Frequently Asked Question

What is Type 1 Diabetes?

Type 1 diabetes is a life-long autoimmune condition that is usually diagnosed in childhood or early adulthood but can occur at any age. In type 1 diabetes, the body's own immune system attacks and destroys the beta cells in the pancreas that are responsible for producing insulin.  As the body needs insulin to survive, people with type 1 diabetes must replace this insulin every day.  At present, insulin can only be given by injections or through a pump.  Type 1 diabetes affects approximately 10 -15 percent of people with diabetes.

What is Type 2 Diabetes?

Type 2 diabetes represents 85 to 90 per cent of all people with diabetes. The condition can occur at any age, but is most common among those who are overweight and aged 40 years or older.  Type 2 diabetes can be largely managed through through maintaining a healthy weight, eating a healthy,balanced, nutritious diet and participating in regular physical activity.  However, some people with type 2 diabetes will go on to requiring insulin injections.

What is Gestational Diabetes?

Gestational diabetes is a form of diabetes that occurs during pregnancy and usually goes away after the baby is born. Between 5% to 8% of pregnant women will develop gestational diabetes and this usually occurs around the 24th to 28th week of pregnancy. Gestational Diabetes is managed through healthy eating , physical activity and monitoring blood glucose levels. Sometimes, medication or insulin may be required  to keep the blood glucose levels in the target range

What is Diabetes Self-Management Education (DSME)?

DSME is about providing people with diabetes with the knowledge, skills and motivation to effectively manage their diabetes.

DSME is provided by Credentialled Diabetes Educators.

Credentialled Diabetes Educators are recommended by the Australian Diabetes Educators Association as the appropriately qualified providers of diabetes self-management education.

Credentialled Diabetes Educators hold a professional qualification in nursing, dietetics, medicine, podiatry or pharmacy and have completed post graduate training in diabetes education and management.

Credentialled Diabetes Educators are also required to participate in continuing education in diabetes care.

How do I book an appointment with a diabetes educator?

For appointments, call (07) 54794363.  Referrals may be faxed to: (07) 3112 4277 or sent by GP's via Medical Objects. Sunshine coast dietetics provide admin services for diabetes complete care.The admin officer will answer the phone as Sunshine Coast Dietetics when you phone to book your appointment.

What kind of referral do I need from my GP?

Diabetes is a chronic disease and you are entitled to access a GP management plan through your GP.  Your GP can refer you via a Team Care arrangement referral that allows you to have up to 5 visits per calendar year with allied health professionals who are able to support you with your diabetes management. These visits attract a Medicare rebate.