As knowledge experts in the diabetes and cardiovascular space, Baker IDI has a long history of developing and delivering customised training resources and programs to educate the community, health professionals and sales representatives, in Australia, the Asia Pacific region and around the world.
Translating the Institute's research findings into better heatlh is a core part of Baker IDI's mission and education is one way that we can do that whilst also enhancing community understanding.
Through engagement with us, our partners are able to access high quality, customised scientific information that is at the forefront of the diabetes and cardiovascular health disciplines.
Name of partner: General Practice Queensland (now CheckUP)
‘Diabetes Connect' GP and Allied Health Professional online active learning modules
CheckUP, previously General Practice Queensland, works in partnership with government, business, public and private health providers and the community services sector to build capacity of the primary health care sector through business, consultancy and training solutions.
Diabetes Connect, a training course for both Allied Health Professionals and General Practitioners (GPs), supports collaborative diabetes care for patients with type 2 Diabetes. The program was developed by General Practice Queensland with funding from Queensland Health.
Baker IDI's expert content developers and reviewers developed the structure and content for eight online education modules for GPs which complement nine modules developed for Allied Health Professionals, all focusing on best-practice diabetes care. After Allied Health Professionals and GPs complete their specific online material, both groups were invited to participate in a combined face-to-face inter-professional learning program to discuss and enhance understanding of how to better co-ordinate and collaborate to improve overall care of diabetes patients.
Name of Partner: Royal Flying Doctor Service Victoria
Health Screening Program - Program development and support
Royal Flying Doctor Service Victoria (RFDS) have long conducted a health screening service at rural and regional country shows/field days and the Royal Melbourne Show to assist members of the Victorian community understand their risk of disease and promote better health. In 2012, the RFDS engaged Baker IDI to review and develop their health screening program ensuring the inclusion of appropriate tests and protocols. The review was also used as an opportunity to up-skill the agency's volunteers, ensuring that all tests were undertaken accurately.
Following the health screenings at two regional shows in 2013, RFDS is again partnering with Baker IDI to analyse the data collected and understand areas where they may be able to direct their preventative health services and continue supporting good community health in future.
Name of partner: Victorian Department of Human Services, Sanofi Australia & New Zealand, MSD, AstraZeneca/Bristol-Myers Squibb Diabetes Alliance
Educational workshops - Face-to-face engagement with expert researchers and clinicians
Offering tailored workshops, for small to large groups, at the Alfred Medical Research Education Precinct in Melbourne or at off-site locations, Baker IDI can professionally manage an educational event for organisational staff and associates. The workshop might also incorporate networking sessions and a tour of the Institute's facilities.
Baker IDI has worked with a number of partners, including the Victorian Department of Human Services (Disability Accommodation Services in the North Division) and leading pharmaceutical companies, to provide detailed knowledge on the latest in diabetes research and treatment. Workshops have been customised for a range of audiences, including clinicians, pharmaceutical representatives and disability carers. Each has helped improve attendees' knowledge of diabetes and how it affects patients' lives, enhancing their skills to engage with those who have, or care for an individual with diabetes.