Training for Health Workers and Practitioners

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Workers and Practitioners provide essential primary health care services for their communities. To support their work, Diabetes Queensland’s First Nations Health Unit offers a range of diabetes education programs funded by the National Diabetes Services Scheme (NDSS). To find out more about any of our programs or sign up to our enewsletter please contact the Diabetes Queensland First Nation’s Unit by emailing firstnationshealth@diabetesqld.org.au

Our Programs

Understanding Diabetes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Workers and Practitioners

This two-hour online education session will provide you with an understanding of the basics of diabetes with the use of Feltman®. Covering topics to increase your understanding of diabetes and confidence to share this knowledge. Topics include: what is diabetes, type 1, type 2 and gestational diabetes, symptoms, risk factors, diabetes management including healthy eating, physical activity, medications, monitoring, complications screening and social and emotional well-being.

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Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Workforce Forum

This one-and-a-half-hour forum is designed for Health Workers and Practitioners who work with First Nations People living with diabetes.

It will focus on current diabetes related topics that impact First Nations People. You will hear from experts in the field of research and clinical practice, with their advice on how to apply what they have learned to assist you to support your clients.

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Feltman / Feltmum Training for Health Professionals

Feltman® and Feltmum® are diabetes education tools developed by the Victorian Aboriginal Community Controlled Health organisation (VACCHO) and Diabetes Victoria.

The NDSS funds the national rollout of Feltman® and Feltmum® training to provide upskilling on how to use this tool to explain diabetes and the management strategies, for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Workers and Practitioners, Registered Nurses, Allied Health Workers and those working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities and clients.

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Diabetes Yarning Facilitator Training

The Diabetes Yarning Facilitator Training program aims to equip Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Workers and Practitioners with the tools needed to impart an understanding of diabetes, its causes, impacts, management and prevention for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community members. The program uses a wide range of resources, including visual aids such as Feltman®* and yarning cards, and encourages delivery using local language.

The point of difference from other programs is the building of confidence, as the newly trained facilitator delivers to their community members. It is expected as part of the training, the health worker and their service arrange and deliver three Community Diabetes Yarning Sessions, supported by Diabetes Queensland staff. The program also provides the Indigenous Health Workforce with active, pragmatic and supported delivery, ensuring strong and ongoing partnerships.

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Feltman® and Feltmum® are registered trademarks of the Victorian Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation and Diabetes Victoria.

Quarterly Forum for Peer Support Group Facilitators

Peer support provides the opportunity for people with diabetes to share their knowledge, experience, emotions, ideas and concerns with one another. Peer support can effectively supplement the knowledge and expertise offered by health professionals and offer assistance in daily management, social and emotional support, and linkages to formal health care or community resources.

Facilitators play a crucial role in maintaining the relevance, effectiveness and appeal of support groups. Often, facilitators undertake their role out of hours, without pay and on top of work and family obligations. In recognition of their importance, Diabetes Queensland convenes a Quarterly Online Forum for Peer Support Group Facilitators.

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Coming soon – Diabetes e-Learning

The Diabetes e-Learning modules aim to upskill Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Workers and Practitioners with a foundational understanding of the condition and its management. They use story-telling with person centred stories, interactive activities and engaging graphics to deliver diabetes information with nine consecutive modules, taking the learner approximately 10 hours to complete. Topics include: about diabetes, healthy living, glucose monitoring, low and high blood glucose levels, medicines and insulin, diabetes related complications, support for self-management and priority groups.

These modules are self-directed, available at no cost to the learner and with no time restrictions for completion.  The course includes an online evaluation which aligns to the learning objectives, assesses relevance to work practice, confidence in messaging, ease of use and suggestions for improvement. Participants will be asked to complete the evaluation before their certificate of completion is issued with 10 Continuing Professional Development points.

All modules have been reviewed in collaboration with the South Australian Health & Medical Research Institute (SAHMRI) and their expert clinical team to ensure cultural, clinical and usability accuracy.

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Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Workforce e-newsletter

The First Nations Health Unit at Diabetes Queensland publishes a quarterly e-Newsletter that includes a variety of interesting articles related to diabetes and management of the condition. It includes topics relating to the impacts for First Nations People living with diabetes and those who support them.

If you would like to subscribe to our health workforce e-newsletter, please contact us at firstnationshealth@diabetesqld.org.au.

The National Diabetes Services Scheme (NDSS) is an initiative of the Australian Government and is administered by Diabetes Australia. The NDSS agent in Queensland is Diabetes Queensland. Find out more about the NDSS at ndss.com.au or call the NDSS Helpline on 1800 637 700.

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