The NADC Centre of Excellence Standards and Accreditation program has been developed to assess and measure organisations against a robust set of national standards in diabetes care. Successful achievement of these, demonstrate that an organisation operates as Centres of Excellence (COE) in diabetes care.
These standards are underpinned by the principles of chronic disease management.
These include a multidisciplinary approach with an effective system of service delivery, integration and coordination of care between different services and service providers, support for self-management, evidence-based decision making and clinical information systems, with the focus being on proactive maintenance of good health and complication prevention.
Diabetes Centres of Excellence also actively bridge the gap between the acute care hospital system and the care provided by primary care and community services.
The Centres of Excellence application process is all-encompassing and includes an assessment that is in-depth and challenging. Therefore the process should be a team-based application process. Applications for COE’s are only open for a limited period every 2 years.
Accreditation as a Centre of Excellence will be awarded for a period of 4 years, after which time, reapplication is required to retain COE status. Organisations applying for Centre of Excellence status need to be accredited under the standard NADC accreditation system prior to their submission. The NADC Accreditation Standards for Centres of Excellence recognise clinical, education, service advocacy, research and policy leadership on a national scale in the provision of diabetes care
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