$30m diabetes pilot under way across Australia

More than 70 practices across three states have so far agreed to take part in the pilot, which will test strategies to improve diabetes care. The Department of Health and Ageing hoped to have 150 practices – and more than 10,000 patients with diabetes – involved.

At the Hope Island Medical Centre on the Gold Coast, which is involved in trialling a new IT tool designed to better coordinate patient care between doctors and allied health professionals, Dr Andrew Weissenberger is working to convince all 293 of his practice’s eligible patients to sign up and participate.

“This [pilot] is an opportunity at grass roots level to test these strategies, which will enable the government to make better informed decisions about future diabetes management protocols,” he told MO.

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