Integrating diabetic retinopathy screening within diabetes education services in Australia's diabetes and indigenous primary care clinics
Sharon Atkinson-Briggs, Alicia Jenkins, Anthony Keech, Christopher Ryan, Laima Brazionis
Internal Medicine Journal | Wiley | Published : 2019
As diabetes occurs in all ethnicities and regions it is essential that retinopathy screening be widely available. Screening rates are lower in Indigenous than in non‐Indigenous Australians. Technological advances and Medicare rebates should facilitate improved outcomes. Use of non‐ophthalmic clinicians, (general practitioners, diabetes educators, health‐workers and endocrinologists) to supplement coverage by ophthalmologists and optometrists would extend retinopathy screening capacity. Diabetes educators are an integral part of diabetes management. Integrating ocular screening and diabetes education in primary care settings has potential to improve synergistically retinopathy screening cover..View full abstract
L. Brazionis and A. Jenkins are supported by a NHMRC CRE in Diabetic Retinopathy. A. Jenkins is also supported by a NHMRC Practitioner Fellowship and is a Sydney Medical School Foundation Fellow. S. Atkinson-Briggs is supported by scholarships from POCHE and the NHMRC Clinical Trials Centre.