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Statewide Diabetes Clinical Network

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.

About Us

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:

  • Achieve quality and safety improvements in diabetes clinical practice and services utilising the knowledge and experience of clinicians.
  • Provide expertise, strategic direction and advice to the Queensland Health Executive in relation to diabetes issues.
  • Provide a collaborative and supportive environment for clinicians and other government and non-government personnel to be actively engaged in the improvement of care and outcomes for patients with diabetes.

The SDCN is comprised of:

Priority Areas and Initiatives

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:

  1. a set of insulin pump clinician education modules
  2. a diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA) protocol
  3. a diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA) clinician education module
  4. a set of diabetic foot clinician education modules
  5. a pre-conception care clinician education module.

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.

Working Groups

Diabetes in Pregnancy Working Group

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.

Type 1 Diabetes Mellitus Working Group

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.

Diabetic Foot Working Group

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.

Key Documents

Clinician Resources

Education modules

The SDCN have developed a series of education modules for clinicians. These modules are voice over powerpoint modules and are hosted by the Clinical Skills Development Service. The resources are free but you will need to register to access them. Current topics include:

General resource

Paediatric Diabetes Resources

Diabetic Foot Resources

Hypoglycemia and Sick Day Management Resources

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.

Consumer Resources

The SDCN recommends that these documents should be reviewed in conjunction with your health care professional.

Diabetes in Pregnancy Resources

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.

Translated documents

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).

Diabetic Foot Resources

Related Websites

Diabetes Queensland

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

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.

Australian Diabetes Society

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.

Diabetes Care Advance

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.

Australian Diabetes Educators Association (ADEA)

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.

Check Up

The website is aimed at assisting primary health care sector provide evidence based care for diabetic consumers.

International Working Group for the Diabetic Foot

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.



Last Updated: 31 October 2014
Last Reviewed: 14 October 2013