Support for People with Diabetes

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General
Tuesday, 12 April 2016
Portland District Health and Allied Health Portland are playing a major role in tackling the high rate of diabetes in the Glenelg Shire with expanding services and support for people with the condition.

Active Health is now offering a comprehensive group program for people with type 2 diabetes. In partnership with PDH, the program incorporates the expertise of various allied health professionals. Multidisciplinary and integrated care teams are best practice in the management of type 2 diabetes.

The program includes appropriately prescribed exercise and education sessions and aims to provide the tools necessary for patients to better manage diabetes independently.

The eight-week program includes education on medication, insulin, lifestyle modification, healthy eating and recipe modification, safe and effective exercise, foot health and diabetes complication management and prevention.

The program will also show how exercise helps improve blood glucose levels, body composition, muscular strength and endurance, heart and lung fitness, physical functioning and quality of life while also reducing prevalence of co-morbidities including osteoarthritis, heart attack and stroke and depression and anxiety.

Another new initiative is a Diabetes in Schools and Pre-School training seminar designed to help teachers, teacher aides and kindergarten staff to better support children with diabetes.

PDH Credentialled Diabetes Educator Vicki Barbary said the training aimed to ensure all children with diabetes had the same opportunities in life as children without diabetes.

PDH is committed to presenting the training annually and as part of the western region diabetes educators network hopes to adopt a collaborative regional approach to delivering the service.

We believe it will help if we can deliver full-day training to a larger group of teachers and support staff so they can benefit not only from the training program but from the peer support, Ms Barbary said.

PDH is also facilitating a new Type 1 Diabetes Networkers group.

There have been two initial meetings to get this support group up and running and the next meeting will be held on Monday May 16 at 7pm at PDH.

Ms Barbary said a support network was beneficial to bring people together to share common experiences, concerns and tips when living with diabetes as well as providing an opportunity to improve their quality of life through mutual support and education.

People can contact the PDH diabetes team on diabetes.pdh@swarh.vic.gov.au or PH 5521 0653.


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