Kirrily Chambers joint winner of diabetes award

Kirrily Chambers in pharmacy

Australia’s first pharmacist to qualify as a Credentialled Diabetes Educator has tied with a founding ADEA member to be awarded National Credentialled Diabetes Educator of the Year 2016.

Kirrily Chambers, a pharmacist in regional South Australia, and Ann Morris, a nurse from regional Victoria, have both been named the 2016 winner of the Jan Baldwin National Credentialled Diabetes Educator of the Year award.

Chambers, the first pharmacist to be qualified as a CDE, says she is passionate about taking care of mental health issues for people with diabetes, sometimes brought about by stereotypical language used in diabetes.

“This is the one thing I wish I could change, advocating for the Diabetes Australia’s position statement about a new language for diabetes every chance I get,” says Chambers.

Having been diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at the age of 10, Chambers has spent a considerable number of years negotiating the health care system.

“What I found frustrating and a fundamental roadblock in my earlier years was that access to services and education to help with my self-management was not always the easiest,” she says.

Ann Morris, a founding member of the ADEA and a respected mentor, has been helping people with diabetes using her wealth of four-decade experience in proving diabetes education services.

“The judging panel for 2016 has again highlighted the care quality, breadth of experience and contribution to diabetes care made by these outstanding Credentialled Diabetes Educators,” says Tracy Aylen, ADEA President.

“Following two independent reviewing rounds and careful consideration by the panel, this year two nominees will receive the award based on their exceptional work.

“CDEs, like Kirrily, Ann and other members of the ADEA, are key members of the diabetes care team.

“We have received over 60 nominations this year and it tells us that health professionals and people with diabetes recognise the care and support provided by our CDEs across Australia,” says Aylen.

The total lifetime burden of disease savings resulting from all Australians with diabetes receiving Credentialled Diabetes Educator (CDE) care was estimated to be $67 billion, or $6.1 billion per annum on average, based on the benefits of diabetes education, life expectancy and number of years over which savings would be considered.


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