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member benefits

The National Association of Diabetes Centres (NADC) is a national collective of Australian Diabetes Centres. The NADC has six levels of membership, based on the function of the centre and staffing. Our goal is to ensure that the highest standard of care is delivered to people with diabetes through our member Centres. The NADC is the bridge and the linchpin between primary care services and the hospital and this model is underpinned by the philosophy of shared care.

1. NADC CENTRE OF EXCELLENCE

The NADC Accreditation standards have been developed to establish a robust national standard for Diabetes Centres that demonstrates that they operate 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 co-ordination 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.

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 already accredited under the standard NADC accreditation system prior to their submission.

The NADC Accreditation Standards for Centres of Excellence recognise clinical, education, service advocacy and policy leadership on a national scale in the provision of diabetes care.

Details of Centres of Excellence Criteria can be found here

 

2. TERTIARY CARE DIABETES SERVICE

A Diabetes Service must exist. A Tertiary Care Diabetes Service is defined as a unit comprising an interdisciplinary team of health professionals dedicated to the provision of education and clinical services for people with Diabetes Mellitus. The service need not be located at a single geographical location.

The minimum functions of a Tertiary Care Diabetes Service must include:

  • An education service for people with diabetes
  • Clinical care of people with diabetes
  • In-service training and education for health professionals, and
  • A quality assurance and evaluation/research function.

The staff of the Service must function as a team with a minimum level of onsite staffing.

 

Requirements include:

  • Diabetologist with expertise in diabetes care who is responsible for the clinical management functions of the Diabetes Centre, and who is also a member of the ADS. The Diabetologist must attend the Diabetes Service for a minimum of 1 session a week and also be actively involved in team meetings and/or quality assurance activities relating to the Service.
  • A full-time or equivalent ADEA Credentialled Diabetes Educator.
  • An Accredited Practising Dietitian working a minimum of two sessions a week must be available. The Dietitian must be actively involved in team meetings and/or quality assurance activities relating to the Service

Each of these personnel must be actively involved in team meetings and/or quality assurance activities relating to the service. Tertiary Care DiabetesServices must demonstrate that they monitor the outcomes of their services against health outcomes standards, through participation in ANDA and other auditing opportunities.

 

3. SECONDARY CARE DIABETES SERVICE

The minimum functions of a Secondary Care Diabetes Service must include:

  • An education service for people with diabetes
  • In-service training and education for health professionals, and
  • A quality assurance and evaluation function.

 

The staff of the Service must function as a team with a minimum level of onsite staffing.

Requirements include:

  • A full-time or equivalent ADEA Credentialled Diabetes Educator
  • An Accredited Practising Dietitian working a minimum of two sessions a week must be available.

Each of these personnel must be actively involved in team meetings and/or quality assurance activities relating to the service.

 

Secondary Care Diabetes Services should demonstrate that they monitor the outcomes of their Services against health outcomes standards, through participation in ANDA and other auditing opportunities.

 

4. PRIMARY CARE DIABETES SERVICE

  • Each group must consist of a minimum of a Medical Practitioner involved in diabetes care (through participation in care planning, case conferencing etc), and a Credentialled Diabetes Educator or Registered Nurse who has completed the NADC National Diabetes Care Course.
  • Members of the group will generally be associated by geographic region but will not necessarily be located at the same site and may be affiliated with different categories of health services e.g. private practice, hospital, community health.
  • Within the group there must be a co-ordinated approach to diabetes care with inter-disciplinary communication, consultation and cross-referral and the group must hold regular meetings.

 

5. PHARMACY DIABETES SERVICE

NADC Pharmacy Service membership is offered to groups of professional healthcare workers who have an active involvement in diabetes care provided in the pharmaceutical context, are committed to the goals and objectives of the NADC, and to monitoring the outcomes of their service, but do not have the full complement of services or resources of a Diabetes Centre.

  • Each group must consist of a minimum of a Credentialled Diabetes Educator or Registered Nurse/Pharmacist who has completed the NADC National Diabetes Care Course or a graduate certificate in diabetes education
  • Within the group there must be a co-ordinated approach to diabetes care with inter-disciplinary communication and consultation
  • Referral and care escalation processes are to be incorporated into service delivery procedures
  • Communication processes between primary care, allied health and tertiary care providers are to be documented
  • The group must hold regular meetings

 

6. NADC NETWORK MEMBER

The NADC Network membership is offered to Primary Health Networks (PHNs) around Australia and Primary Care Partnerships (PCP) within Victoria. PHNs and PCPs are an initiative of the Commonwealth Department of Health and work directly with general practitioners, other primary health care providers, secondary care providers and hospitals, to facilitate improved outcomes for patients. PHNs and PCPs are committed to providing efficient and effective primary health care, with objectives that align closely with those of the NADC.

 

  • Members will be associated by the geographic boundary of their particular PHN (there are a total of 31 PHNs across Australia) or PCP
  • Within the group there must be a focus on improving diabetes care
  • Integration and collaboration among primary and secondary care providers must be a focus for the PHN or PCP
  • Communication processes, programs and initiatives involving primary and secondary care must be evident