National diabetes Information Prescriptions launched for health professionals
6 October, 2021

“It is intrinsic to the role of a health professional to always be searching for research that is trustworthy and can be useful for patients” says Elisa Williams, a registered nurse and credentialled diabetes educator at Diabetes Tasmania. She’s been one of the main contributors behind the resources “Diabetes Information Prescriptions”, recently launched by the National Diabetes Services Scheme (NDSS).

Elisa Williams is a registered nurse and credentialled diabetes educator. She helped develop the resources.

The resources are designed to support health professionals provide information and guidance about diabetes management to patients diagnosed with diabetes.

At Diabetes Tasmania, Elisa supports people to live well with diabetes and for her, it is all about making sure the patient can better understand how to manage their diabetes.

“They are designed to support health professionals to provide clinically accurate information about diabetes management and support to people with diabetes”.

Elisa said she was particularly eager to see how these resources were contributing to positive health outcomes for patients.

“In a busy medical clinic it is critical to have easy access to resource. Health professionals can use the information prescription to talk to the person with diabetes, record personalised goals and give them a resource to take home and use.”

After noting that these documents did not exist in Australia and realising their potential, Elisa said she had identified a need, and a solution.

With funding from the National Diabetes Services Scheme (NDSS) a working group including clinicians, health academics, psychologists, and people with diabetes was set up to adapt the UK resources to the Australian context.

Now launched nationally, these single A4-sized pages cover 10 different topics and are meant to be personalised in collaboration with the patient. They include easy-to-read explanations, clear images and individual goals to help prevent diabetes health-related complications. They are designed to give people living with diabetes the information that they need to understand, engage with and improve on their health targets.

Topics include:

 

Health professionals can also access the Information Prescriptions through their clinic medical software Medical Director or Best Practice.

For more information, visit NDSS.

You can also download this information PDF for more detailed information on how to use the resources.

Greg Johnson, CEO Diabetes Australia, talks about diabetes Information Prescriptions.

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