Pharmacy Daily 17 December 2015
Diabetes society launched
Primary Care Diabetes Society of Australia (PCDSA) is the name of a new diabetes organisation to spring from concerned health care professionals in Australia. The not-for-profit society was announced yesterday by the University of Melbourne as a support mechanism for primary health care professionals across different disciplines to deliver high quality clinically effective care, in order to improve the lives of people living with diabetes. University of Melbourne Department of General Practice Associate Professor Mark Kennedy said most of the one million people living with diabetes receive their care in primary care, but there is no primary care-based multidisciplinary society to support those health care practitioners. “Australia has a number of organisations that represent parts of the diabetes therapeutic community,” Kennedy said. “All of these are vitally important in their own right but don’t represent the multidisciplinary nature of diabetes in primary care. “The Primary Care Diabetes Society of Australia will be a unique and leading voice for all professionals working in primary care who are intent on improving standards.” The main focus of the new society will be education, with the online publishing of a quarterly journal and the first annual conference being held in Melbourne on 30 Apr next year.
Membership of the PCDSA and access to the online journal is free for health care professionals who manage diabetes, with details at www.pcdsa.com.au.
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