Three nurses with diabetes education books

Expanding diabetes treatment knowledge: Megan Taylor and Rebecca Lee with Diabetes Educator Lisa Johnston.

Diabetes workshop supports local champions

Oct 16, 2023

It’s Insulin Safety Week, which focuses on insulin safety among healthcare professionals caring for people living with diabetes. 

In the Mid North Coast Local Health District, 32,000 people have diabetes. Healthcare professionals are working hard to keep up to date with the treatment and management of the disease. 

A workshop, led by Coffs Clinical Network Diabetes Educator Lisa Johnson, was held for nurses and midwives to upskill professionals in ‘Improving Adult Inpatient Management of Diabetes’.  

Presenters included Coffs Harbour Diabetes Dietician Alicia Rees on Food Matters, Coffs Clinical Network Wound Clinical Nurse Consultants Ann Fowler and Ruby Spagnolo on Diabetes Wound Prevention and Identification and Kathryn Elsley, Coffs Harbour Registered Nurse Diabetes Educator who provided an overview of diabetes technology. 

Ms Johnston said the workshop participants were now ‘glucose champions’.

“They will provide an invaluable resource, taking their increased knowledge of contemporary diabetes management back to their wards and helping to contribute to the great care we provide for our patients,” Ms Johnston said.

Attendee Megan Taylor from the Coffs Harbour Health Campus Day Surgery Unit said the course reinforced and expanded her knowledge.

“The delivery was a great combination of theory and hands-on learning,” Ms Taylor said.

“It both reinforced and expanded my knowledge, which will improve my care of patients with diabetes. I will be recommending this course to my colleagues.”

A similar workshop will be held in early 2024.

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