Analytical and Excellence (ACE) Program

What is the ACE Program?

ACE logo

The Analytical and Excellence (ACE) Program is an international point-of-care testing model for diabetes management. Established in 2011, ACE is founded on elements of the successful Australian-based QAAMS (Quality Assurance for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Medical Services) point-of-care testing field program for diabetes management.

Collaborative research partnerships have been fostered and developed with international universities and professional organisations across the globe that are socially accountable. Our partners have strong links with their local or regional Indigenous communities where the prevalence of diabetes is high.

In the future, the ACE Program will be expanded to encompass models using POCT to screen and manage other chronic, acute and infectious diseases.


Point of care ACE Program training

Join the ACE Program

We can help you to establish a sustainable POCT field program for a range of acute, chronic diseases and infectious diseases in a variety of settings. What to consider:

  • your community’s disease burdens and health needs;
  • costs - our Centre is self-funded and there is an annual fee to cover the cost of our services. You will also need funds to purchase the POCT device(s) and testing cartridges.

If you are interested in partnering with us, please contact Lara Motta.

How we can help you

We provide:

“Without the [ACE] program our clients would have to wait at least 2 weeks before we would have an HbA1c result [from the laboratory].

As a result of the program we are able to manage our [diabetes] patients and change medications in one visit instead of having to follow up when results come in.

The clients enjoy having the fast results and seeing how their efforts have paid off for them.”

Nurse Practitioner, Canada

  • on-going access to our full training and competency assessment programs for ACE via a password-protected website, issuing of competency certificates for your qualified operators, maintenance of a competency register for your communities, and/or Skype or videoconference training as required
  • access to our training support materials and resources, and key paperwork required for management of your POCT service
  • access to our proven quality management system and regular reports on the analytical quality of results produced by your Siemens DCA Vantage/s
  • access to our regular newsletters for all international ACE participants
  • annual feedback reports on the analysis of your de-identified patient results
  • assistance with common technical issues and errors
  • broad consultancy on the application of POCT in the Indigenous/rural and remote global health sectors, as required.

Where is the program active?

Map showing countries where the ACE Program has be

The ACE Program for diabetes management has been introduced to over 30 Indigenous communities in the following countries:

  • Canada
  • South Africa
  • Thailand
  • Papua New Guinea
  • Solomon Islands
  • East Timor
  • Western Samoa

Our partners

  • University of Saskatchewan, Canada
  • University of Pretoria, South Africa
  • University of Pretoria, South Africa
  • Public Health Office KhonKaen Province & University of Phayoa, Thailand
  • University of Technology, Lae,Papua New Guinea
  • National Diabetes Centre, Solomon Islands
  • East Timor Eye Program, Dili National Hospital, East Timor
  • National Health Service, Western Samoa

Funding

We acknowledge and thank Siemens Ltd (Global and Australasian divisions), for their support with sponsorship and POCT devices and reagents for the ACE Program.

More information:

Lara Motta
Research Assistant

Email: lara.motta@flinders.edu.au
Phone: +61 8 8201 7795