This online and practice implementation module provides a comprehensive guide for general practitioners and health care professionals working in general practice and primary health care to establish a functional diabetic retinopathy (DR) screening service in their practice.
The module is based on the findings of an NHMRC trial which identified that general practices, with appropriate camera and in-practice training, achieved mean effective DR screening rates of 99% (NHMRC estimates our national rate at 50%).
It also includes perspectives of patients and practitioners regarding optimal screening and is suitable for urban, rural and Aboriginal Medical Service settings.
During the program you will learn about:
- the new DR MBS item numbers: 12325 and 12326: and
- requirements for a safe and effective DR service, including;
- the necessary practice infrastructure, including choice of camera
- information for practice nurses and Aboriginal Health Workers to maximise quality images using a non-mydriatic camera
- online training for GPs to be confident in the accurate interpretation of retinal images and appropriate referral
- a self-test to benchmark screening accuracy
- strategies to develop a process for DR screening which suits your practice and community.