Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People

Point-of-care testing of HbA1c and blood glucose in a remote Aboriginal Australian community

This study assessed the accuracy of point-of-care (POC) measurements of capillary blood glucose and glycosylated haemoglobin (H POC capillary HbA1c testing. Result indicate that POC capillary glucose results should be confirmed by a laboratory test of venous plasma if the results are likely to significantly influence clinical decisions.

The Analytical Quality of Point-of-Care Testing in the ‘QAAMS’ Model for Diabetes Management in Australian Aboriginal Medical Services

This paper provides updated evidence for the analytical quality of the POCT in the QAAMS Australian Government-funded Quality Assurance for Aboriginal Medical Services Program. The median imprecision for point-of-care (POC) HbA1c and urine ACR quality assurance (QA) testing has continually improved over the past six and half years, stabilising at approximately 3% for both analytes and proving analytically sound in Aboriginal hands.

 

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