Issued in October 2016
Message from the CEO
NADC CEO Natalie Wischer

I have been involved with the NADC for over 10 years in varying capacities. Now as the CEO, I am delighted to be leading the organisation through it journey of growth and resource development; achieving improvements in diabetes care and services throughout Australia.

NADC's strength and further potential are evident through our recent BPDC meeting which is highlighted in this newsletter.

The NADC is a member-based organisation. We encourage all organisations to share their resources.

So we can stop unnecessary duplication and instead spend more time on reviewing and improving the quality of our services and care. You will learn about the benefits of sharing your resources further in this edition of the NADC newsletter.

I am also delighted that amongst the many successful projects of 2017, we are relaunching the revised package for NADC accreditation. I encourage all our member organisations, no matter their size or service delivery model, to apply for the accreditation package. You can find further details below.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank all of our industry partners for their support for not only the NADC, but also the BPDC symposium which is our annual opportunity to bring NADC members together to collaborate and drive projects forward. Without the financial support of our industry partners, the projects of the NADC would be difficult to implement.

I hope you find the newsletter useful and encourage your participation in NADC activities. Please don't for-get to share this newsletter with all your colleagues at your diabetes centre.


This month we welcome six new member centres to the NADC team. They include:

  • Diabetes South Australia
  • Cairns Diabetes Centre
  • Boab Health Service, Broome
  • Cabrini Health
  • Dubbo Base Hospital
  • Kyabram District Health Service

NADC offers members a range of benefits from networking opportunities, benchmarking, accreditation programs, collaboration and access to a range of high-quality diabetes resources.

If you are thinking of becoming an NADC member centre, but have not yet joined, please visit the website at for details.

2016 Accreditation

The 2016 NADC Accreditation Standards are now available to member centres. This follows a review of the 2013 version and extensive consultation with the NADC accreditation committee.

Accreditation is not mandatory, however benefits include:

  • Recognition as a best practice centre
  • Knowledge-sharing and benchmarking
  • Quality and service improvement
  • Improved status and reputation
  • Business expansion through recognition as an NADC accredited centre

Please visit the NADC website at for details. An EOI will need to be submitted to determine eligibility.

Minister Ley shares insights at BPDC

The NADC was delighted to have The Hon. Sussan Ley, Federal Minister for Health, as the guest speaker at this year’s Best Practice in Diabetes Centres (BPDC) symposium.

Held at Sydney’s Parkroyal Darling Harbour Hotel, the atmosphere was perfect for generating robust discussion about the key issues driving diabetes care and service delivery.

Minister Ley shared insights into the Australian National Diabetes Strategy, and attendees participated in robust discussion on the Implementation of key goals under the strategy.

The NADC and ADS will submit key recommenda-tions from the BPDC discussion sessions to the government’s Implementation Committee for consideration.

It is hoped the recommendations will assist to inform and drive ideas and solutions to address the goals of the national strategy.

The event would not have been possible without the support of our many industry supporters, without this financial commitment BPDC would not be the valuable event it is today.

And thank you also to all the enthusiastic speakers who shared their knowledge, experiences and insights at this year’s event. The ability to share knowledge and information is what drives BPDC—thank you!

And finally, a warm thank you is also extended to all the NADC members who gave of their time on the weekend to participate in this wonderfully valuable and important industry event.

It is hoped that centres will take away insightful learnings from the BPDC and lead improvements at their centres.

We look forward to next year’s event!

Earn Points and Attend!

Are you keen to attend the BPDC symposium but haven’t been invited? Well here’s how!

Joint the BPDC Points Program and your centre could be next on the invite list.

All you need to do is submit your centre’s diabetes specific resources to the NADC repository in PDF. This allows yours and other centres to share resources and information.

Please email Natalie Wischer via for more details.

2016 ASM—a great success

There was standing room only at the NADC’s ‘Show us the money’ session at this year’s ADS-ADEA Annual Scientific Meeting (ASM).

A raft of presenters shared their tips for ‘finding funding where there seems none to be found’.

Presenters included Natalie Wischer, Natalie Nanayakkara, Tim Jones, Sheila Cook, Christopher Kommatas and Helena Teede. Thank you to all of you for your wonderful insights!

NADC CEO Natalie Wischer said

"It was wonderful to see so many people at this year’s session."

"I hope the information shared will inspire and assist diabetes centres across Australia to push forward with innovative ideas, even if the funding isn’t there from the get-go."

“Our speakers were inspirational in the work they have undertaken to improve diabetes care in their respective areas and I thank them all for sharing their outcomes with us."

Results from this year’s Australian National Diabetes Audit (ANDA) were also revealed during the session and for anyone who missed it, details can be found on the NADC website.

Members will be advised when session recordings become available.

Be inspired! Diabetes centres in the lime-light

The Telethon Type 1 Diabetes Family Centre in Perth is doing things differently. Centre CEO, Rebecca Johnson was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes as a teenager, and her personal experience of living with the disease inspired her to create this family-centred service.

What makes the centre stand out is the focus on providing psychosocial support to people with diabetes and their whole family. Networking, education, and support programs are top of the priority list.

Funding for the build was secured thanks to the generous support of Channel Seven’s Telethon, Lotterywest and the Western Australia State Govern-ment. The centre is not-for-profit and ongoing funding is generated through donations from corporate sponsors and private individuals.

If your centre is doing things differently, please contact NADC CEO Natalie Wischer at to share your story.

The centre recently introduced an Australian first, through its babysitter’s course. The education program was developed after extensive community and expert consultation and offers babysitters, carers, and even child care centres, the opportunity to learn more about the disease and how to support a child living with diabetes.

The centre was six-years in the making, with community consultation and research undertaken to identify the key needs of the community.

Improving diabetic foot care

The NADC in partnership with the ADS, has undertaken an exciting new project aimed at improving the standards and quality of diabetic foot care across Australia.

Up to 25 per cent of people with diabetes will develop foot ulceration at some stage in their lifetime (Boulton 2010).

According to the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, over 1000 people with diabetes in Australia died as a result of lower limb ulceration (2005).

Under the ADS/NADC Australian Diabetes Foot Network, the project aims to:

  • lead a national coordinated communication network for health professionals and scientists
  • Standardise excellence process nationally for high-risk foot care in Australia
  • Provide targeted education for healthcare professionals
  • Promotion of healthcare delivery through research in diabetes foot care

The project is aligned with the Australian National Diabetes Strategic Plan 2016-2020. The NADC and ADS are committed to meeting goals under this strategy to improve the quality of care for people with diabetes.
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