Tackling the diabetes epidemic together: Diabesity Masterclass Series 2021

Community diabetes nurse consultant Sharon McClelland and local GP Dr Abu Kabir at the Blacktown Diabetes Telehealth Best Care Medical Clinic.

From lifestyle changes to medication and surgery, and treating children to the elderly, are you up to date with best practice for managing obesity and type 2 diabetes?

Western Sydney Diabetes has partnered with a prestigious faculty of 55 health professionals from across NSW to help tackle the diabetes epidemic in NSW with a new Western Sydney and Hunter New England Diabesity Masterclass 2021 Series.

The series will run for 12 weeks every Monday, 7pm-8.30pm, from August 2 to October 25 with each night addressing a different theme around diabetes and obesity.

It is designed for GPs, pharmacists, diabetes educators, practice and community nurses, endocrinologists, dietitians, exercise physiologists, psychologists and podiatrists to better equip them with the skills to manage type 2 diabetes.

Western Sydney Diabetes (WSD) Masterclass co-ordinator and endocrine registrar Dr Raymond Kodsi said both type 2 diabetes and obesity are complex, inter-related and multifaceted issues.

“The Masterclass Series will address specific topics related to these comorbidities over several weeks to upskill health professionals and give them the confidence to manage these issues,” Dr Kodsi said.

As a result this will decrease the burden of complications and the demand on specialist and acute hospital resources in the long term.”

Last year WSD collaborated with Blacktown Obesity and Metabolic Clinic, Nepean Blue Mountains Local Health District and primary health networks to run the event, producing 15 hours of educational content.

To grow on the success of last year’s series, which attracted almost 800 registrants, WSD has expanded its partnership to South West Sydney and Hunter New England to develop a comprehensive program to address diabetes in their regions.

The masterclass will cover 12 themes delivered by about 50 highly-qualified faculty from across NSW who will keep you right up-to-date with the management of type 2 diabetes.

The evenings will include short, interactive case discussions or question and answer sessions.

When participants enrol for the whole series they will have access to the recorded presentations which will be hosted long term on the myINTERACT app.

“So this means that if you can’t make every evening, as long as you have registered, you can watch the presentations later at your own leisure,” Dr Kodsi said.

Register now here

Western Sydney Local Health District (WSLHD) is leading the charge on beating diabetes together as part of the Western Sydney Diabetes (WSD) initiative.

The collaborative initiative is led by WSLHD, Western Sydney Primary Health Network (WentWest), PricewaterhouseCoopers, Diabetes NSW & ACT and the Department of Primary, Industry and Environment.