Diabetes Education

Seymour Health has a qualified Diabetes Educator (Registered Nurse with a post graduate qualification in diabetes education) available to see clients by appointment.

Appointments are available at the Ambulatory Care Cetnre (ACC) every Wednesday from 9am - 5pm and can be made by contacting ACC on 5735 8050.

A referral from your GP or other healthcare professional is preferred to help us better assess your needs and urgency of appointment.

Clients with both Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes can access this service.

Education and support is also offered to clients with gestational diabetes; however ongoing care may need to be transferred to another service to ensure all needs are met for the duration of the pregnancy/

Diabetes education services include:

  • Education and support in diabetes self-management and prevention/reduction of diabetes complications
  • Information on the various diabetes medicaiton options available, how they work and potential side effects
  • Training in the use of glucose monitoring devices and insulin/medication injection devices - note: most glucose monitoring devices and some injection devices are available to clients who access this service at no extra cost

What to bring to your appointment

List of all medications.

Copies of most recent blood tests (your GP or practice nurse can help you with this):
• HbA1c
• Lipids
• General biochemistry
• Microalbuminuria

Your blood glucose monitoring device and diary (if using one)

Your insulin injecting advice and a spare (unused) needle if using one

How much does it cost?

Our fee is charged according to the Department of Human Services Home and Community Care (HACC) guidelines for each person enrolled in the program.  The fee is discussed at your initial assessment appointment.  Additional costs may be incurred for specialised equipment if required.

For further information and to enrol in the program, contact us at the Ambulatory Care Centre. We are open Monday to Friday from 8.30 am to 5.00 pm.

Disposal of sharps

The Hospital does not offer a free sharps container disposal service.  This service is available from Mitchell Shire through the Seymour Library located in Anzac Avenue, Seymour.

Useful Links

  • https://www.diabetesvic.org.au/
    Consumer body representing people with diabetes in Victoria, includes information, local groups and links to health professionals
  • http://www.diabetesaustralia.com.au/
    A good starting point, with links to Diabetes Australia Victoria and access to online ordering of supplies through NDSS
  • https://www.jdrf.org.au/
    This website provides information for young people with Type 1 Diabetes, with the ability to join their mailing list to receive their informative newsletter.

  • http://www.realitycheck.org.au/
    This Website's focus is for Young Adults with Type 1 Diabetes.  (Not a medical information site.)  Reality Check has a great discussion forum where young adults (and older teens) can browse or participate in discussion groups and access current information and opinion on a wide variety of related topics
  • http://www.diabetesaustralia.com.au/ndss/
    The National Diabetes Services Scheme (NDSS) is an initiative of the Australian Government administered by Diabetes Australia.  Through the administration of the NDSS, Diabetes Australia provides practical assistance, information and subsidised products to over 1,000,000 Australians diagnosed with diabetes.

 

Referrals

Referrals to be made to:

Ambulatory Care Centre
Phone: 03 57358050
Fax: 03 57358090