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Toward reducing onset of type 2 diabetes among women with previous gestational diabetes, a general practice-based trial of a quality improvement collaborative program.

Good4Mum is a general practice-based quality improvement collaborative program for diabetes prevention among women who have had gestational diabetes (elevated blood glucose during pregnancy).

GooD4Mum encompasses remotely delivered training and supported quality improvement cycles for GPs, practice nurses, diabetes educators and practice managers to increase skills and capacity to promote behavioural change and optimise chronic illness prevention among women who have had gestational diabetes.

Why gestational diabetes?

Gestational diabetes is on the rise. More than 1 in 6 women (17.9%) who gave birth in Australia in 2020-21 were diagnosed with gestational diabetes (53,900 women).  For Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander women, rates are higher, as it is for women who live in areas of socioeconomic disadvantage (Australian Institute for Health and Welfare)

In the next ten years more than half a million Australian women are expected to develop gestational diabetes, 60% will go on to develop type 2 diabetes within 10-20 years (Gestational Diabetes in Australia Position Statement). 

General practice involvement

GPs and nurses in primary care are in an excellent position to act and have a positive impact on supporting busy mothers to prevent type 2 diabetes and other chronic illness from developing.

Forward thinking Victorian general practices are invited to complete an Expression of Interest to be part of an 18 month trial of GooD4Mum.

General eligibility

  • GP practice located in Victoria, Australia
  • Use Best Practice or Medical Director medical clinical software
  • Employs a Practice Nurse
  • Have staff willing to undertake Quality Improvement activities including recall of women with a history of gestational diabetes

Benefits of participation

  • Peer-to-peer and peer-to-expert support for GPs, practice nurses and practice managers
  • Improved management of women at risk of developing diabetes
  • Free quality improvement (QI) education and activities associated with CPD points
  • Free access to Future Health Today a clinical decision support tool
  • Feedback on QI activities to enable continuous quality improvement
  • Practice thank you payment
  • Gift voucher to the nominated Good4Mum Practice Champion
  • Gift vouches to staff who participate in optional feedback interviews.

Improving the health of women with a history of gestational diabetes will improve their long-term health and well-being and also help reduce the impact diabetes on the health system.



Funders and Partners

GooD4Mum is supported by a Partnership grant from the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) and financial or in-kind support from Diabetes Australia, the Australian Government Department of Health, Diabetes Victoria and RACGP.

The Research Chief Investigators

  • Professor Helena Teede, Chief Investigator, Monash University
  • Professor Douglas Boyle, University of Melbourne
  • Professor Vincent Versace, Deakin University
  • Professor Jane Speight, The Australia Centre of Behavioural Research in Diabetes
  • Dr Siew Lim, Monash University
  • Professor Mark Morgan, Bond University
  • Associate Professor Sharleen O’Reilly, University College Dublin
  • Professor Emily Callander, University of Technology Sydney
  • Dr Dale Ford, GP

How to get more information

  • Download the information flyer (coming soon) and Plain Language Statement (coming soon)
  • Complete an Expression of Interest (coming soon)
  • Email the GooD4Mum Quality Improvement Collaborative Coordinator Wendy Shepherdley