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A NEW evidence-based resource is available
for health professionals to help identify
and meet the emotional and psychological
needs of people with diabetes.
The handbook developed by the Australian
Centre for Behavioural Research in Diabetes
(ACBRD) and Diabetes Australia aims to
give health professionals the strategies
and tools to better recognise and work with
people with diabetes to reduce the significant
psychological burden of the condition.
Professor Jane Speight foundation
director of the ACBRD said there was
extensive evidence highlighting the mental
health impacts of living with diabetes.
“We found 1 in 4 people with type
1 diabetes and 1 in 5 people with type
2 diabetes experience severe diabetes
distress,” she said.
“People with diabetes may also
experience other emotional and
mental health problems including fear
of hypoglycaemia, and symptoms of
depression and anxiety.”
The ACBRD worked in collaboration with
Diabetes Australia to produce the handbook
titled Diabetes and emotional health.
In conjunction with the handbook,
eight fact sheets have been developed
and are available for people living with
diabetes to reflect on their emotional
wellbeing and to increase their awareness
of how to seek assistance.
Download the handbook and fact sheets
New ‘one-stop shop’ to boost
dementia knowledge and practice
THE DEMENTIA Collaborative Research Centres have launched a new dementia knowledge
translation hub which connects health professionals, carers and policymakers to a wide
range of evidence-based tools and resources.
The online hub, DementiaKT Hub, is styled as a one-stop destination for finding a range of
resources that are informed by DCRC-related research, consultancy, and partner-based activities.
Using the hub, people with an interest in dementia can access resources under eight
categories: living with dementia, professional care/services, dementia prevention, education
and training, community and environment, guidelines and policy, and measurements and tools.
The website links to a wide range of resources including apps, e-learning tools, guides
and booklets. The DementiaKT Hub aims to act as a gateway to “grassroots resources”
relevant to care, practice and consumer issues. Visit dementiakt.com.au
Being prepared for an emergency
THE AUSTRALIAN Council of Social Services has produced a free
toolkit to support community organisations build their resilience
to disasters and emergencies.
The online toolkit, Resilient Community Organisations,
includes a benchmarking tool and set of resources to help
service providers assess their disaster preparedness and identify
areas for improvement.
The project builds on ACOSS’ research in 2013 into the
community sector’s preparedness for climate change and extreme weather events.
The survey found that one week after a disaster, 50 per cent of organisations would
not be able to operate and another 25 per cent would shut down permanently if their
buildings and critical infrastructure were damaged.
The toolkit draws on an international review of existing disaster resilience tools to
support organisations to continue to provide services during a crisis.
The project has identified six steps to disaster resilience including organisational
leadership on disaster preparedness, building networks and identifying and managing risks.
Access the toolkit at resilience.acoss.org.au
Support to address incontinence
needs in NDIS plans
THE CONTINENCE Foundation of Australia has released new web resources and
information on incontinence management for people with disability and low literacy.
The resources include fact sheets on key topics related to incontinence
management, and videos and information for National Disability Insurance Scheme
(NDIS) participants and planners.
The videos help participants and their carers, as well as NDIS planners and Local
Area Coordinators, to consider continence needs when formulating NDIS plans.
They cover topic areas such as what is incontinence, the importance of continence
assessments, continence products and aids, and discussing incontinence issues as
part of the NDIS planning process.
The foundation has also produced easy-to-understand fact sheets covering four
key subjects related to the management and prevention of incontinence:
The Continence Foundation website has also been optimised for people using
assistive technology, and all of the foundation’s YouTube videos are now captioned to
increase the accessibility of these resources. Find the resources at www.continence.
org.au. The National Continence Helpline is available on 1800 33 00 66.
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