Diabetes Treatment

Diabetes - A Multidisciplinary approach

A Multidisciplinary diabetes medical care is a team approach to providing diabetes support, education and care. Multidisciplinary diabetes care:

  • Demonstrates shared leadership, accountability and responsibility for individualised planning of services and support to improve the quality of life for a person living with Diabetes
  • Is comprehensive, holistic and integrated across the lifespan needs of a person living with Diabetes
  • Is a collaborative team effort of health care professionals who are respectful and accepting of each other’s discipline specific skills, training, attributes and contribution to diabetes care
  • Supports shared decision-making by valuing and respecting the contributions of each member of the diabetes team; the person with diabetes, their family or carer and other healthcare professionals

Who are the members of a Multidisciplinary Team for a Diabetic patient?

Healthcare professionals: Bariatric Surgeon, Vascular Surgeon, Dentist, Optometrist, Nephrologist, Gynaecologist.

What can a Multidisciplinary team approach achieve?
  • Improved coordination of services
  • Improved treatment planning and thus improved outcomes for Diabetic person and their families and carers
  • Better detection and management of the psychosocial and emotional needs of Diabetic person and their family or carers
  • Improved information sharing between the diabetes team member
Examples of who would require Multidisciplinary approach:
  • People newly diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes.
  • People with Type 1 diabetes (for carbohydrate counting and/or the use of insulin pumps/or continuous blood glucose monitoring).
  • Children with diabetes.
  • Pregnant women and those planning a pregnancy.
  • Patients with significant and ongoing cardiovascular or peripheral vascular disease.
  • Young patients with diabetes of an undefined nature.
  • Patients with active foot ulcers or uncontrolled neuropathic pain.
  • Patients with diabetes and renal disease or retinopathy requiring active management or complex monitoring.
  • People whose risk factors for complications have been unsuccessfully controlled in primary care.
  • Patients with recurrent hypoglycemia.
  • Patients with neuropathy, especially autonomic neuropathy.
  • Inpatient care.