Hunter New England Local Health District (HNELHD)
Dr Shamasunder Acharya is dedicated endocrinologist who has
led improved outcomes for people with diabetes. He was recently
awarded the 2016 Hunter New England Health “Staff Member of
the Year Award”. Shamasunder has great passion and drive and
like many good leaders he leads with respect, collaboration and
by building team capacity to deliver great results.
As Clinical Director for Diabetes and Clinical Lead of Alliance
Diabetes Stream, Shamasunder has demonstrated outstanding
leadership and improved patient care through initiatives such as
the introduction of telehealth appointments, new outpatient clinics
and partnerships with local General Practitioners (GPs). With a
limited specialist work force and lack of integration of services,
providing excellent clinical care for 60,000 people with diabetes
is a huge challenge.
His dedicated team has been able to achieve many significant
milestones in diabetes. In the Alliance Diabetes Integration
Project, Shamasunder and his team are working very closely
with GPs in the area to improve diabetes care across the region
by integrating specialist teams with the practices through caseconferences
with patients to educate GPs about diabetes
management. This has been a huge success and team is now
expanding this model to 40 GP practices per year along with a
regional diabetes registry.