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The National Association of Diabetes Centres is an organisation of Diabetes Health Care Centres based in Australia.

The National Association of Diabetes Centres is an organisation of Diabetes Health Care Centres based in Australia.

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  • 1. What is the NADC? The NADC was established in 1994 to explore mechanisms for improving the standard of care available to people with diabetes through Specialist Diabetes Centres and Services.
  • 2. Membership  In 2013, there were 65 NADC centres across Australia  Current membership and a list of accredited centres can be found on the NADC website at www.nadc.net.au
  • 3. What are the aims of NADC?  Promote the flow of information and collaboration between specialist diabetes services;  Link non-specialist service providers;  Collect and pool diabetes information data to promulgate improved standards, methods and models of diabetes care;  Assist NADC member centres maintain standards as centres of excellence.
  • 4. How is NADC funded?  The ADS and ADEA hold joint responsibility for the operations of the NADC.  As the NADC has no specific funding they mainly rely on grants and sponsorships, and subscriptions from members, as well as direct support from ADS and ADEA.
  • 5. The Key NADC Activities: 1. Australian National Diabetes Audit (ANDA) formerly ANDIAB  The Australian National Diabetes Audit (ANDA) formerly ANDIAB has been a key NADC project that relies on member centres collecting clinical data on a biennial basis  AQSMA (Australian Quality Self Management Audit) formerly ANDIAB2, collects data specifically related to diabetes education and self-care on a biennial basis.  Site reports are provided to enable participating centres to benchmark their own data against that of others and with the NHMRC guidelines  These are important quality assurance activities which promote continuous improvement in the standard of service provided by Diabetes Centres.  In 2013, 30 Centres participated
  • 6. 2. Best Practice in Diabetes Centres (BPDC)  The Best Practice in Diabetes Centres Meetings has been an integral educational/policy/service provision forum for NADC members  There have been 4 meetings in Sydney in 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2011  The program has been organised by the NADC and sponsored by Lilly  Each NADC member centre is invited to send 1 medical and 1 nursing representative to the meeting.  These meetings are an interactive forum intended to canvass/discuss issues important to Diabetes Centres/Services  Next meeting planned with ASZ support in Nov 2014
  • 7. The Key NADC Activities: 3 . Diabetes Management in the General Care Setting: A National Training Program for Nurses and Allied Health Professionals  This Training Program is currently under review and being reaccredited in 2013 with funding kindly provided by Boehringer Ingelheim / Lilly Alliance  The training provides a standardised basic diabetes training program containing introductory information about diabetes and its management.  The program is aimed at registered and enrolled nurses, allied health staff, and other staff from other generalist hospital, community, nursing home, and other care facilities including drug and alcohol and respite care services.
  • 8. Current Projects Diabetes Database  The NADC data base sub-committee have appointed BioGrid an IT company to implement a clinical database for use by NADC Centres  This can serve as a medical record with many other functions and benefits  The program will also be an extremely valuable source of data for practice evaluation and auditing across all NADC centres
  • 9. Accreditation  The NADC has commenced an accreditation system for NADC member centres  The aim is to establish NADC Tertiary Diabetes & Care Centres as proven Centres of Excellence in diabetes care  This is an important part of the process of demonstrating to the Commonwealth and State Health authorities that NADC Diabetes Centres offer high standard multidisciplinary care that cannot be replicated in primary care.
  • 10. Communication  Development of a stand alone website had provided NADC with a valuable communication tool to improve member information and access that contains all NADC resources, upcoming events, newsletters and all NADC forms are available  Commencement of a Twitter account  Regular member emails www.nadc.net.au
  • 11. For further information www.nadc.net.au admin@nadc.net.au