What is my diabetes team?
Your diabetes team is a team of health care professionals and others that are there to support and assist you with all aspects of your care. You are the most important person in your diabetes team, because you make the day-to-day decisions about your diabetes and your health .
Who should I include?
It is up to you who you include in your diabetes team and who you consult for advice and assistance. You may want to include people who are most likely to be with you when you make decisions or need support for example family members, partners, work colleagues and friends. Other members will include health care professionals. Some of these will be permanent members, and others will join when you might have a particular issue or health problem to resolve.
the most important person is you and you need to be involved in all decision making
Some other diabetes team members and their roles?
· General Practitioner (GP) – assists you with all your health care needs, including your diabetes treatment, care and monitoring.
· Credentialed Diabetes Educator (Diabetes educator) – assists you to better understand and cope with diabetes, and to learn the skills and practices you need to manage your diabetes
· Accredited Practicing Dietitian (APD) – are 4-5 year trained health care professionals that provided medically based nutrition therapy for prevention and management of disease states such diabetes and heart disease. APDs provide lifestyle behavioral modification programs and translate scientific information about nutrition into practical advice about what to eat. APD is the only national credential recognised by the Australian Government, Medicare, the Department of Veterans Affairs and most private health funds as the quality standard for nutrition and dietetics services in Australia. It is a recognised trademark protected by law.
· Podiatrist – checks the health of and treats your feet, and provides information about how to care for your feet Australasian Podiatry Council
· Endocrinologist – specialises in care and treatment of diabetes and other disease related to hormones
· Ophthalmologist – specialises in the treatment of eye disease
· Optometrist Checks – checks your eyes and vision
· Pharmacist – dispenses your medicines and can give you advice about them. They have significant expertise in medicines prescribed for conditions such as diabetes. It is not known if they have significant training in dietary supplements and nutrition despite many pharmacies selling significant quantities of products in this area and it is note worthy that generally pharmacy assistants do not have health training. this independent ABC story which i neither endorse or have an opinion on makes for intriguing viewing in this regard
· Accredited Exercise Physiologist – are 4-year university qualified allied health professionals who specialise in the delivery of exercise, lifestyle and behavioral modification programs for the prevention and management of chronic diseases and injuries. EPs provide physical activity and behavior change support for clients with conditions such as cardiovascular disease and diabetes.
· Psychologist or counselor – can help you to manage any stress or anxiety you might feel about living with diabetes. May also be of benefit with lifestyle changes associated with diet and exercise.
There is no such thing as a diabetes nurse, just nurses Diabetes Educators and Credentialed Diabetes Educators. Australian nurses are well trained and have a base knowledge in diabetes which can be built on and as such some practice nurses have very good knowledge. Other may have no more than their base training yet may be referred to as the “diabetes nurse” at the medical practice . Ask to see a CDE its important to learn as much as you can about diabetes the “diabetes nurse might have really good knowledge or just be the nurse that fills in the diabetes paperwork”
Key Diabetes groups and links
Diabetes Australia (Peak body for diabetes in Australia)
State based (Diabetes Peak bodies)
· Diabetes QLD www.diabetesqueensland.org.au
· Diabetes Victoria www.diabetesvic.org.au
· Diabetes Tasmania www.diabetestas.com.au
· Diabetes Western Australia http://www.diabeteswa.com.au
· Diabetes South Australia www.diabetessa.com.au
· Diabetes ACTwww.diabetes-act.com.au
The Royal Australian College of General Practitioners http://www.racgp.org.au