Rita is a newly qualified GP and a PhD student at the University of Melbourne. After completing medical school in Ireland, she moved to Melbourne to train as a GP. As part of her GP training, she completed an Academic GP Registrar position at the Department of General Practice at the University of Melbourne.
Rita believes that clinical work as a GP and being involved with research leads to better outcomes for her patients. She wants to further investigate how GPs could use electronic health technology to more effectively diagnose and manage type 2 diabetes.
Type 2 diabetes (T2D) affects over one million Australians and this number is estimated to rise to 3.5 million by the year 2033. Poorly controlled T2D can lead to multiple complications, including amputations, blindness, kidney failure, and heart attacks. T2D is a leading cause of each of these medical outcomes. GPs have multiple guidelines that help direct them on the best ways to assist people with T2D to improve their health. Due to the complex realities of general practice, these guidelines are not reliably implemented.
“Future Health Today” (FHT) is a technological platform, developed by staff at The University of Melbourne, which integrates decision-support and pathways of care into a GP’s everyday workflow. This will allow GP’s to further engage with patients with regards to their health, particularly T2D and cardiometabolic health. This research involves design and implementation of a specific module of FHT focused on the early identification of T2D to reduce the risk of long-term complications by optimising treatment early in the course of the illness.
Co-Investigators: Dr Jo-Anne Manski-Nankervis, Professor Jon Emery & A/Professor Noah Ivers.