More than 55,000 people in south-western Sydney are living with some form of diabetes. To support this growing number, South Western Sydney Local Health District (SWSLHD) have committed to rolling out new diabetes services for children and adults in Liverpool, Fairfield, Camden, Bowral, Campbelltown, Bankstown, and District Hospitals over the next four years.
Professor David Simmons, the head of Macarthur Diabetes Service, says that the services will include:
- Expanded paediatric services for Campbelltown Hospital, with greater access to doctors, nurses and social workers.
- An Oz-DAFNE (Dose Adjustment for Normal Eating) education program for type 1 adults over 18. “We know that type 1 diabetes requires substantial skills and knowledge to be able to vary insulin injections on a day by day basis, and Oz-DAFNE has been shown to reduce hypoglycaemia (low glucose) and other complications,” says Professor Simmons. “We are delighted that we are now one of the few services in New South Wales to offer this best practice approach.”
- Additional healthcare support for women with gestational diabetes. “Some women require additional support around their blood glucose monitoring and education on healthy eating and physical activity,” says Professor Simmons. “Our aim is to reduce their risk of complications during pregnancy and birth.”
- Pre-pregnancy clinics for women with type 1 and type 2 diabetes.
For more information, visit http://www.swslhd.nsw.gov.au/.