A Diabetes Educator is a specialist in not only diabetes, but also people. They are health professionals who have completed further study to focus their efforts on helping you manage your diabetes effectively and prevent complications. Diabetes Educators work closely with your doctor, combining knowledge and know-how to support and motivate you in making informed decisions about your health. They are often the first point of call at diagnosis and essential in ongoing reviews.
At the Diabetic GP Clinic, our diabetes educators are credentialed - meaning they've undergone extra training and assessment in order to better help our patients. Focusing on your individual needs, they help with information and tips on lifestyle, healthy diet, regular exercise and medication management. They're schooled up on the latest in technologies - like bluetooth blood glucose meters and insulin pumps - to help make self-management easier.
Our Credentialed Diabetes Educator Candice Cummins also provides a handy link to other health professionals. With an in-depth knowledge on all aspects of diabetes she can recognise when you need to see other members of your health care team for example, a podiatrist, dietitian or an optometrist. She strives for all patients to be connected and engaged, armed with the latest information. She is here just for you.
Medicare assists with a rebate for seeing a diabetes educator under certain care plans. See your doctor for more information. Private healthcare insurance may also cover some costs, so check with your individual health fund too.
Psychology is the study of behaviour and the mind, embracing all aspects of conscious and unconscious experience as well as thought.
Everyone deals with the diagnosis of Diabetes differently. Some quite easily take on board all the information and make the necessary lifestyle changes. However for others it’s not so simple; for some a diagnosis is frustrating and overwhelming. People do not want to be seen as being different. People may struggle with dietary changes and what is perceived as healthy is different to what they have always thought.
Being diagnosed with diabetes can be a major life stress. A psychologist can help you deal with some of the mental challenges it poses such as grief, denial, anxiety, depression, shame and guilt. They form an integral part of your health care and increase your support system.
A psychologist can help you manage these challenges by focusing on what diabetes means to you and helping you to take responsibility for your health and embrace your diabetes treatments as central to that health.
Visits to a psychologist can be eligible for a rebate as part of your diabetic care plan initiated by your GP. Private health insurance may also cover some of the cost of these visits - so check with your health fund if you have one or come in and see us today.