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What is it?

National Diabetes Week is an awareness campaign organised by Diabetes Australia. RANZCO will be focussing on the role diabetes plays in causing vision problems and blindness.

     

Supporting initiatives

RANZCO supports a number of existing initiatives, including the KeepSight initiative. KeepSight is a national diabetes eye screening program launched by the Federal Health Minister in 2018. The program encourages all Australians living with diabetes to have a Medicare-funded diabetes eye test and supports people on the National Diabetes Services Scheme to receive important information about their eye health. In addition, RANZCO developed a detailed Screening and Referral Pathway for Diabetic Retinopathy and works closely with other organisations in the eye health sector to continuously improve screening and treatment compliance.

     

RANZCO's social marketing

Keep an eye out on social media for RANZCO's public awareness messaging. RANZCO's Public Health Committee has assisted with the creation of eye-catching collateral that urges the Australian and New Zealand public not to overlook the harmful effect diabetes can have on their eyes.

     

Diabetes research - made possible with support from ORIA

The Ophthalmic Research Institute of Australia (ORIA) has funded two projects dedicated to diabetes research. You can read about Dr Stuart Keel on the use of artificial intelligence for screening patients with diabetes and Dr Liu on gene therapy for diabetic retinopathy in the ORIA impact report.

     

Clinical and Experimental Ophthalmology on diabetes

RANZCO's CEO Journal features a range of interesting diabetes-related articles. Each one is linked below. Don't forget that you can download the CEO App for convenient access.

     

We want to hear from you!

If you've recently had a patient with an interesting history, presentation or story, please get in touch with us via ranzco@ranzco.edu. The College is keen to promote the work of members and this is best done through stories about you and your patients.