In Australia, diabetes remains a serious health problem associated with significant morbidity from long-term complications, with associated increased mortality. Diabetes Education is a major component in assisting individuals to self manage their diabetes, however measurement of
patient practices and the effects of care delivered in Diabetes Centres have not been widely canvassed.
Diabetes data collection is essential for monitoring the quality of diabetes care, and in Australia there have been two national diabetes data collections undertaken:
- The NDDP data collection
- The ANDIAB data collection
The National Association of Diabetes Centres [NADC] conducts ANDIAB, a national audit, collating, analysing and reporting of diabetes specialist services. Data pooling, analysis and reporting are managed at the Diabetes Centre Bankstown-Lidcombe Hospital under the directorship of Jeff Flack, who also chairs the National Diabetes Data Working Group [NDDWG].
The ANDIAB data collection utilises the NDOQRIN dataset, now known as the Diabetes (clinical) data set in the National Health Data Dictionary [Version12]. This dataset, overseen by the NDDWG, has since been enhanced, and is now online as part of the AIHW – Metadata Online
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The NADC has long desired to establish an Audit Program to be run in alternate years to ANDIAB which would be more Patient / Education focused using these data for quality improvement in order to guide activities and practice changes to improve outcomes.
To specifically explore the differences in results between Centres, and provide data to assist them to develop and implement strategies to target areas of need or deficit, in order to improve diabetes care.