Information Prescriptions: Integration Partnership with the National Diabetes Services Scheme (NDSS)

Recently, we partnered with the National Diabetes Services Scheme (NDSS) to make a range of NDSS Information Prescription templates available in Bp Premier’s Word Processor.

To help raise awareness among GPs and Practices, and to help you get started, we’ve created an overview below of each of these new templates. They are all available for free, however when it’s available, you will need to run the August Data Update. Links to do so are available on our downloads page.

What Are Information Prescriptions in Bp Premier?

Information Prescriptions are templates which can be personalised to specific patients. They are easy to read and have individual goals to help prevent diabetes health-related complications.

In the case of these new Information Prescriptions, they are designed to give people with diabetes the information that they need to understand, engage with, and improve on their health targets.

NDSS Information Prescriptions Available in Bp Premier

There are ten different Information Prescriptions available that we’ve added to Bp Premier in partnership with the NDSS. Three core prescriptions focus on blood pressure, cholesterol and HbA1c. They focus on the three key health markers that influence someone’s risk of diabetes health-related complications, where less than 50% of people with diabetes achieve the RACGP recommended targets.

The ten Information Prescriptions available are:

  • Diabetes and your cholesterol
  • Diabetes and your feet low risk
  • Diabetes and your feet moderate or high risk
  • Diabetes – keeping your kidneys healthy
  • Diabetes and kidney disease
  • Diabetes, contraception and pregnancy
  • Improving your diabetes knowledge
  • Diabetes and your blood pressure
  • Diabetes and your HbA1c
  • My emotions and diabetes

Each of these Information Prescriptions allow health professionals to record personalised information and test results, set individual goals to improve diabetes management, can be used to support the annual diabetes cycle of care, and are useful in quality improvement activities.

Each template is designed to support care planning. Health professionals can use the Information Prescriptions to engage with the person with diabetes and record personalised goals and give them a resource to take home and use. 

Diabetes and Your Cholesterol

This Information Prescription explains what cholesterol is, and why it is important to manage. You can record recent cholesterol results and gives you the opportunity to discuss the documented strategies to improve cholesterol levels and set two health activities or goals that the person can work towards.

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Diabetes and Your Feet - Low Risk

This Information Prescription describes why footcare is particularly important for people living with diabetes. It explains how damage can occur and provides strategies to use to maintain healthy feet. It gives you the opportunity to discuss the documented strategies to maintain healthy, low risk feet and set two health activities or goals the person can work towards.

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Diabetes and Your Feet - Medium to High Risk

This Information Prescription identifies why it is important to manage footcare and helps explain the higher risk to the person living with diabetes. It also provides a link for health professionals to access up to date information at footforward.org.au. It gives you the opportunity to discuss the documented strategies to maintain healthy feet and set two health activities or goals the person can work towards.

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Diabetes - Keeping Your Kidneys Healthy

This Information Prescription explains how kidneys can be affected by diabetes and strategies that promote healthy kidneys. It explains the role of blood and urine checks and the importance of having regular screening. It gives you the opportunity to discuss the documented strategies to maintain healthy kidneys and set two health activities or goals the person can work towards.

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Diabetes and Kidney Disease

This Information Prescription explains how kidneys can be affected by diabetes as kidney disease progresses and strategies that promote healthy kidneys. It explains the role of blood and urine checks and the importance of having regular screening. It prompts consideration for management issues including blood pressure targets and medication review. It gives you the opportunity to discuss the documented strategies to improve kidney health and set two health activities or goals the person can work towards.

Diabetes, Contraception and Pregnancy

This Information Prescription explains the importance of planning for pregnancy and preparing for a healthy pregnancy with diabetes. It prompts consideration for management issues including medication review and screening needed prior to pregnancy. It also prompts referral to the diabetes health care team. It gives you the opportunity to discuss the documented strategies to consider at this time and set two health activities or goals the person can work towards.

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Improving Your Diabetes Knowledge

This Information Prescription explains the importance of understanding what diabetes is and how it can affect the body. It promotes the benefit of accessing reliable information to make healthy lifestyle choices and when and where to seek support. It also prompts referral to the diabetes health care team. It gives you the opportunity to discuss the documented strategies to consider at this time and set two health activities or goals the person can work towards.

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Diabetes and Your Blood Pressure

This Information Prescription explains what blood pressure is and the importance of managing blood pressure with diabetes. It prompts consideration for management issues including medication review and screening. You can set a target blood pressure and it gives you the opportunity to discuss the documented strategies to consider at this time and set two health activities or goals the person can work towards.

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Diabetes and Your HbA1c

This Information Prescription explains what HbA1c is and its importance in managing glucose levels and reducing the risk of diabetes related complications. It prompts consideration for management issues including medication review. You can set an individualised target and it gives you the opportunity to discuss the documented strategies to consider at this time and set two health activities or goals the person can work towards.

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My Emotions and Diabetes

This Information Prescription explains the importance of recognising that living with diabetes can affect emotional well-being and identifies triggers that people are more likely to experience and changes to how they feel. It provides steps to discuss and promote wellbeing and it gives you the opportunity to discuss the documented strategies to consider at this time and set two health activities or goals the person can work towards.

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Each of these Information Prescriptions are invaluable tools that health professionals can utilise to empower people living with diabetes to monitor their own condition and set goals to be proactive in their own care.

The NDSS is an Australian Government Initiative administered by Diabetes Australia. The NDSS has adapted the Diabetes UK Information Prescriptions for Australian use.

For more information on the NDSS, go to ndss.com.au.