Diabetes is a leading public health challenge in NSW and Australia. One in 11 people aged over 16 years in NSW has diabetes. This number is continuing to grow.
Diabetes can lead to a range of health complications and frequent hospitalisation for patients. Between 2013-14 and 2018-19, there were 431,000 patients with diabetes who received inpatient care at a NSW public hospital. This is an average of 72,000 patients per year.
Developing a statewide initiative for diabetes management
The NSW Ministry of Health and the Agency for Clinical Innovation
(ACI) are working with Local Health Districts, Primary Health Networks, Aboriginal Controlled Community Health Organisations, Diabetes NSW & ACT and other partners on a statewide initiative to improve health outcomes and experiences for people with diabetes.
The initiative focuses on supporting people to manage their diabetes and minimising their need for acute care. It will do this by:
- defining and measuring common outcomes that NSW Health and its partners will work towards
- identifying and applying best practice models and care pathways across the state
- better coordinating care
- building capability in care providers and organisations.
These steps will help to ensure that people with diabetes receive the best care, in the most appropriate setting.
Taking a value based healthcare approach
NSW Health is taking a value based approach to developing this initiative. In NSW, value based healthcare
means striving to improve outcomes that matter to patients, the experiences of receiving care and providing care, and the efficiency and effectiveness of care. These are known as the four essentials of value.
The overarching goal of the initiative is to improve health outcomes and the experiences of care for people with diabetes. Key to this is understanding the patient’s perspective and organising care around their needs.
The initiative includes a series of key focus areas that will guide partners to develop coordinated and integrated care at the local level.
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