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Community Health Diabetes Education

What is Diabetes Education?

Diabetes Educators are specialists in diabetes education and help people to manage their diabetes. They are available at all community health sites and provide individual support and group programs for people with newly diagnosed with Diabetes and those who wish to access further information and support.

Diabetes Educators provide support, education, guidance and skills training to help you:

  •  Understand diabetes and make informed lifestyle and treatment choices.
  •  Understand the role and importance of physical activity in daily life.
  •  Use medicines effectively and safely.
  •  Monitor and interpret blood glucose patterns.
  •  With the introduction and adjustment of new medications especially Insulin therapy.
  •  Trouble shoot ‘high’ and ‘low’ blood glucose levels.

Who can use the service?

  •      you have just been diagnosed with type 2 diabetes
  •  you would like an update or refresher about type 2 diabetes
  •  you would like an update or support with your type 1 diabetes
  •  you are introducing or changing your diabetes medication and insulin therapy
  •  your blood glucose targets or goals are not being met
  •  you have frequent episodes of ‘low’ or ‘high’ blood glucose levels.
  •  you would like to know how to manage your sick days
  •  you have complications with your diabetes
  •  you need to learn how to manage your diabetes with your other medical conditions
  •  you would like to increase your knowledge, skills and confidence in managing your diabetes
  •  you have not received diabetes education in the past

How will the groups help you?

They will provide you with:

  •  Up to date information to manage your diabetes
  •  The chance to meet people in a similar situation
  •  Information about healthy food choices
  •  Answers to your questions
  •  Accurate information about diabetes and will dispel the common myths
  •  Ideas that you can use to manage your diabetes and feel your best.
  •  Your own personalised care plan

How do I make an appointment?

Individual appointments can be arranged at any of our Community Health sites (listed below). Dietician appointments are also available to discuss your food in relation to your diabetes management.

Diabetes Self- care Program for Type 2 Diabetes

Diabetes Education and Self-Management for ongoing and newly diagnosed. Put diabetes into perspective and you in the driver’s seat. During a supportive group program environment you will gain; practical skills and learn about food choices, physical activity medicine and more. Partners are welcome at no cost.

Cost: $6.00 per session

OZDAFNE

Dose adjustment for normal eating. This type 1 diabetes group runs for 5 days at the Mornington Community Health site twice a year. DAFNE is a group program designed for adults with type 1 diabetes. It is a structured program which covers carbohydrate counting, insulin adjustment, blood glucose monitoring, illness and exercise.

Cost: $150.00 for entire week, $75.00 concession

Where is the service available?

The service is available at the following Peninsula Health sites:

Frankston Community Health
Frankston Integrated Health Centre
2 Hastings Road
FRANKSTON 3199
Ph: 9784 8100


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Hastings Community Health
185 High Street
HASTINGS 3915
Ph: 5971 9100


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Mornington Community Health
62 Tanti Avenue
MORNINGTON 3931
Ph: 5970 2000


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Rosebud Community Health
1527 Point Nepean Road 
ROSEBUD WEST 3940
Ph: 5986 9250

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How to access this service?

Telephone 1300 665 781 between 8:30am-5:00pm (Monday-Friday) and ask to speak with an Access Worker. For more information, view the Community Health Diabetes Education Services guide.