Diabetes education

If you have type 1 or type 2 diabetes, gestational diabetes, pre-diabetes or are newly diagnosed during admission you may benefit from a diabetes education program.

Learning how to manage diabetes can seem overwhelming, however our education and support can help you continue to enjoy your life while ensuring your condition is under control.

Our specialist program can equip you, your family and carers with the knowledge, skills, motivation and confidence to manage your condition and make decisions about your care and treatment.

Diabetes education service

Our diabetes education service provides diabetes information, self-management education and support.

The service is available to individuals and groups and includes:

  • education about medications used in diabetes management as well as the role of insulin in diabetes management and use of insulin devices
  • provision of blood glucose monitors and education in blood glucose monitoring techniques and suggested timing of monitoring
  • education about how to understand blood glucose levels in relation to food, physical activity and medication
  • continuous insulin pump therapy (CSII)
  • continuous glucose monitoring (CGM)
  • services to support women with diabetes in pregnancy
  • strategies to deal with recurrent or severe episodes of hypoglycaemia
  • information about managing sick days
  • information about foot care
  • information about surgery and diabetes
  • lifestyle education.

Diabetes education service referrals

You can access the diabetes education service by self-referral or be referred by your doctor or health professional.

You may be referred to the diabetes education service because you:

  • have recently been diagnosed with diabetes
  • are starting or changing diabetes medicines and insulin therapy
  • have not met your glycaemic targets or desired clinical goals
  • need more self-care knowledge, skills or confidence
  • have had recurrent or severe episodes of hypoglycaemia and/or ketoacidosis
  • have a diagnosis of chronic diabetes complications or other related diseases.

Benefits of diabetes education

The benefits of participating in our diabetes education service include:

  • helping you adapt to life with diabetes
  • helping you set goals
  • gaining the confidence and skills to self-manage your diabetes
  • developing the ability to adjust your care as your condition, life or circumstances change.

These benefits depend on your particular circumstances and require you to fully participate in necessary management. You should consult a specialist in this area before deciding whether treatment is suitable for you.