Three JCU students win Diabetes Queensland scholarships
Three James Cook University students have been awarded Diabetes Queensland scholarships to help health professionals care for people with diabetes.
Patrick Chan, a pharmacist, and Samantha Conroy and Robyn Keating, both nurses, are studying for graduate certificates in diabetes education. The scholarships will pay for one subject each in their studies.
Ms Conroy (pictured above) said her clinic in Cairns was currently treating about 200 people a day, with almost half having diabetes.
“Effective diabetes care and knowledge of diabetes prevention needs to be provided to slow down the current epidemic,” Ms Conroy said.
“After I’ve completed my graduate certificate, I’d love to work part-time as a diabetes educator and part-time in casualty so I can help my patients with the latest information about diabetes treatment and management, and help people to prevent the condition.”
Mrs Keating, also from Cairns, said having formal diabetes qualifications would help current patients who often don’t have easy access to the city.
“One of the most difficult issues that I face now is fully supporting a person newly diagnosed with diabetes.”
“Once I’ve finished my studies, I would like to be able to offer special education sessions for newly diagnosed diabetics, and work towards offering a High Risk Foot Clinic to the south side of Cairns.”
Mr Chan (pictured above) said he was currently working as a community pharmacist educating customers about their diabetic medication and the importance of glucose monitoring.
“My wife and customers encouraged me to become a Credentialled Diabetes Educator. More CDEs mean better outcomes for people with diabetes, the community and the health system.”
Diabetes Queensland CEO Michelle Trute said the diabetes tide could be turned if more people knew the symptoms and more health professionals had access to the latest information on diabetes treatment and research.
“If more people know about the symptoms, including thirst and slow-healing wounds, more people will check with their health professionals.
“By supporting people to undertake post graduate studies in diabetes, we hope to provide those professionals with the most effective prevention tools and treatments.”