It’s a lot easier to manage a chronic condition like diabetes when you’ve got a team of experts around you! Your diabetes care team are there to answer your questions, provide support, and help you develop a tailored plan to manage your blood glucose levels and feel in control of your diabetes. Your care team may include:
Coordinates management of your diabetes. They can also sign you up to the National Diabetes Service Scheme (NDSS). Depending on the type of diabetes you have, this may entitle you to subsidized testing strips and pump consumables, plus free insulin needles. Your GP can also enroll you in a Chronic Disease Management Plan, so you get five Medicare-subsidised consultations each year with allied healthcare professionals, such as a dietitian, diabetes educator or podiatrist.
Provides you with specialist advice to help you manage your blood glucose levels. Everyone with type 1 should see an endocrinologist, but if you have type 2, your GP may only refer you to an endocrinologist when you need multiple medications or insulin.
Teaches you about eating well with diabetes and balancing your food and medication/insulin, as well as helping you plan healthy meals to manage your blood glucose levels and weight.
Your Diabetes Educator
Helps you make lifestyle changes to better manage your diabetes and teaches you about medications and insulin, blood glucose monitoring and other aspects of diabetes self-management such as dealing with sick days and travel.
Your Exercise Physiologist
Helps you develop an exercise plan that works with your fitness and mobility levels, and takes into account any medication that you may be taking, and any diabetes-related complications you might have.
Provides information about possible interactions between the medications you are taking. They also provide you with NDSS-subsidised supplies, including blood test strips, insulin syringes and pen needles, and insulin pump consumables.
Assesses your feet and provides treatment for any diabetes-related problems.
Your Optometrist or Ophthalmologist
Checks your eyes for diabetes-related damage, and provides on-going treatment, if it’s needed.
Helps you maintain healthy teeth and gums, and treats diabetes-related gum problems, which, if left unchecked, can lead to infection and tooth loss.
Helps you to cope with your diagnosis of diabetes, diabetes-related distress or burnout, and anxiety or depression that may be related to your diabetes.