The overall aim of the research programme at the Department of Diabetes and Endocrinology at Bankstown-Lidcombe Hospital is to investigate clinical aspects of diabetes management and diabetes education that may result in findings of benefit to those who have diabetes and those who suffer from its many complications. Of particular interest to the Department in this regard are the possible applications of computer technology to the assessment and management of diabetes by patients and the health professionals who care for them.
The Diabetes Centre actively encourages teaching, quality audit and research activity and all members of the Department have undertaken in-house and collaborative clinical audit and research work in many aspects of diabetes care. As a multidisciplinary Department all staff are involved in undergraduate and postgraduate education for medical, nursing and allied health disciplines. The Department actively encourages professional development and several members of the Department have undertaken postgraduate degree courses.
The Diabetes Centre has a longstanding interest in information technology applications and significant expertise in data sets and audit activities with a national and international reputation. The Department functioned (until Dec 2012) as the National Benchmarking Centre for Quality Audit Activities in Diabetes and was involved in the coordination of eight Australian National Diabetes Information Audit & Benchmarking (ANDIAB) surveys since 1998. An ANDIAB survey (2011) and an ANDIAB2 survey (2012) were co-ordinated in 2011-2013.
In 2011-2013, two research funding applications were successful and research work was accepted for presentation at scientific meetings including 37 papers and posters. The unit published nine journal articles and two national reports. Members of the Department have been invited speakers at national and international meetings, and several serve on diabetes advisory boards and committees to SWSLHD and to State and Commonwealth governments.