideline for the management of women with gestational diabetes mellitus.
Some recently completed SDCN projects include:
Relevant documents for these projects can be found in the Clinician Resources section.
Chaired by Professor David McIntyre, this working group is currently engaged in a major project in conjunction with Mater Health Services to improve the management of women with gestational diabetes (GDM).
The GDM Project will begin by identifying and mapping current resources, care practices and pathways across Queensland. The project will proceed to develop a best practice pathway and statewide guideline for the diagnosis and management of GDM. Existing GDM resources will be updated and new resources developed. The impact and outcomes of implementation of this pathway will also be assessed using specific data collection tools.
Chaired by Dr Trisha O'Moore-Sullivan and Dr Louise Conwell, this working group is currently focusing on insulin pumps, diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA) and sick day management plans for patients with type 1 diabetes.
The working group is in the initial stages of embarking on a project that will review the current admissions and management of diabetic ketoacidosis. The project also involves the development and implementation a DKA management pathway. Following implementation, the impact and outcomes of the pathway will be assessed.
Chaired by Mr Ewan Kinnear, this working group continues its work on improving the management of diabetic foot ulcers. The working group are developing a Diabetic Foot Clinician Education Module to assist clinicians manage diabetic foot ulcers in accordance with the best evidence.
The resources below have not been developed by Queensland Health. They are a collection of resources from various clinicians or organisations across Queensland that have been found to be helpful when educating clients to manage sick days and hypogylcemia. The Statewide Diabetes Clinical Network have reviewed and endorsed the content of these resources. Please select the appropriate resource to assist you when you provide education to your client.
The SDCN recommends that these documents should be reviewed in conjunction with your health care professional.
The following resources can be printed out individually, but if you would prefer to receive them from a professional printer, please access this online order form - note that there is a cost associated with ordering the forms online.
The following booklets were designed to assist with diabetes in pregnancy education for women living in rural and remote indigenous communities. They are intended for use by indigenous health workers, nurses and other relevant staff at primary care level with the support of a specialist diabetes team (doctor, diabetes educator and dietician).
Diabetes Queensland has been the peak body for people with diabetes in Queensland - providing a single, powerful and collective voice for the diabetes community - since 1968. Diabetes Queensland works hard to improve the lives of people affected by all types of diabetes by providing ongoing education, support and advice to people with diabetes, health professionals, government, researchers and the broader community.
Diabetes Australia is the national peak body for diabetes in Australia providing a single, powerful, collective voice for people living with diabetes, their families and carers. A non-profit organisation, Diabetes Australia works in partnership with diabetes consumer organisations, health professionals, educators and researchers to minimise the impact of diabetes in the Australian community. Diabetes Australia is committed to turning diabetes around through awareness, prevention, detection, management and the search for a cure.
The Australian Diabetes Society is an Australian medical and scientific body working towards improved care and outcomes for people with diabetes. Membership of the society is open to any medical graduate or scientist with a declared interest in diabetes, and any individual with a primary role in professional diabetes care. The website contains position statements and guidelines to assist health professionals to deliver evidence based diabetes care.
Sweet is a diabetes program developed by Queensland Health and Mater Health Services. The program focuses on the transition between paediatric and adult care. It is primarily an information source for young people with diabetes, however does contain sections for parents and health professionals.
The Diabetes Care Advance website is aimed a young people suffering from type 1 or type 2 diabetes and their families. The website has educational interactive components about causes, monitoring and treatment of diabetes.
The Australian Diabetes Educators Association (ADEA) is an Australian organisation for health care professionals providing diabetes education and care. The ADEA accredits post graduate courses in diabetes education and management across Australia. It sets standards and develops guidelines for the practice of diabetes education. It supports diabetes educators' delivery of quality diabetes education by offering and encouraging participation in its Credentialing and Re-Credentialing Programs.
The website is aimed at assisting primary health care sector provide evidence based care for diabetic consumers.
The website of the International Working Group on the Diabetic Foot is aimed at health professionals involved in care of patients with diabetic foot complications. The working groups was set up in 1996 to improve outcomes of diabetic foot problems, and enhance communication and collaboration between the many professionals involved in diabetic foot care and those in a position to decide healthcare policy and provide funding.