Point of Care QAAMS

Point of Care QAAMS

Point of Care QAAMS

QAAMS logo What is the QAAMS program?

‘QAAMS’ stands for Quality Assurance for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Medical Services.

QAAMS is an Australian Government funded national program that provides a culturally appropriate and clinically effective diabetes management service for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. It uses on-site point-of-care pathology testing for haemoglobin A1c (HbA1c) and urine albumin:creatinine ratio (ACR) conducted on the Siemens DCA /Vantage under a quality management framework.

The QAAMS Program has proven to be a successful and sustainable project. Established in 1999, operations have progressed and expanded over the past 15 years. For more information go to the QAAMS website.

QAAMS Members

If you are a QAAMS participant, please go the QAAMS website for information about training, competency assessment, quality management and Medicare rebates. You can also contact our Centre about all QAAMS matters on 08 8201 7555.

Research Outcomes

Through the research conducted in QAAMS, there is now a sound research evidence base to prove that:

  • Point-of-care testing conducted by Aboriginal Health Workers is of equivalent analytical standard to that expected of the laboratory.
  • Access to point-of-care testing has resulted in statistically significant improvements in diabetes control among groups of diabetes patients across different communities.
  • There has been a statistically significant increase in stakeholder satisfaction (clinicians, patients and device operators) after the introduction of point-of-care testing in QAAMS.

Global Award for the QAAMS Program – Projects That Work, November 2013

In 2013, the Foundation for the Advancement of International Medical Education and Research (FAIMER) recognised the QAAMS Program for a ‘Projects That Works’ award. QAAMS was one of only five global recipients of this award (from over 120 applications).

This prestigious award recognises projects of greater than three year’s duration which have had a significantly impact on ‘Improving Rural and Community-based Healthcare’.

Point of Care QAAMS map

Where is the program active?

There are over 190 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander medical sites enrolled in the national QAAMS Program. Every State and Territory is represented. This map shows the general location of services in the QAAMS Program.

Who’s involved?

Researchers from our Centre

Kristina Barancek and Lisa Jolly represent the RCPA Quality Assurance Programs Pty Ltd.

Yvette Kruger and Simon Vale represent Siemens Healthcare

David Dunn is the QAAMS Program's Clinical Support Officer.

Leaders Group

  • National and New South Wales Leader: Christopher O'Brien
  • Queensland Leader: Ann-Marie Mitchell
  • Victorian and Tasmanian Leader: Dallas Kirby
  • South Australian Leader: Jerome Ah Kit-Burgoyne
  • Northern Territory Leader: Rrapa Dhurrkay
  • Western Australian Leader: Trevor Garlett