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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 and clinically effective in the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander medical service setting and analytically sound in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander hands.

Objectives

  • To deliver a culturally appropriate education and training program for teaching Aboriginal health workers (and other 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 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander 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 patients with diabetes.