Person-centred, evidence-based programs
Diabetes WA’s evidence-based diabetes education programs and support services have the potential to significantly reduce diabetes-related hospitalisations.
The evidence is clear – Diabetes WA’s person-centred and culturally appropriate program philosophy activates and empowers people to self-manage their condition – reducing distress, reducing the financial burden, preventing complications and potentially reducing hospitalisations.
A 2020 study showed clinically significant increases in activation amongst regional participants in the DESMOND self-management education program for type 2 diabetes.
How do they work? When people feel activated and less ‘diabetes distress’ they can better deal with their self-care activities, take part in decisions about their treatment, and work together with their health professionals to proactively manage their diabetes. Well managed blood glucose levels significantly reduces the risk of complications.
Reaching across WA – digital solutions and innovation are helping to deliver integrated, accessible, sustainable services to the most remote and most vulnerable communities across WA, reducing health inequity.
Last year we provided help more than 42,000 times to the 130,000 Western Australians living with diabetes, their health professionals and supporting community. To date the Diabetes Telehealth Service has helped consumers avoid having to travel 1.5 million kilometres to access essential support services – the equivalent of over 100 trips around the whole of Australia.
Diabetes WA program design steps
- Consumer and community consultation identifies need.
- National Diabetes Strategy and WA’s Sustainable Health Review identify priorities and health system alignment.
- Globally leading, evidence-based programs are developed, piloted and evaluated locally or sourced through partnerships with global leaders in chronic healthcare, including the UK’s Leicester Diabetes Centre.
Health system integration
- The leading, evidence-based, cost-effective programs are integrated and coordinated with health system partners without duplication.
- Programs reduce health inequity through digital solutions, community consultation and cultural adaptation, improving access for the most remote and most vulnerable communities across WA.
- Health system capacity building trains local primary care workforce to deliver programs in community.