Diabetes Alliance announces next meeting date

By Editor
28th June 2016
Education, Good practice Self management

The Alliance for Diabetes Self-Management and Prevention has announced its next meeting.

The event, which will be held in Denmark, is scheduled to take place on Thursday, December 1 and Friday, December 2.

Healthcare professionals, who are interested in attending, can reserve a provisional place ahead of the conference which is being held  in Copenhagen.

The aim of the second international summit titled ‘Modern Approaches to Diabetes Self-Management and Prevention’ is to promote self-management and prevention of type 2 diabetes.

Structured classes

Professor Heather Daly, one of the organisers who is based at the Leicester Diabetes Centre, said: “This year we aim to cultivate the great potential for synergy across modern approaches to diabetes self-management and prevention and build on the success of the 2015 inaugural meeting.”

The Alliance was created in 2015 to make self-management programmes “accessible worldwide” and to bring “wholesale changes”.

Before the association began, 14 per cent of healthcare professionals had offered structured classes to support and educate people with diabetes and only 10 per cent of those people had required extra help.

The meeting aims to raise the profile of self-management and prevention by:

  • Establishing a forum for discussing and developing new approaches in diabetes self-management and prevention.
  • Broadly disseminating knowledge, challenges and needs in modern diabetes self-management and prevention.
  • Contributing to a state-of-the-art position paper on the challenges of and recommendations for development and research.

Keith Vaz MP, chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Diabetes, will open the meeting and some of the confirmed speakers include:

Professor Lawrence Fisher – Working in the Behavioral Diabetes Research Group, University of California, US. Lawrence Fisher leads on studies looking at behavioural change interventions.

Dr Natalia Piana – An expert in therapeutic education for those
with chronic diseases and in training health care professionals in therapeutic patient education based at the University of Perugia, Italy.

Professor Bjarne Bruun Jensen – As director of Steno Health Promotion Research, Steno Diabetes Center in Gentofte, Denmark, Bjarne is a front-runner in health promotion research in diabetes.

Professor Melanie Davies – Internationally-renowned in the world of diabetes and beyond, Melanie’s research interests include prevention, self-management and treatment of type 2 diabetes.

The official invitation and more details regarding the conference will be sent in May 2016. For any further queries, please contact asha.george@uhl-tr.nhs.uk or rtht@steno.dk.

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