Telehealth: New Horizon in Management of Diabetes in Rural Areas

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Telehealth: New Horizon in Management of Diabetes in Rural Areas

Title of Project

Telehealth: New Horizon in Management of Diabetes in Rural Areas

Name of Advisor/s

Associate Professor Usman Malabu

College

College of Medicine & Dentistry

Summary of Project

Diabetes and its complications are the leading cause of death and hospital admissions worldwide. Although a number of health disparities exist between rural and urban areas in Australia, management of diabetes ranks as one of the most significant health concerns. Compared to Australian major cities, rural/remote areas experience two to three times higher rate of hospitalisation and poor treatment outcome due to diabetes. Despite high rate of diabetes in the rural/remote areas, there are surprisingly no special programs aimed at reducing the burden of the disease. A program that effectively manages diabetes and its complications using Telehealth could substantially reduce costs of diabetes care and may help solve the scarcity of diabetes specialists in rural/remote Australia.

Key Words

Telehealth, Diabetes, Rural/Remote