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Managing diabetes

Managing diabetes

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 team.

 

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 specific information.

 

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 problem areas.

 

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/