If you have diabetes or are at risk of developing diabetes, our team of educators can work with you, your family/carer to identify appropriate goals and help you develop skills to self-manage your condition.
Diabetes educators can increase your understanding of risk factors and how to look after yourself by:
- Explaining diabetes to you
- Teaching you why it is important to monitor the amount of sugar in your blood
- Teaching you when to test your blood
- Providing information on medications for diabetes
- Teaching you how to manage your medications to maintain your sugar levels
- Offering information on how you can manage your sugar levels when you are sick
- Providing information on how healthy eating and exercise can help keep you well
- Helping you to avoid other health problems
- Explaining how you can avoid low and high sugar levels if you have type 1 diabetes
- Teaching you how to manage type 1 diabetes with the Dose Adjustment For Normal Eating (DAFNE) program.
Our services are available to all ages and can be accessed through:
- Northeast Health Wangaratta hospital (inpatients)
- Community Care Care
- Residential Aged Care Facilities (if appropriate)
- NHW is a registered provider for National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS), TAC and Work Cover.
Referrals: Anyone can make a referral to this service including all healthcare professionals, you or your carer. For self-referrals, a health summary from your GP should be included.
Waiting Times: All referrals to this service are assessed and prioritised according to your care needs.
Cost: We offer both Government-funded and client-funded services. Fees are kept to the minimum amount and will vary between programs. Information regarding relevant fees will be provided to you individually.