Helping grey nomads with diabetes self-management: ADEA Diabetes Research Foundation Showcase and Masterclass

Helping grey nomads with diabetes self-management: ADEA Diabetes Research Foundation Showcase and Masterclass Conference Paper

Australian Diabetes Congress 2021

  • Author(s): De Bellis, Anita
  • Published: 2021

Abstract: Grey nomads who travel in remote and rural Australia are a growing population. Many are over 55 years of age and have chronic conditions including diabetes. The preparation, management and problems experienced by grey nomads on the road in self-managing their diabetes were the foci of a number of research studies and publications in this area. Following ethical approval, a faculty seeding grant initiated the research to ascertain the health problems experienced on the road by grey nomads and rural and remote diabetes educators in South Australia. Interviews with grey nomads had to be abandoned, however, the interviews with diabetes educators went ahead and the findings were published. Rural and remote general practictioners did not respond to participate in the research. A scoping review of the literature was published on the health of grey nomads with diabetes whilst travelling. Following this, successful funding from the Australian Diabetes Research Foundation was obtained to conduct further research and develop a preparation checklist specific for grey nomads travelling in rural and remote areas of Australia, and a draft education module for rural and remote allied health professionals. Following the gathering of a research advisory group, a survey of grey nomads was undertaken to ascertain their preparation prior to travel and self-management whilst travelling. Further interviews with rural and remote pharmacists on their experiences of grey nomads who had diabetes accessing their services was also conducted, as the previous research with diabetes educators indicated that pharmacies were often the first point of call when there were problems. A draft preparation checklist has been developed and further funding applied for its implementation and evaluation. Further funding will be sought for a specific education module on diabetes self-management for access by pharmacists and allied health professionals.

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De Bellis, Anita, 2021, Helping grey nomads with diabetes self-management: ADEA Diabetes Research Foundation Showcase and Masterclass, Conference Paper, viewed 22 October 2021, https://www.nintione.com.au/?p=26704.

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