Jayne Lehmann began working as a Registered Nurse with people with diabetes in 1985 at Flinders Medical Centre in South Australia. Time spent on the diabetes ward of the hospital set the scene for a career in diabetes care and education. Embarking on a Bachelor of Nursing with a major in education at Flinders University in 1988, Jayne published her first peer review article in the Advanced Journal of Nursing on the screening, diagnosis and education of women with gestational diabetes.
The first ten years of Jayne’s diabetes career were spent working in the Diabetes Education Unit at Flinders Medical Centre. Initially the Clinical Nurse, Jayne was appointed Clinical Nurse Consultant of the Unit, where she gained clinical experience in the care of type 1 diabetes in children and adults, type 2 diabetes, gestational diabetes and diabetes during pregnancy.
In 1996 Jayne started EdHealth Australia, a diabetes care and education business that has enabled her to broaden the reach of her work. A range of organisations in South Australia and interstate have worked with Jayne to design and implement high quality diabetes care and support policies, systems and services. In 2016 Jayne created DE@Connect to support grassroots health professionals with the information, resources and tips to provide quality diabetes care as a strategy to get more people with diabetes reaching their glycaemic targets.
Jayne has been awarded a number of awards and grants to acknowledge and progress her work, including CDE of the Year for South Australia in 2017. An evidence based approach is embedded in to her work with people with diabetes including involvement in research studies that have been published and presented at national and international conferences.
Jayne’s professional leadership is extensive. Active involvement in the Australian Diabetes Educator’s Association has seen her appointed to a broad range of positions and committees in South Australia and nationally. Jayne also worked with colleagues to set-up and convene the ADEA Private Practice Special Interest group. The Australian Diabetes Educator journal evolved from a newsletter to journal under Jayne’s eight years as Managing Editor of the publication. Jayne currently is a member of the Adelaide Primary Health Networks’ Southern Clinical Council, Disability Health Priority Group and Chair of their Membership Advisory Council.
A special interest in the diabetes care and education of people with an intellectual disability has enabled Jayne to provide a valuable clinical and consultancy service to support improved health outcomes in this area of care. Jayne is often consulted for her expertise in this area and was a co-author in 2014 on a Systematic Literature Review published on the topic in Diabetic Medicine in 2014.