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

Diabetes in pregnancy (DIP) is associated with an increase in short-term and long-term health risks for mothers and their babies. It also provides a unique opportunity to improve the future health outcomes of women and their babies.

In particular, this partnership which includes clinicians, researchers and policy makers will collaborate to inform methods of delivering evidence-based best practice antenatal and post-partum care for mothers with diabetes in pregnancy and their babies. 

Implications for policy and practice:

A better understanding of antenatal and birth outcomes, as well as of challenges concerning antenatal and post-partum care in the setting of diabetes in pregnancy may contribute to informing design of policy, practice and future interventions.

The NT Diabetes in Pregnancy Clinical Register and the FNQ Diabetes in Pregnancy Clinical Register are initiatives of the NT & FNQ DIP Partnership and can be accessed through the project website here.

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The NT Diabetes in Pregnancy Partnership Project is a longitudinal study, which commenced in 2012. The FNQ Diabetes in Pregnancy Partnership Project commenced in April 2016 and is due for completion in December 2020. 

Further information for participants can be found here.

  • National Health and Medical Research Council
  • Healthy Living NT
  • Baker Heart and Diabetes Institute
  • Northern Territory Department of Health
  • QLD Government
  • Apunipima
  • Mulungu
  • MAMU
  • Gurriny Yealamucka
  • Wuchopperen
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