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Lifestyle changes can improve diabetes control, whether or not oral or injected medication are required. Learning these skills is pivotal for the successful management of diabetes. A Credentialled Diabetes Educator and Accredited Practising Dietitian with solid diabetes experience are essential in this journey.
The Mater Diabetes and Endocrine Centre provides a personalised, one-on-one service for patients with newly diagnosed type 1, type 2 and gestational diabetes. Our CDE has over 20 years, and APD over 10 years of clinical experience each. Face to face consultations are augmented by complementary email consultations, adding convenience and individualisation of care.
In conjunction with our Endocrinologists, the Mater Diabetes and Endocrine Centre provides patients with premium diabetes and endocrine care.
11 Gillies Street, North Sydney
Ph 9923 7244
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A Diabetes Educator is a university qualified health professional who undertakes additional training at a university level. This credentialing process is governed by the Australian Diabetes Educators Association.She guides patients through the technical aspects of diabetes management including how to take fingerprick blood glucose readings, how to do insulin injections (if needed), how to store insulin, and pitfalls to avoid. She may also guide patients through day-to-day lifestyle factors that affect diabetes management including effects of exercise and alcohol on diabetes, and what to do when driving or travelling. If patients are at risk of hypoglycaemia (low blood glucose levels) she will guide them through the steps to take to avoid and treat this condition.
Importantly, the Diabetes Educator works closely with the Dietitian and Endocrinologist to ensure that all factors can be taken into account when personalising a diabetes treatment plan.
A Dietitian undertakes at least four years of university level training and is qualified to provide medical nutrition therapy.
During sessions with the Dietitian the patient learns which foods impact on blood glucose levels and weight. By looking at their blood glucose levels and comparing it to their diet, our Dietitian will be able to identify areas which could be modified to improve the patient’s readings without necessarily changing other treatments.
The Dietitian works closely with the Diabetes Educator and Endocrinologist to optimise the patient’s diabetes treatment plan.