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Pharmacist wins nation CDE
BY ANDREW DANIELS
South Australian pharmacist, Kirrily Chambers has been named as joint winner
of the Jan Baldwin National Credentialled Diabetes Educator of the Year.
Kirrily Chambers was the first
pharmacist to qualify as a CDE and is
passionate about taking care of mental
health issues for people with diabetes
that are 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,' she said.
Kirrily shares the title with Ann Morris,
a nurse from regional Victoria.
Australian Diabetes Educators
Association President Tracy Aylen
said the judging panel for 2016 had
highlighted the care quality, breadth of
experience and contribution to diabetes
care made by both winners.
Kirrily told Australian Pharmacist she
had never understood why pharmacists
could not be Credentialled Diabetes
She said winning the Award had given
recognition to pharmacists 'that we are
part of the healthcare team'.
'We have a lot of value to add. We see
people with chronic disease probably
more than any other healthcare
professional, particularly those who are
dropping though the system and not
turning up for their appointments.'
Kirrily finds it interesting that people are
still labelled by disease states.
'The words control and test are still used
a lot. We still use the words testing strips
when we should be using the words
monitoring strips because it [testing
strips] indicates that people have failed
in some way when they don't hit bench
marks. What comes with that is an awful
amount of guilt and therefore mental
'I try to practice open communication
and not use any of those words. One of
the things I get a lot is when people
come in... and you see the body
language, they'll say things like "I've
been naughty this week". I say things like
"no you haven't, maybe you've been on
the opposite end of good".
'It makes such an impact on people's
lives when they can understand that
there is a genetic component. Everyone
knows if they are overweight that
they have to lose weight. If that is very
obvious they don't need to have it
pointed out time and time again.
'It is about how we communicate that
and how we get people to understand
that it is not their fault. Some of it is how
they have been genetically predisposed.
I don't get through a whole week where
someone doesn't burst into tears.
Mental health is enormous in chronic
disease,' Kirrily said.
Kirrily believes everyone should be very
aware about saying, 'how many tests are
you doing a day' because it indicates
there is a pass rate and a failure rate.
Rather, it should be 'how often are you
'If they are not monitoring the question
to ask is -- "Is there a reason why
you aren't?" Not well you should be!
Language should have a positive spin
Ms Aylen said that CDEs, like Kirrily,
Ann and other members of the ADEA,
were key members of the diabetes care
'We 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.'
The total lifetime burden of disease
savings resulting from all Australians
with diabetes receiving Credentialled
Diabetes Educator (CDE) care has been
estimated to be $67 billion or $6.1
billion per year on average, based on
the benefits of diabetes education, life
expectancy and number of years over
which savings would be considered.
Diabetes education is effective in
improving the self-management of
diabetes and its costs are inexpensive
relative to the healthcare costs
incurred later on from sub-optimally
The Jan Baldwin National Credentialled
Diabetes Educator of the Year Award was
supported by Lilly Australia.
It is about how we
communicate that and how we
get people to understand that
it is not their fault. Some of it is
how they have been genetically
predisposed. I don't get through
a whole week where someone
doesn't burst into tears.
Mental health is enormous in
-- Kirrily Chambers
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