Free diabetes workshop

Care Partnership Diabetes is hosting a free professional development day in Broken Hill next month to assist non-clinical staff working in the health sector to better understand people living with type two diabetes (T2D) including the more aggressive type two diabetes mellitus (T2DM), so they’re reminding people to register for this important workshop before spaces fill.

With an estimated 11,500 (6.1 per cent of the population) of people in Western and Far West NSW living with T2D, blitzing the increasing annual national average of 5.5 per cent, there are growing concerns the more serious T2DM is being diagnosed at younger ages and often presenting as a more aggressive disease leading to complications.

“Responding to T2D and T2DM is a health priority because people living with the disease in this region are 40 per cent more likely to die as a result of their diabetes than the rest of NSW,” said a Care Partnership Diabetes spokesperson. “Our Indigenous population are at particular risk as 20 per cent of people living with T2DM identify as Aboriginal.”

In T2DM, the response to insulin is diminished – defined as insulin resistance. During this state, insulin is ineffective and is initially countered by an increase in insulin production to maintain glucose homeostasis, but over time, insulin production decreases, resulting in T2DM.

Care Partnership Diabetes training will include:

  • How to be a leader within your practice
  • Introduction to Aboriginal culturally safe practice
  • Diabetes information
  • Diabetes language with patients – understanding the language of diabetes so staff can support diabetic patients in health literacy.
  • Communication at work – learning about the different types and styles of communication in the work environment.
  • Difficult conversations – how to approach difficult conversations with patients; detecting and understanding other underlying aspects of their character
  • Recall and reminder processes – what role staff play in recall and reminders of patients. What is Duty of Care and how does it apply to non-clinical staff?

In collaboration with Far West Local Health District, Care Partnership Diabetes are running the workshop on February 12 in the Thyme Room at the Demo Club at 218 Argent St and online (date to be confirmed).

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