- To improve the care and outcomes for women with diabetes in pregnancy and their babies.
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.
- Cherie Whitbread
The NT Diabetes in Pregnancy Partnership Project is a longitudinal study, which commenced in 2012.
Get involved in this project:
Further information for particpants can be found here.
- National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC).
- Healthy Living NT
- Baker IDI Heart and Diabetes Institute
Northern Territory Department of Health.
- PANDORA Newsletter - December 2015
- NT Diabetes in Pregnancy Partnership Project Newsletter - December 2015
- NT Diabetes in Pregnancy Partnership Project Newsletter - September 2014
- NT Diabetes in Pregnancy Partnership Project Newsletter - May 2014
- NT Diabetes in Pregnancy Partnership Project Newsletter - March 2014
- NT Diabetes in Pregnancy Partnership Project Newsletter - October 2013
Cherie Whitbread received the award of 2017 Nurse/Midwife of the Year! Picture: Justin Kennedy NT News
New research, at Menzies within the NT Diabetes in Pregnancy Partnership Project led by Associate Professor Louise Maple-Brown will be funded by Diabetes Australia. Researches will investigate the barriers to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander mothers accessing optimal healthcare during pregnancy and may help to address the intergenerational cycle of diabetes.
A/Prof Louise Maple-Brown is dedicating her life to a grim epidemic - diabetes among Indigenous people. She particularly focuses on diabetes in pregnant women.
Menzies’ Associate Professor Louise Maple-Brown was recently awarded a Practitioner Fellowship as part of the National Health and Medical Research Council’s latest multi-million dollar funding round.
To mark National Diabetes Week 2014 (13-19 July), one of Australia’s leading diabetes specialists has called for greater awareness about the importance of early screening for high-risk women in order to diagnose type 2 diabetes in pregnancy.
One of Australia's leading diabetes specialists will present preliminary findings of a study into the rates and outcomes of diabetes in pregnancy in the Northern Territory, including the high-risk Indigenous Australian population, as part of an upcoming conference.
- 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.
- 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
- 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 Chronicle, 24(4), 27-29.
- 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.
- 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.