Issued December 2016
   Member Updates
Natalie Wischer, NADC CEO
Message from the CEO
Is it just me or has 2016 flown by so fast that we could have almost missed it? Yet when reviewing the list of achievements and outcomes from NADC this year, I know we certainly have not missed an opportunity.

There has been a snowballing effect for NADC where the more we do, the more we want to do and the more we are asked to do. We have increased our membership this year by 30% and the member benefits are expanding rapidly. We have continued to provide ongoing quality improvement opportunities through the annual ANDA survey, the review of our NADC accreditation guidelines and quality improvement, education and support tools are available on our website. 

We have updated our member resources and links to all the key national diabetes-related documents and organisations, as well as progressed our actions toward improving the links between centres, large and small, in a hub and spoke model of care.

The highlight of the NADC year was certainly our Best Practice in Diabetes Centres (BPDC) meeting in October where we were thrilled to have the Hon. Minister Sussan Ley present. This meeting also allowed us to explore the implementation of the Australian National Diabetes Strategy in great detail and work has already begun in earnest to action high priority areas where NADC can have an influence. 

NADC can only be as strong as its members enable it to be - I thank you and your organisation. We at NADC are feeling strong and ready to take on much more in 2017. I look forward to your ongoing support and input and wish you, your colleagues and your families a very happy and safe Christmas and New Year period. 

Relive BPDC  2016

There was a great turn-out at this year’s BPDC but for anyone who missed it, or for those who would like to relive the sessions, don’t hold your breath any longer.

Member centres can now access the presentations via video recordings and powerpoint slides via the  member only page on the NADC website at  
Preparations are already underway for next year’s BPDC, which will be hosted on Saturday 21st and Sunday 22nd 2017 in Sydney. Stay tuned for more information.

NADC member survey

We are continually on the look-out for ways to improve our services.

Members are encouraged to take a short survey to provide information about their centre to not only inform us on what services they offer but also to improve the information we provide in the
NADC interactive map. 

Please access the survey via the link

Thank you for your contribution and ongoing support in growing our organisation.

BioGrid grants open

Don’t miss your chance to benefit from a BioGrid grant—applications are open.

NADC offers centres the opportunity for a one-off grant supporting the purchase and installation of the diabetes clinical database from BioGrid for one year. 

The BioGrid Australia Diabetes Clinical and Research Database is a web-based application that enables the management of patients’ diabetes diagnosis, treatment and follow-up information.

Centres will benefit from access to data-sets on demographic, symptoms and complications, pathology test results, medications, and gestational diabetes.

Read more about BioGrid in the case study profiled in the following section.

BioGrid uncovered - Ipswich Hospital
The NADC BioGrid program has enabled staff at Ipswich Hospital in Queensland, to improve their connectivity and evidence-based care. 

Led by Endocrinologist, Dr Tom Dover, NADC’s one-year BioGrid grant was implemented in February 2016.

 BioGrid was found to contribute to improvements in:
· Time efficiency
· Patient safety
· Incorporating ISS
· Benchmarking

While Dr Dover did identify some challenges including overcoming health IT systems, data integration, and program usability, overall the trial was successful and resulted in operational improvements.

This case study was showcased at this year’s BPDC symposium and provided an inspirational insight into the benefits of the program.

To view Dr Dover’s presentation, please visit YouTube via the link at

Get NADC accredited & boost your centre's reputation
The 2016 version of the NADC accreditation standards is now available to member centres.

Accreditation is not mandatory, however achieving NADC accreditation entitles centres to a range of benefits including:
· 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

Centres accredited under the general NADC standards are also eligible to apply for the prestigious Centres of Excellence (COE).

An EOI will need to be submitted to determine eligibility.

The COE standards are underpinned by five key elements including education, national influence, research, service delivery, and practice/policy development and guidance. 

 The COE accreditation is the NADC’s gold standard in best practice diabetes care. Please visit the NADC website at for application details. Best of luck! 

NADC's global influence

NADC’s CEO Natalie Wischer attended the IDF Western Pacific meeting in Taipei to explore the networks of NADC programs in Asia, with a view to expanding the NADC accreditation in the region. 

Discussions centred around increasing NADC’s reach of programs, as well as ways to increase support of diabetes centres in Australia and exploring global opportunities to  enhance our member services. 

NADC projects were highlighted on the world stage, with a presentation from Prof Marg McGill on the NADC accreditation program and a presentation by Prof Stephen Twigg on the Diabetes Foot Network.
NADC CEO Natalie Wischer, Monash University Professor of Diabetes Paul Zimmet, ADS CEO Prof Sof Andrikopoulos and Barwon Health Deakin University director of Centre for nursing and Allied Health Research Prof Trish Dunning.

Be Inspired! RFDS offers diabetes telehealth
One in 20 adult Victorians are diagnosed with diabetes and many live in regional and remote parts of the state.

The cost to hospitals and health care systems is almost $1,507 million per year, according to the Royal Flying Doctor Service (RFDS). Accessing diabetes services can prove challenging for these residents. 

The RFDS in Victoria is tackling this problem head-on through their diabetes telehealth initiative.

The service connects  patients from rural communities with specialists in Melbourne through teleconferencing and video conferencing.

 Partners of the program include Baker IDI Diabetes and Heart Institute and local health services.

The diabetes telehealth service is available to patients in  Mallee, Northern District, Rural North West and West Wimmera.

The below image is courtesy of the RFDS Victoria.

Building partnerships

The NADC conducted its first-ever presentation at the Insulin Leadership summit in Brisbane.

The summit was developed by Vivacity Health and healthcare professionals and supported by Sanofi Diabetes and Cardiovascular.

The forum provided an opportunity for primary care clinicians to hear information on insulin initiation and management for patients with type 2 diabetes.

NADC’s Leanne Mullen showcased the work of our organisation.

Primary care clinicians are a making a significant contribution to diabetes care in the changing health landscape. NADC is committed to supporting all healthcare professionals.

WDD: help save a life

Insulin for Life Global launched on World Diabetes Day (WDD) and is an organisation aimed at transporting diabetes supplies to underprivileged countries and communities affected by floods and other disasters.           

Approximately 50 per cent of the worlds population who have diabetes in developing countries cannot afford or access Insulin. (Source: Insulin for Life).

The organisation collects unused, unopened in-date insulin from people with diabetes in first world countries and sends it (free of charge) to the neediest communities around the world.

Insulin for life has been running for over 20 years and is affiliated with the International Diabetes Federation (IDF) Life for a Child program.

NADC members are encouraged to view and share the following YouTube video via their social media channels - thank you.

Introducing Australasian Diabetes Data Network

This data resource includes national-level information about type 1 diabetes and is available to researchers within strict ethical and governance boundaries.

The resource features clinical information from people with type 1 diabetes which is connected on an integrated, secure, custom-built platform.

The Australasian Diabetes Data Network (ADDN) has established Australia’s first national clinical research diabetes database.

Clinical data from children and adolescents with diabetes from seven specialist paediatric public tertiary centres across Australia is included in the database. 

 With planned expansion to adult centres, ADDN will extend its data capture and provide information about the natural history, clinical progression and most effective treatment regimens for all people living with type 1 diabetes.

The ADDN is an initiative of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) supported by the Australasian Paediatric Endocrine Group (APEG) and the Australian Diabetes Society (ADS). ADDN aims to build long-term clinical research capacity in Australia for people with diabetes.

Visit the ADDN website at for more information. 

Please share this NADC update with your colleagues throughout your organisation as they may benefit too.

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