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Diabetes nurses win research funding.

TWO SOUTH Island diabetes nurse specialists have each won $5000 in research funding from pharmaceutical group Eli Lilly. The money is part of the group's $40,000 contribution to support further study and research into diabetes in New Zealand.

The $10,000 nursing research grant has been shared by Christchurch diabetes educator for the Pegasus Primary Health Organisation (PHO) Maggie Wilson and diabetes nurse specialist at Dunedin Hospital Maree Steele.

Wilson said she was delighted the company was committed to funding research for five years. "Nursing research money is hard to come by so I am very pleased to receive the grant."

The money will go towards an evaluation of practice nurse projects aimed at improving the management of those with diabetes. "Practice nurses have huge potential to help people to better manage their diabetes," Wilson said.

As a diabetes educator with Pegasus PHO, she runs internal training programmes for practice nurses and GPs. "My role is to optimise the management of those with diabetes in this PHO."

Steele was awarded the research grant for her proposal, "Otago Diabetes in Pregnancy Audit: A seven year retrospective analysis."

Four Auckland doctors received the $30,000 diabetes specialist research grant for their proposal, "Delaying the progression of renal dysfunction in Pacific and Maori patients with diabetic nephropathy".
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Publication:Kai Tiaki: Nursing New Zealand
Date:Jun 1, 2004
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