Your healthcare team
Your diabetes health care team is made up of a number of health professionals who you can turn to for advice, support, tests and medical treatment.
While you are in charge of the day-to-day management of your diabetes, you don’t need to do this alone. Your diabetes health care team is there to support and guide you.
What does your 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 your heart, eyes, feet and kidneys
- Explain to you and your family different diabetes management options
- Provide referrals and prescriptions.
It’s important that you keep the members health care team informed of any changes to your diabetes management or general health. This will help them provide you with the best advice, treatment options and support.
Who is in your diabetes health care team?
General Practitioner – Your GP is your primary carer, and works with other members of your healthcare team to support your health and wellbeing.
Endocrinologist / Diabetologist – A specialist in treating diabetes and similar conditions. They will help you develop your diabetes management plan.
Credentialled Diabetes Educator (CDE) – CDE’s are health care professionals who help people with, and at risk of diabetes, their families and carers by providing diabetes specific information and advice to help you stay in the best possible health.
Ophthalmologist / Optometrist – Specialists in eye disease. They can help 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. They will teach you how to care for your feet and about the importance of suitable footwear.
Accredited Practising Dietitian – Dietitians are experts in food and nutrition. They provide personalised, practical advice on healthy eating for diabetes that also considers any other medical conditions.
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 with 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 develop 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