Diabetes Referral Pathways: PDF download

A doctor showing the Diabetes Pathway to a man who is living with diabetes.The Diabetes Referral Pathways provide guidance for the care of people with diabetes. Diabetes pathways show the milestones on a person’s journey from diagnosis through the lifespan of diabetes management. This includes input and advice from a range of health professionals to ensure the person receives best practice, evidence-based diabetes management and care, and is supported through self-management education.

How can the Diabetes Referral Pathways benefit GPs?

Diabetes Referral Pathways can help general practitioners (GPs), health professionals and people with diabetes navigate diabetes education and management services from the time of diagnosis, including when to seek advice from a Credentialled Diabetes Educator (CDE).

Diabetes Referral Pathways for general practitioners

There are eight Diabetes Referral Pathways for GPs and CDEs to use when providing care to people living with diabetes:

Diabetes Referral Pathways: download the PDFs to always have them at hand when you need them

Download the Diabetes Referral Pathways resource toolkit for GPs

You can also download the Diabetes Referral Pathways: A resource toolkit for GPs here. This toolkit contains all eight pathways for both GPs and people living with diabetes.

Diabetes Care Pathways for people living with diabetes

Each of these pathways also has a version for you to give to your patients:

Help us spread the word

Health professionals play an essential role in spreading the word about the Diabetes Referral Pathways and ensuring that people with diabetes see the right health professional at the right time.

How you can help:

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Social media graphics: Diabetes Care Pathways

Social media graphics for the diabetes care team

What is a Credentialled Diabetes Educator (CDE)?

A CDE is a health professional with specialist knowledge and expertise in the field of diabetes education, which is vital for teaching people to successfully self-manage their diabetes.

Complementing the clinical and health care support provided by GPs, CDEs provide specialised holistic expertise in diabetes care and management, which is tailored to the person’s individual situation.

Understanding the CDE’s role and when to refer to a CDE helps your patients progress towards diabetes self-management through ongoing education, skills development and reinforcement of positive behaviours at key points in time as their health needs change.

CDEs work closely with people with diabetes to:


Acknowledgements

We would like to thank the Expert Reference Group and CDE working party, who generously provided their time, expertise and guidance in developing these Pathways: Professor Jonathan Shaw, Professor Sophia Zoungas, Professor Greg Johnson, Taryn Black, Jan Alford, Shannon Lin, Patricia Marshall, Laura Zimmerman, Nicole McClure, Vicki Owens, Michelle McAlister, Sandra Anstis and Rachel Freeman.

In addition, we would also like to thank our stakeholders for their invaluable input – the RACGP, ADS, ADiPS, APEG, NADC, Diabetes Australia, Dietitians Australia, Pharmaceutical Society of Australia, Optometry Australia, Australian Podiatry Association, Pharmacy Guild, Exercise and Sports Science Australia.

And finally, we would like to thank the GPs and people living with diabetes who provided feedback on the Pathways and contributed to their development.

Diabetes Referral Pathways: PDF download

A doctor showing the Diabetes Pathway to a man who is living with diabetes.The Diabetes Referral Pathways provide guidance for the care of people with diabetes. Diabetes pathways show the milestones on a person’s journey from diagnosis through the lifespan of diabetes management. This includes input and advice from a range of health professionals to ensure the person receives best practice, evidence-based diabetes management and care, and is supported through self-management education.

How can the Diabetes Referral Pathways benefit GPs?

Diabetes Referral Pathways can help general practitioners (GPs), health professionals and people with diabetes navigate diabetes education and management services from the time of diagnosis, including when to seek advice from a Credentialled Diabetes Educator (CDE).

Diabetes Referral Pathways for general practitioners

There are eight Diabetes Referral Pathways for GPs and CDEs to use when providing care to people living with diabetes:

Diabetes Referral Pathways: download the PDFs to always have them at hand when you need them

Download the Diabetes Referral Pathways resource toolkit for GPs

You can also download the Diabetes Referral Pathways: A resource toolkit for GPs here. This toolkit contains all eight pathways for both GPs and people living with diabetes.

Diabetes Care Pathways for people living with diabetes

Each of these pathways also has a version for you to give to your patients:

Help us spread the word

Health professionals play an essential role in spreading the word about the Diabetes Referral Pathways and ensuring that people with diabetes see the right health professional at the right time.

How you can help:

  • Share the pathways with your clients who are newly diagnosed with diabetes or transitioning to new medication, technology or care arrangements.
  • Print the pathways and hand them out or hang them up at your work.
  • Talk to your colleagues and other healthcare professionals about them.
  • Share the images in the gallery below on your social media channels.

Social media graphics: Diabetes Referral Pathways

  

Social media graphics: Diabetes Care Pathways

Social media graphics for the diabetes care team

What is a Credentialled Diabetes Educator (CDE)?

A CDE is a health professional with specialist knowledge and expertise in the field of diabetes education, which is vital for teaching people to successfully self-manage their diabetes.

Complementing the clinical and health care support provided by GPs, CDEs provide specialised holistic expertise in diabetes care and management, which is tailored to the person’s individual situation.

Understanding the CDE’s role and when to refer to a CDE helps your patients progress towards diabetes self-management through ongoing education, skills development and reinforcement of positive behaviours at key points in time as their health needs change.

CDEs work closely with people with diabetes to:

  • listen to and understand their priorities, health literacy and needs
  • tailor education and clinical advice to their situation, their culture and where they are on their diabetes pathway
  • provide in-depth knowledge across all key areas of diabetes care and management
  • recommend other specialists and allied health professionals where needed.

Acknowledgements

We would like to thank the Expert Reference Group and CDE working party, who generously provided their time, expertise and guidance in developing these Pathways: Professor Jonathan Shaw, Professor Sophia Zoungas, Professor Greg Johnson, Taryn Black, Jan Alford, Shannon Lin, Patricia Marshall, Laura Zimmerman, Nicole McClure, Vicki Owens, Michelle McAlister, Sandra Anstis and Rachel Freeman.

In addition, we would also like to thank our stakeholders for their invaluable input – the RACGP, ADS, ADiPS, APEG, NADC, Diabetes Australia, Dietitians Australia, Pharmaceutical Society of Australia, Optometry Australia, Australian Podiatry Association, Pharmacy Guild, Exercise and Sports Science Australia.

And finally, we would like to thank the GPs and people living with diabetes who provided feedback on the Pathways and contributed to their development.