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August Snapshot: National Clinical Network for Children and Young People with Diabetes

Added 16th August 2023

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Tēnā koutou katoa,

The National Clinical Network for Children and Young People with Diabetes (CN) was one of the first networks of the New Zealand Child and Youth Clinical Network (NZCYCN) programme developed in partnership with the Paediatric Society of New Zealand – Te Kāhui Mātai Arotamariki o Aotearoa. This programme is funded by Manatū Hauora Ministry of Health.

The purpose of the CN is to provide clinical leadership and oversight to ensure there is a planned and consistent approach to the provision of diabetes services for taitamariki across Aotearoa.

The aim of the network is to improve the care of taitamariki with diabetes and support their whānau through clinical networking, development of resources, and audits. An annual workplan is developed and all deliverables are aimed to improve equity of access to healthcare and health outcomes for all taitamariki including Māori, Pasifika, disabled and other populations impacted by structural barriers.

The four main “deliverables” for the CN are:

People: Nga Tāngata

  • Develop national mechanisms and tools that support and equip whānau to be informed and involved in their healthcare.
  • Promote health workforce development and support to enable professionals to use evidence-based practice in a culturally safe framework.

Partnerships and Connectedness

  • Promote the Clinical Network as the expert advisory group in taitamariki diabetes in Aotearoa. Providing leadership through developing partnerships and connections across health and education sectors.

Improving Practice

  • Development and implementation of quality improvement activities to improve equity of access to healthcare for tamariki and rangatahi with emphasis on Māori, Pasifika, and disabled communities.

Sustainability 

  • To develop the Clinical Networks and embed activities to ensure sustainability.

We are also very grateful to Debbie Rawiri, Te Kaiwhakahaere Māori te Roopu mate huka for gifting the CN the following kupu: As kaitiaki (caregivers/guardians) of diabetes related services, it is a collective responsibility to establish an environment that facilitates a pathway for people with diabetes to navigate te ao mate huka - the world of diabetes. This will be on all of our documentation moving forward.

Over the last year, the CN has worked on a number of activities and the next page is an infographic to outline our achievements over these last twelve months. Our intention is to keep you updated at least every six months.

Please do reach out if you have any questions or feedback for us as we all work together to improve the care of taitamariki with diabetes in Aotearoa. We can be contacted via [email protected]

Our resources and documents can be accessed through our website page here.

Dr Joanna McClintock

Consultant Clinical Psychologist |Kaimātai Hauora Hinengaro Chair of the National Clinical Network for Children and Young People with Diabetes