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Current screening methods are failing to detect people with diabetes in northern Australia. In December 2009 the American Diabetes Association updated their criteria for diagnosing diabetes to include glycated haemoglobin A (HbA1c) testing. Currently the use of HbA1c to diagnose diabetes is not part of the Australian guidelines.
This project aims to determine the potential utility of HbA1c as a diagnostic tool for diabetes, in remote Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health service practices. This project will assess the benefit of the addition of HbA1c screening by measuring:
Program outcomes determined that POC HbA1c testing is sufficiently accurate to be a useful component in screening for, and diagnosing, diabetes in remote communities.
Abstract adapted from Kimberley Aboriginal Medical Services Council (KAMSC)
Kimberley Aboriginal Medical Services Council (KAMSC)
Corner of Anne and Dora Streets
PO Box 1377
Broome WA 6725
Ph: (08) 9194 3200
Fax: (08) 9192 2500