The prevalence of Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus (T2DM) within the Wyndham LGA is 5.6% and increasing as compared to Victorian state wide prevalence of 5.0%¹. The Health Independence Program (HIP) at Werribee Mercy Hospital ‘Dia-Beat-It’ program is an integrated care program consisting of group diabetes education and exercise, tailored to improving the health and wellbeing of those attending over 8 weeks.
The Dia-Beat-It program aims to decrease individual health complications and decrease demand on the acute care health sector. The evaluation focused on program relevance and efficacy for participants in terms of their health literacy, fitness levels and dietary habits in the context of diabetes management. The evaluation explored themes around client engagement, client led health education and individualisation of the group program.²
Pre and post evaluation was conducted via 6 minute walk tests, HbA1c, quality of life survey, client quiz & most significant change (MSC) questionnaire. Participants guided program development through personal reflection and group feedback.
Program Highlights and evaluation findings:
The information gained through this extensive evaluation will serve to inform our practice. The program has established stronger client pathways through the health system to ensure our clients & carers are discharged from the Health Independence Program with the necessary skills for diabetes self-management.³