The unique role of the primary health care nurse in improving patient care in type 2 diabetes - Australian Practice Nurses Association


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Improving patient care in type 2 diabetes


With 280 Australians developing diabetes every day, diabetes is the fastest growing chronic condition in Australia and a national health priority. According to Diabetes Australia, an estimated 1.7 million Australians are living with this progressive condition, and this number is expected to grow to more than 2.5 million within 20 years. Diabetes has a significant impact on the health and wellbeing of the Australian population. It is an underlying or associated cause of 10 per cent of all deaths in Australia, and costs the Australian community $14.6 billion annually. Current management guidelines state that undiagnosed and poorly managed type 2 diabetes (T2D) can lead to a range of complications, including stroke, coronary artery disease and blindness, making the early identification and optimal management of people with T2D critical.

This activity has been endorsed by APNA according to approved quality standards criteria.


Brooke Lambert
B Nursing
Primary Health Care Nurse,
South Coast Medical, Dromana, VIC

Kylie Crisp
B Nursing, Graduate Diploma in Nursing Science
(Emergency Nursing), Dip. Education
Melbourne University
Royal Melbourne Hospital, Melbourne, Victoria

Rachel Freeman
APD, CDE, BHSc (Nut&Diet), MSc (Diabetes)
Professional Services Manager
Australian Diabetes Educators Association

On completion of this program, participants will be better able to:

  1. Review the patient-mediated barriers to initiation of insulin and titration of insulin doses and methods to help the patient overcome them
  2. Identify patients who might benefit from earlier insulinisation with a long-acting basal insulin to help reach their individualised treatment goals
  3. Implement simple dose titration strategies with patients to attain a maintenance dose that will facilitate good glycaemic management while minimising hypoglycaemic episodes
  4. Identify patients who would benefit from referral to a Credentialled Diabetes Educator (CDE) and familiarise themselves with referral mechanisms to CDEs

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