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Northern Territory (NT) diabetes in pregnancy partnership



This Menzies School of Health Research project aims to improve the outcomes of women with diabetes and their babies.

The three major components of the project are:

This longitudinal study will accurately document rates and outcomes of DIP in the Northern Territory (NT), including the high-risk Indigenous Australian population. The results of this study should contribute to policy and clinical practice guidelines of management of DIP and follow-up of mother and baby. It will also inform the design of future work to reduce risk of future obesity, diabetes and cardiovascular disease in both the mothers and babies.

The project also involves a detailed assessment of neonatal body fat and cord blood biochemistry. This will contribute to understanding of the link between neonatal body fat composition and hyperglycaemia (diabetes) in pregnancy; a field where evidence is currently lacking.

This project is funded by the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC), and is in partnership with Aboriginal Medical Services Alliance Northern Territory (AMSANT), Healthy Living NT, Baker IDI Heart and Diabetes Institute, and the NT Department of Health.

Abstract adapted from Menzies School of Health Research


Assoc. Prof. Louise Maple Brown
Principal Research Fellow
Chief Investigator
Menzies School of Health Research
John Matthews Building
Building 58 Royal Darwin Hospital Campus
PO Box 41096
Casuarina NT 0811
Ph: (08) 8922 8196
Fax: (08) 8927 5187

If you know of someone who is pregnant and wishes to participate in this study please contact:
Cherie Whitbread
Project Manager
Marie Kirkwood

Related publications

Diabetes Australia (2013)

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders and diabetes action plan.

Canberra: Diabetes Australia

Maple-Brown L, Brown A, Lynn I, Connors C, Whitbread C, O’Dea K, Oats J, McIntyre D, Shaw J, Zimmet P (2012)

Pregnancy and Adverse Neonatal Diabetes Outcomes in Remote Australia (PANDORA) Study.

The Chronicle; 24(4): 29-31


Last updated: 13 June 2016
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