It is important to have a support team of people around you to be able to manage Type 1 Diabetes effectively. It is important to have the correct information to be able to understand the condition.
Credentialled Diabetes Educators (CDE’s) are specialists in diabetes. They are health professionals who have completed further study to focus their efforts on helping people with diabetes self-manage their diabetes effectively and prevent complications.
A diabetes educator can be the first point of call when you are wanting more information, support and/or motivation in the management of your diabetes and the link between other health professionals. They have in-depth knowledge on all aspects of diabetes and can recognise when you need to see other members of your health care team for example, an optometrist or podiatrist.
When should I see a diabetes educator?
Credentialled Diabetes Educators can be there with you the entire way through your journey. When you are first diagnosed, Credentialled Diabetes Educators explain what diabetes is and provide individualised advice on how to get your blood glucose levels within the appropriate target range. They will also help you organise tests and screenings for diabetes complications. This will vary depending on your diabetes, your lifestyle and your age.
Credentialled Diabetes Educators can also help you when your blood glucose levels fluctuate. According to Credentialled Diabetes Educator, Rachel McKeown, this could be changing when you are feeling stressed or anxious.
“Lifestyle changes and events like exams, weddings, divorce, somebody close to you dying, can send up blood glucose levels,” Rachel said.
“The main aim of a Credentialled Diabetes Educator is to empower the person that has diabetes to self-manage their diabetes through knowledge, motivation and support.”
Who should see a diabetes educator?
Everyone should see a diabetes educator even people with pre-diabetes. Credentialled Diabetes Educators can provide you with initial information, what can happen in the future and what to look out for if something goes wrong. The frequency of your visits to a diabetes educator will depend on your diabetes and your blood glucose levels.
For people with type 1 diabetes, Credentialled Diabetes Educators can help you manage your medication, meal plans, eye care and looking after your feet.
How do I find a Credentialled Diabetes Educator?
You can use the Australian Diabetes Educators Association (ADEA) website to find a Credentialled Diabetes Educator by entering your postcode on the home page. Most hospitals and health care centres also have a Credentialled Diabetes Educator.
For telephone support, you can call the Diabetes Australia infoline on 1300 136 588 and ask to speak with a Credentialled Diabetes Educator.
How much does it cost to visit a Diabetes Educator?
If you visit a Credentialled Diabetes Educator in a hospital, your visit is covered by the health system. If you visit a Credentialled Diabetes Educator in private practice, it could be covered by Medicare or subsidised with a private health insurance rebate.