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My name's Lin Perry. I'm professor of nursing at the University of Technology, Sydney. I work with academic colleagues and with the diabetes clinicians in Hunter / New England to develop and support services for people with Type-1 Diabetes.
Across the big geographical area of Hunter / New England, many people live many hours from the sort of city services that are available here in Newcastle. And that's a big problem, that's a problem for everyone living with Type-1 diabetes but particularly for those who use insulin pumps.
Our team has the good fortune to have been successful in an application for funding to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Fund in the Type-1 Diabetes clinical research network.
This is the first time that JDRF have funded pilot feasibility work. Hunter / New England has an extensive tele-health network that's available and this provides high grade video conferencing facilities which links clinicians with patients and their community teams right across the whole of the area.
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We're planning to develop a dedicated insulin pump clinic. One that will take advantage of apps and mobile technology that's currently available which makes it much easier for patients to communicate their progress with their diabetes to their healthcare providers.
It's well recognised that specialist support outside of metropolitan areas is very difficult to come by.
This funding is just a start but it will enable us to develop and fine-tune this clinic.
Type-1 diabetes is a hard disease to live with and until there's a cure available it's really important that we do all we can to support the people who are living with it to get the best outcomes.
This funding will take us some steps in the right direction.
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