A MODERN solution to beat disease

Friday, 10 July 2015

From left: Casey Weel, YihKai Chan, Katrina Brown, Associate Professor Melinda Carrington, Glynis Cacavas, Andre Rodrigues, Gary Layton, Julia Currell

The MacKillop Institute has opened a pioneering new clinic to address diabetes and heart disease in regional Victoria.

ACU’s Mary MacKillop Institute for Health Research has launched a nurse-led health program in Colac, Victoria with the support of renowned endocrinologist Emeritus Professor Paul Zimmet, State MP Terry Mulder, Councillor Frank Buchanan, Mayor of Colac, and Professor Simon Stewart, Director of the MacKillop.

The MODERN program will work with the local community to reduce their chances of developing diabetes and heart disease.

Program Director Associate Professor Melinda Carrington said the clinic will respond to a key societal need.

“Approximately 1 million Australians are diagnosed with diabetes each year, which is a key factor for developing heart disease, the leading cause of death in Australia.  Many Australians are on the cusp of developing diabetes and don’t know it,

“MODERN will develop a regional health care program that reduces the risk of developing diabetes or heart disease (such as a heart attack or stroke) by identifying and managing the risk factors that cause these diseases,” said Associate Professor Carrington.

“People can have many risk factors, but when a combination group together at the same time, including high blood pressure, obesity, high blood sugar and lipids (cholesterol and triglyceride), it forms what is called the ‘metabolic syndrome’, and greatly exposes individuals to the development of diabetes and heart disease,” she said.

Associate Professor Carrington said MODERN has the potential to service many undiagnosed potentially ‘at-risk’ individuals living in and around Colac.

“It will fulfil an important social and clinical need for dedicated services for those Australians at risk of developing diabetes and heart disease.” 

The clinic is funded by a $1.3 million National Health and Medical Research Council grant and is a partnership between the Mary MacKillop Institute for Health Research, the University of Melbourne and the Baker IDI Heart and Diabetes Institute.

MODERN is located at Suite 2, 6 Murray Street, Colac, Victoria.  For appointments, please call 03 5233 9400.