Knowing which healthcare professionals can help you to best manage your diabetes, and feeling empowered to take responsibility for your health is essential for people living with diabetes.
It is really important for someone living with diabetes to receive relevant checks each year to help avoid serious complications and to ensure long-term good health.
Your Diabetes Health Team has been developed as a guide to assist people living with type 1 and type 2 diabetes to easily identify any gaps there might be in the care they currently receive.
In addition, Diabetes NSW has created an information recording sheet – Annual Cycle of Care – to help you keep on top of your test results and assist you with future monitoring and management.
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Meet the Team!
The following video clips introduce you to your diabetes healthcare team. Here your diabetes healthcare team briefly explains what they do and how they can assist someone living with diabetes.
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An Endocrinologist assists in the prevention of serious diabetes complications such as Peripheral Vascular Disease, Diabetic Retinopathy and Diabetic Nephropathy.
Dr Janine Clarke
A Psychologist looks at the emotional and behavioural factors associated with diabetes and can help put together a customised self-care plan that will assist people living with diabetes to get the most out of life.
An Audiologist or Audiometrist cares for ears and hearing which is critical in diabetes management because people living with diabetes are twice as likely to develop hearing loss through associated complications.
Dr Rebecca McGowan
A General Practitioner diagnoses the condition and assists the person living with diabetes to navigate their journey by referring then to appropriate health professionals that will make up their individual diabetes healthcare team.
An Exercise Physiologist specialises in creating exercise regimes for people with chronic conditions, such as diabetes, and can prescribe a program that is almost as important in diabetes management as taking medication and checking your blood glucose levels.
A Dentist cares for the oral health of people living with diabetes as they are at higher risk of developing complications such as tooth decay, periodontal (gum) disease and Candida albicans (oral thrush).
A Dietitian examines the diet, makes recommendations and can prescribe a tailored eating plan based on the individual’s food preferences, which can help improve diabetes management and the overall health of people living with diabetes.
A Diabetes Educator supports and guides people through their journey with diabetes by assisting with lifestyle adjustments, informing them about diabetes and teaching the skills needed to successfully self-manage diabetes.
An Optometrist helps people living with diabetes to avoid complications associated with vision loss, such as Diabetic Retinopathy, by examining the back of the eyes.
A Pharmacist assists people living with diabetes with their medical needs and to access services such as the National Diabetes Services Scheme which supplies test strips and needles.
A Podiatrist treats any injury in the lower limb (from the knee to the foot) which can includes any issues with the muscles, bones or skin.