Diabetes Care Project
The Diabetes Care Project (DCP) is a three-year pilot that commenced in July 2011 and is part of the Australian Government’s response to the growing incidence of chronic disease in Australia and the significant challenge that diabetes presents for the Australian community and health sector.
The pilot, which will run until 30 June 2014, will assess how the reform can support a more consumer-centred approach to care through expanding the choices available to adults (18 years and over) with either type 1 or type 2 diabetes, and by providing more coordinated multidisciplinary education and care.
The DCP will test new ways of providing more flexible and better coordinated care, with the aim of improving the management of care for people with diabetes. The Project is piloting four key changes in how care is delivered to people with diabetes:
- A new Care Facilitator role will be created to collaborate with the care team to support patient care.
- An education and training program will support practitioners and people with diabetes to increase their understanding of diabetes management.
- A new chronic disease management IT tool will support care planning, enable information sharing, and reduce administration through a secure online portal.
- A new funding model will provide more funding for people with diabetes who have greater needs.
Participation will be voluntary for consumers and healthcare providers. Patient and practice enrolment has now closed with over 7500 patients and 150 General Practices currently enrolled in the DCP across a mix of urban, rural and regional areas in Queensland, South Australia and Victoria. At the end of the trial, these new models of care will be evaluated for their capacity to deliver better quality healthcare outcomes, enable care to be provided in more flexible ways, improve patient and practitioner experiences, and to be economically sustainable and scalable nationally.
The project is being delivered for the Australian Government Department of Health and Ageing by a consortium of healthcare organisations and experts working in collaboration with other peak organisations such as Diabetes Australia.
The Project has established an Advisory Group to work with the Government in developing the detailed design and ongoing implementation of the pilot. The Diabetes Advisory Group includes representatives from general practice, nursing, allied health, and diabetes and health consumer organisations.
More information can be found at the Diabetes Care Project website
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