Improving diabetes outcomes for mothers and babies

Improving clinical care for women with diabetes in pregnancy, and improving the future health outcomes of mothers and babies, are key aims of the Northern Territory Diabetes in Pregnancy Partnership Project (PANDORA).

Since the partnership commenced in 2012, the study team have seen a heightened awareness of diabetes in pregnancy, an increase in screening for diabetes in pregnancy, and thus, increasing numbers of women diagnosed.

This is a significant step towards improving management and outcomes of diabetes in pregnancy for mother and baby; enabling the prevention of chronic disease to occur as early as possible in the life course.

Whilst the emphasis to date has been on women with diabetes in pregnancy, the team will now switch focus to post-natal management incorporating inter-pregnancy health of women and their future pregnancies.