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Diabetes Program

The AHCSA Diabetes Program is part of a wider project that aims to reduce diabetes-related foot complications, including amputations, for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in South Australia (SA), the Northern Territory (NT, including the Top End and Central Australia), northern Western Australia (WA) and Far North Queensland (FNQ).

The program aims to reduce diabetes-related foot complications in Aboriginal people through embedding best practice care into existing Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Services (ACCHS) systems. The program works to complement existing ACCHS chronic disease systems of care, through building workforce capabilities in the prevention, screening and assessment of diabetes-related foot disease.

Key areas of objectives of the program are to support:

  • Implementation of culturally appropriate early detection foot programs
  • Implementation of a standardised approach to assessment and risk stratification
  • Increased access to culturally appropriate and practical preventative self-care foot education
  • Development and monitoring of local and state-wide referral and clinical care pathways
  • Embedding standardised screening and assessment tools into existing Patient Information Management Systems
  • Delivery of training and embedding support programs
  • Strengthening local capacity through a network of champions/ambassadors

For further Information: https://www.sahmriresearch.org/our-research/themes/aboriginal-health/research-list/diabetes-related-foot-complications-program