Aims:
  • To improve the care and outcomes for women with diabetes in pregnancy and their babies. 
Summary:

The three major components of the project are:

  • The review of the current models of care to improve health service delivery for women with DIP
  • The development of a Clinical Register for use by health professionals
  • A detailed research project to assess rates, characteristics, short-term and long-term pregnancy outcomes (Pregnancy and Adverse Neonatal Diabetes Outcomes in Remote Australia, PANDORA). 
Implications for policy and practice:

This study will accurately document rates and outcomes of diabetes in pregnancy (DIP) in the Northern Territory, including the high-risk Indigenous Australian population. The results of this study should contribute to policy and clinical practice guidelines of management of DIP and follow-up of mother and baby.

The study will also inform the design of future work to reduce risk of future obesity, diabetes and cardiovascular disease in both the mothers and babies. 

The detailed assessment of neonatal body fat and cord blood biochemistry in this study should provide evidence for clinical guidelines in a field where evidence is currently lacking: the role of neonatal body composition (relative contributions of adipose tissue mass and fat free mass to birth weight) in a population at high risk of both low birth weight (from factors such as malnutrition, maternal smoking) and high birth weight / large for gestational age due to hyperglycaemia in pregnancy. 

Chief Investigator:
Project Manager:
  • Cherie Whitbread 
Contact information:
Project dates:

The NT Diabetes in Pregnancy Partnership Project is a longitudinal study, which commenced in 2012.

Get involved in this project:

If you are pregnant and have diabetes and wish to participate in the study, please contact Cherie Whitbread or Marie Kirkwood.

Further information for particpants can be found here.

Funders:
  • National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC).
Collaborators:
  • AMSANT
  • Healthy Living NT
  • Baker IDI Heart and Diabetes Institute
  • Northern Territory Department of Health.
     
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  1. Maple-Brown, L., Thomas, S., Connors, C., Whitbread, C., & Chitturi, S. (2014)  The Challenge of managing diabetes in pregnancy in the Northern Territory. Diabetes Management Journal, 47, 32-34.
  2. Maple-Brown, L., Brown, A., Lee, I-L., Connors, C., Oats, J., McIntyre, H.D., et al. (2013) Pregnancy and Neonatal Diabetes Outcomes in Remote Australia (PANDORA) study. BMC Pregnancy & Childbirth, 13-221
  3. Edwards, L., Connors, C., Whitbread, C., Brown, A., Maple-Brown, L., on behalf of the NT DIP Partnership Investigators. (2012). NT Diabetes in Pregnancy Partnership – Models of Care in the NT. The Chronicle24(4), 27-29.
  4. Edwards, L., Connors, C., Whitbread, C., Brown, A., Maple-Brown, L., on behalf of the NT DIP Partnership Investigators. (2012). NT Diabetes in Pregnancy Clinical Register. The Chronicle,24(4), 30.
  5. Maple-Brown, L., Brown, A., Lynn, I., Connors, C., Whitbread, C., O’Dea, K., et al., on behalf of the PANDORA Investigators. (2012). Pregnancy and Adverse Neonatal Diabetes Outcomes in Remote Australia (PANDORA) Study. The Chronicle, 27(4), 29 -31.