GP partners Adelaide (GPpA) has worked together with DATIS for 10 years to provide the NPS educational visiting service to its GP members. The purpose has been to provide independent, evidence based information in therapeutic areas to improve patient outcomes. GPpA funds the DATIS educational visiting program from a National Prescribing Service contract. The GP advisory group for the QUM program also aims to integrate the educational visiting program topics with other divisional programs especially with CPD events where ever possible.
Currently DATIS is delivering the NPS educational visiting program ‘Type 2 Diabetes: Priorities and targets
Having type 2 diabetes more than doubles a person’s risk of dying from cardiovascular (CV) causes. Tight control of blood glucose helps prevent CV events in the long term in people who are newly diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. However studies show that lowering blood pressure and LDL cholesterol has a more immediate effect in reducing cardiovascular risk in the short term (3-5 years).
This latest therapeutic program from NPS MedicineWise encourages GPs to take a holistic approach when caring for their patients with type 2 diabetes and to address blood pressure and lipids as a priority.
This program will focus on:
- The importance of addressing blood pressure and lipids as a priority in people with type 2 diabetes
- The need to individualise blood glucose targets based on patient factors and duration of disease
- Glucose-lowering medicine options when intensifying glycaemic therapy
These NPS educational visits qualify as Quality Prescribing Initiative activities within the Practice Incentives Program. Further information can be obtained from the NPS on 02 8217 8700 and the PIP on 1800 222 032. The NPS also has a brochure on the Quality Prescribing Initiative of the Practice Incentives Program which can be downloaded from here.
The DATIS service also includes the provision of written resource and summary material for all topics. A feature of DATIS is to provide researched responses to doctors' enquiries from practice visits.
For information on DATIS visits, please phone 8275 1763.