The Diabetes Alliance project is a real life example of how integrating care can lead to a seamless, person centred approach that can be delivered in a flexible manner to benefit patients, clinicians and healthcare systems.
The project was the winner of the Integrated Health Care award at the 2016 NSW Health Awards.
Integrated Diabetes Care clinics provide an understanding of issues and barriers experienced by care providers and patients. The clinics have informed a review and co-design of the referral criteria that ensures patients receive appropriate care in the right place at the right time.
Primary care clinicians also receive up-skilling that allows them to more effectively manage patients with T2DM.
Collaboration between the four prominent health care providers within the Hunter as part of the Alliance; Hunter New England Local Health District, Calvary Mater, Hunter New England and Central Coast Primary Health Network and Hunter Primary Care, along with other external stakeholders, has allowed the cross-organisational sharing of skills, knowledge and resources to develop a person centred model of care that is efficient, cost effective and sustainable.
From the Resources section of this page you can download copies of the presentation and poster given at the 2016 National GP Conference in Perth.