The Diabetes in Pregnancy (DIP) Partnership Project is a partnership between researchers, health care providers and policy organisations across the Northern Territory and Far North Queensland.
The DIP Partnership Project started in the NT in 2011 and is led by Menzies School of Health Research. The project was extended to FNQ in 2016, the FNQ project partners include Apunipima Cape York Health Council, Wuchopperen Health Service, Girriny Yealamucka, Mamu Health Service, Mulungu Aboriginal Corporation as well as Queensland Health – Cairns and Hinterland HHS and Torres and Cape HHS.
The goal of the project is to improve systems of care and services for women with diabetes in pregnancy, and improve health outcomes by reducing risk associated with diabetes in pregnancy as early as possible in the life course. The project involves, the maintenance of a clinical register for mothers with diabetes in pregnancy, including birth outcomes and enhanced models of care for women with DIP in FNQ, including health professionals capacity to manage diabetes in pregnancy.
The purpose of the clinical register is to create a central record of patient information about diabetes in pregnancy which can be accessed by clinicians who provide care to women with diabetes in pregnancy. It can also assist with clinical audits, quality improvement activities and informs our models of care work, and is used as an epidemiological tool to increase understanding about diabetes in pregnancy in Far North Queensland.
How you can get involved with the Far North Queensland Diabetes in Pregnancy Partnership Project
• Women with diabetes in pregnancy ( including gestational, type 2 and type 1) can be invited by clinicians to verbally consent for their information to be included on the clinical register. Information for women and clinical register referral forms are available through the website – http://www.dipp.org.au
• Clinicians who care for women with diabetes in pregnancy can also apply for web based access to the register through the website – http://www.dipp.org.au
• We now have over 400 women on the FNQ Clinical Register and are planning to share our first summary report with key findings with key stakeholders at the end of 2017.