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Managing diabetes

Managing diabetes

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 options
  • 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 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 www.humanservices.gov.au