About Us

Research Focus

The key focus of the Centre for Nursing and Allied Health Research (CNAHR) research program is improving the
personalised care of older people with diabetes and diabetes palliative and end of life care.

Key projects include:

*The McKellar Guidelines for Managing Older People with Diabetes in Residential and Other Care Settings


The McKellar Guidelines became the official policy for managing older people with diabetes in residential aged care in Barwon Health in August 2014 and are also available on the Australian Disease Management Association (ADMA) Integrated Chronic Disease Management Online Clearinghouse: 


*We are currently monitoring the impact of the guidelines on care planning for people with diabetes.


*Quality Use of Glucose Lowering Medicines: The Q-Med Study


*Development of a suite of information about glucose lowering medicines for use by older people with diabetes, their family/carers and health care staff.


*Pain in Older People with Diabetes -The POP-D study.


*Personalised diabetes-specific discharge care planning for older people with diabetes.


*Development of diabetes – specific discharge planning information for older people with diabetes and their family/carers to support management of diabetes after a hospital admission.

*Revision of the Guidelines for Managing Diabetes at the End of Life.

Major Achievements

Highlights from the last 12 months

Key highlights were:
*Hosted a successful symposium, Managing Older People with Diabetes: Sharing Wisdom, March 4, 2016, attended
by 150 people. The symposium was funded by the Barwon Health Education, Training and Research Profile Fund (ETRPF) to support an International Professorial Visit by Professor Alan Sinclair.
*Impact of the McKellar Guidelines for Managing Older People with Diabetes in Residential and Other Care Settings:
*Presented the Guidelines at the National Association for Diabetes Centres (NADC) Best Practice Meeting October 2015, Sydney. The Guidelines were cited in the Australian National Diabetes Strategy 2016-2020.
*Participated in the International Federation of Ageing Dane Age Global Think Tank (2015), Copenhagen.
*Published 15 peer-reviewed papers, four book chapters, six other publications, delivered six peer-reviewed conference oral presentations and ten invited presentations.
*Delivered four research and writing professional development workshops which are open to Barwon Health and Deakin University staff and students within nursing, allied health and medicine.
*Delivered the Annual World Diabetes Day Professorial Address (2015), Ah Language-Today a Person Tomorrow a Diabetic, during Smart Geelong Research Week at Barwon Health.
*Quality Use of Glucose Lowering Medicines: Q-Med Study: completed data collection, finalised the suite of information and writing the final report.
*Personalised diabetes-specific discharge care planning for older people with diabetes study: developed, trialled
and evaluated discharge planning information for older people with diabetes after a hospital admission.


Looking Forward

Anticipated Highlights in the next 12 months


*Launching and disseminating the Q-Med suite of information.
*In 2016-2017 we will complete Q-Med Study and report and launch the suite of information developed for: people with diabetes and their family/carers, registered and enrolled nurses and personal care workers. Once the
information is officially launched we will commence the dissemination process.
*Completing the personalised diabetes –specific discharge planning for older people with diabetes project.
*Presenting a workshop at the ADS/ADEA Annual Scientific Meeting (August 2016) about personalised diabetes –specific discharge planning for older people with diabetes.
*Submitting the final report to the Nurses Board of Victoria Legacy Limited in October 2016 and preparing a grant application to validate the study.
*Revising, launching and disseminating the Guidelines for Managing Diabetes at the End of Life
*The expert writing group are currently revising the Guidelines. The revised Guidelines will provide new information about diabetes palliative and end of life care with a particular focus on the importance of communicating people’s preference for management of diabetes at the end of life.
*Writing a book about personalised care with older people with diabetes which will be published by Springer
*Commence revising the McKellar Guidelines for Managing Older People with Diabetes in Residential and Other Care Settings.