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Evaluation of the performance and outcomes for the first year of a diabetes rapid access clinic

Neroli Newlyn, Rachel T McGrath and Gregory R Fulcher
Med J Aust 2016; 205 (4): 172. || doi: 10.5694/mja16.00460
Published online: 15 August 2016

Diabetes rapid access clinics (DRACs) have been identified by the New South Wales Agency for Clinical Innovation as a key component of an integrated diabetes model of care.1 This cost-effective model provides fast and comprehensive outpatient review and has been shown to circumvent hospital admission, decrease hospital length of stay and improve patient outcomes.2-5 Based on this approach, a nurse practitioner-led DRAC was established in February 2015 at Royal North Shore Hospital (RNSH) in Sydney as a pilot program to assess the suitability of the DRAC for scalability across the Northern Sydney Local Health District (NSLHD).

  • Neroli Newlyn1
  • Rachel T McGrath1,2
  • Gregory R Fulcher1,2

  • 1 Royal North Shore Hospital, Sydney, NSW
  • 2 Northern Clinical School, University of Sydney, Sydney, NSW


Acknowledgements: 

We thank David Small of the NSLHD Performance Unit for his assistance with cost analysis and interpretation, and Lyn Olivetti of NSLHD Chronic and Complex Care for facilitating interdisciplinary meetings.

Competing interests:

No relevant disclosures.

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