Diabetes Health Team
Your diabetes health team is the team you can turn to when
needing advice, tests or medical treatment. A number of
health professionals make up the diabetes health care team.
General Practitioner - Your GP
remains your primary carer, and works with other members of the
Endocrinologist / Diabetologist
- A specialist in treating diabetes and similar conditions. They
will help you develop your best diabetes management plan.
Diabetes Educator - Diabetes
educators are health care professionals who assist people with, and
at risk of diabetes, their families and carers with diabetes
Ophthalmologist / Optometrist -
Specialists in eye disease. They will detect the impact of diabetes
on your eyes before it affects your vision.
Podiatrist - A health
professional that assesses and provides treatment for foot
problems. He/she will teach you how to care for your feet and about
the importance of suitable footwear.
Dietitian - Dietitians are
experts in understanding diet, and provide nutrition advice to help
with eating plans that maximise control of diabetes.
Counsellor / Psychologist - A
professional trained to help others understand their emotions and
potential in life. Being able to talk to someone about living with
diabetes can help you build a healthy, balanced life and identify
Dentist - Dental and periodontal
problems are common in people with diabetes. Make sure your dentist
knows you have diabetes, and have regular check ups.
Exercise professional - Exercise
professionals help you increase your physical activity levels. If
you haven't been physically active for a while, your doctor may
refer you to an exercise professional who can tailor an individual
fitness program for you.
Aboriginal health worker - An
aboriginal health worker can join your team to provide you with
culturally appropriate information.
For information on medicare entitlements, including assessments,
dental procedure claims and group service sessions, visit http://www.medicareaustralia.gov.au/