Diabetes Education

About the Boab Health Services Diabetes Education Service

Boab Health Services employs two diabetes educators in the Kimberley region. Credentialled diabetes educators are recommended as the appropriately qualified providers of diabetes self management education. They are health professionals who already hold a health professional qualification in nursing, medicine, dietetics or pharmacy and who have also completed post graduate training in diabetes education and care.

Diabetes self management education is about providing people with diabetes with the knowledge, skills and motivation to effectively manage their condition. It is about helping people with diabetes to:

  • Understand diabetes and make informed lifestyle and treatment choices
  • Make appropriate food choices
  • Incorporate physical activity into daily life
  • Use their medications effectively
  • Monitor their blood glucose and understand and use the results to improve diabetes control
  • Prevent and treat high and low blood glucose levels and manage diabetes when sick
  • Reduce the risks of complications associated with diabetes
  • Manage diabetes along with the demands of work, family and social life
Credentialled diabetes educators work with their clients to help them understand the risks and benefits of lifestyle choices and treatment options. They work with their clients and other members of your diabetes team to achieve mutually agreed clinical targets, good health and wellbeing.

 

 

Referral Criteria

Please refer to our Allied Health Prioritisation Table

How do I refer to the Diabetes Education Service?

To facilitate efficient allied health consultation comprehensive clinical information is required. The preferred referral format is the Boab Health Services Allied Health Referral Form 2018

Although referrals will be accepted via alternative formats (e.g. MMEx referral forms, MR52, GP Management Plans), Boab Health referral forms are a guide to the clinical information required. All referrals are triaged so it is important to include all the relevant information within your referral

Referrals will be accepted via:

  • MMEx “Boab Health Allied” account (not to individual clinicians)
  • Email: reception@boabhealth.com.au
  • Fax: 9192 7999 (all referrals to Broome office)
  • Post (all referrals should be directed to the Broome office: PO Box 1548, Broome WA 6725)

If you require the travelling schedule for Allied health teams to remote communities you can request to be added to the distribution list by emailing: robyn.powell@boabhealth.com.au

Group Education sessions might be good for you? 

Group education is sometimes the preferred way to gain knowledge and skills to improve your ability to manage diabetes. Attending sessions in a friendly and comfortable setting with others who are in a similar situation as you can sometimes help.

DESMOND is an award winning evidence based health program for people living with type 2 diabetes. During a single day DESMOND session you will gain practical skills and learn about food choices, physical activity, medicines and more! For more information please see our DESMOND Flyer  and click here for the DESMOND Referral Form.The next course will be run as soon as we have enough interest!

Clients can self-register or can be referred by GP or Practice Nurse.

You can register your interest to attend the next course  by emailing:

reception@boabhealth.com.au or calling 9192 7888

(Programs are run depending on numbers and availability of facilitators)

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