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The Diabetes care project (DCP) was a three-year pilot that was part of the Australian Government’s response to the growing incidence of chronic disease in Australia and the significant challenge that diabetes presents for the Australian community and health sector.
The DCP piloted four key changes to current care models:
The pilot study involved 150 practices from urban, rural and regional areas of South Australia (SA), Queensland (Qld) and Victoria (Vic).
The project was delivered by a consortium of healthcare organisations and experts including:
The evaluation found that improved information technology and continuous quality improvement processes were not on their own sufficient to improve health outcomes. However, combining these changes with a new funding model did make a significant difference. The report also found that the funding model used in the pilot was not cost-effective and would need to be further researched and refined.
The program commenced in 2011 and finished in June 2014.
Abstract adapted from Australian Government Department of Health
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