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IMG_0326To provide culturally appropriate and clinically effective diabetes management to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people through the use of point-of-care testing (POCT) for HbA1c and urine ACR that is conducted under a quality management framework.

Aim

To deliver a POCT model for the management of diabetes, which is culturally, clinically, and analytically sound in the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander medical service setting.

Objectives

  • To deliver a culturally appropriate education and training program for teaching Aboriginal health professionals to be competent POCT operators in their community setting.
  • To deliver a quality management framework for maintaining the analytical quality of POCT results generated by the DCA device used in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander medical services.
  • To provide a range of on-going support services to First Nations Peoples POCT operators and their medical services to ensure the program remains efficient and sustainable.
  • To gather evidence from both qualitative and quantitative research outcome measures to assess the cultural and clinically effectiveness of POCT as a mode of health service delivery for First Nations clients with diabetes.