A group of 9 nurses; the one of the left holding a certificate and two in the middle holding a hamper of fruit.

Coffs Harbour Health Campus' Rehabilitation Unit was the inaugural winner of the Insulin Safety Week trophy.

Ensuring our community accesses great diabetes care

Nov 14, 2023

Today, 14 November, is World Diabetes Day.

It falls on the birthday of Sir Frederick Banting, who co- discovered insulin with Charles Best in 1922. For the discovery of insulin, Banting was awarded the Nobel Prize in 1923.

The theme for World Diabetes Day from 2021 to 2023 is Access to Diabetes Care, which the Mid North Coast Local Health District takes very seriously.

Coffs Clinical Network Diabetes Educator Lisa Johnston encouraged Mid North Coast health workers to update their knowledge of diabetes through resources available via the NSW Health online platform, My Health Learning.

“Keeping up to date with diabetes education will ensure our community can continue to access great care (#EducationtoProtect),” Ms Johnston said.

Last month, Coffs Harbour Health Campus also conducted a competition to coincide with Insulin Safety Week, 16-22 October.

The department with the highest number of Inpatient Management of Diabetes Mellitus modules completed won a prize and trophy. The result was the winner of the inaugural ISW trophy and recipient of a beautiful hamper of fresh and healthy fruit was Rehabilitation Ward.

For healthcare professionals, access to training and resources will assist in the detection of complications early and provide the best possible care.

The Agency for Clinical Innovation through the Diabetes and Endocrine network has developed a program to build capability in inpatient diabetes management.

This program is designed to support junior medical officers and nursing staff care for people with diabetes in hospital, in particular, those people requiring insulin.

In doing so, the program aims to improve outcomes and experience of hospitalisation, as well as reduce clinical variation and complications secondary to poor glycaemic control (hyper and hypoglycaemia).

Staff are encouraged to access and complete these resources available via My Health Learning or by accessing the Inpatient Management of Diabetes Mellitus | Agency for Clinical Innovation (nsw.gov.au) website.


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