Cultural responsiveness training for high-risk foot workforce
- This training provides strategies to strengthen the capabilities of individuals, organisations and systems that are responsible for providing culturally safe and responsive care for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
- Stage one of the training involved 26 participants from eight local health districts (LHDs) and specialty health networks (SHNs).
- More training will be offered throughout the 2021/22 financial year.
Patient Education Resource Library (PERL)
- The PERL is a virtual platform providing diabetes clinicians with a library of evidence-based diabetes education resources that can be sent to their patients via email or SMS.
- The platform has been implemented in 10 LHDs and SHNs with 88 registered licence users.
- Services impacted by limited face-to-face consultations, COVID travel restrictions and rural or regional locations have found PERL very beneficial for education with patients.
- A new Diabetes Related Foot Care Pathway and companion document provides guidance on how to support and manage the escalation of rapid, early-care for people diagnosed with (or at risk of) active foot disease or diabetes foot disease. It is a useful tool designed for the primary care workforce. It includes links to key resources to support the triage, assessment, referral and treatment pathway during COVID-19 and beyond.
- The Using virtual care to support high risk foot services guide has been published.
- The network continues to collaborate with clinicians across NSW and support diabetes services as they respond to COVID-19 via the Diabetes Community of Practice. Join the community of practice by emailing ACI-Diabetes@health.nsw.gov.au
- The network continues to contribute to the Diabetes in Community for Aboriginal People project, aiming to improve care for Aboriginal people living with type 2 diabetes:
- The project team has partnered with seven LHDs to understand lived experiences of diabetes.
- 300 Aboriginal people and health workers shared their experiences living with, or providing care for, people with diabetes.
- The project team is preparing reports for each region and will design solutions that address issues and promote innovation.
Learn more and contact the Diabetes and Endocrine Network.