Diabetes Health Team
Your diabetes health care team is the team you can turn to when
needing advice, tests or medical treatment.
The most important part of the diabetes health care team
is you. You are the leader and are largely responsible
for keeping your diabetes health care team on track. You will be
responsible for your day-to-day monitoring and treatment. You are
also in charge of your exercise and healthy eating program. However
you don't need to do this alone. Your diabetes health
care team is there to support and guide you.
But what exactly does the diabetes
health care team do?
- Provide you with ongoing support
- Offer expert advice and information
- Monitor the different parts of your body that can be affected
by diabetes, such as heart, eyes, feet and kidneys
- Explain to you and your family different diabetes management
- Provide referrals and prescriptions.
As the leader of your diabetes team it is important that
you keep the other members informed of any changes to your
management or health. This will help your team to provide you with
the best advice, treatment options and support
A number of health professionals make up the diabetes health
General Practitioner - Your GP
remains your primary carer, and works with other members of the
The diabetes annual cycle of care is a checklist for
reviewing your diabetes management and general health. Your GP will
do this review to help you and your diabetes health care team
manage your diabetes, and to reduce your risk of diabetes-related
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.
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