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Type 2 diabetes: a collaborative approach to care

Glen Maberly

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Abstract

Type 2 diabetes – and its associated conditions involving the heart, brain, kidneys, feet and eyes – is Australia’s leading burden of disease. It has become crucial for GPs, specialists, hospital and community-based allied healthcare providers and community healthcare workers to collaborate so that the right treatment is provided to patients in the right place, in the right way and at the right time.

Key Points

  • Type 2 diabetes is the largest burden of disease in Australia and is best managed by GPs and community-based allied healthcare professionals.
  • Early diagnosis of type 2 diabetes is important to improve the quality of care and achieve better long-term outcomes.
  • New integrated models of care that rely on a team-based approach and better integration with hospital-based services are emerging across Australia.
  • Hospital-based services have a role in building the capacity of general practice and the community to better manage diabetes and to be up-to-date with the latest guidelines.
  • Awareness and education will play a major role in diabetes prevention and management into the future.

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