Diabetes Education

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Diabetes Education

Our Diabetes Education program supports people with diabetes, their family, friends or caregivers to learn about diabetes and its management. 

A credential diabetes nurse educator will:

  • Explain what diabetes is and how it affects the body
  • Discuss how to monitor your blood
  • Provide medication advice
  • Explain how to stay well to prevent / minimise long term complications
  • What to do is blood glucose levels become too high or too low
  • The benefits of health eating and exercise

Bellarine Community Health provides holistic education for people living with our qualified clinicians including nurses, dietitians, podiatrists, and physiotherapists.

Continuous Glucose Monitoring

Our diabetes Educator is able to provide Continuous Glucose Monitoring (CGM)

CGM provides reduces the need for finger prick tests. This small wearable device monitors your glucose levels day and night. It will provide a detailed report, tracking when levels are too high or too low. It assists the diabetes educator to understand how best to assist you and provide high quality information to your doctor.

You can access this service through a Medicare Chronic Disease plan from you GP or as a community health client with an out of pocket expense for the sensor.

Telehealth Service
In partnership with Geelong Endocrinology and Diabetes, Bellarine Community Health is establishing specialist clinical consultations through video conferencing. The aim is to give people access to an Endocrinologist without the need to travel.

The video consultations with Geelong Endocrinology and Diabetes will be conducted from Bellarine Community Health’s Portarlington site with the support of the Diabetes Nurse Educator.

To access the service clients will need a referral from their GP to Geelong Endocrinology and Diabetes.

The referral needs to be forwarded to Bellarine Community Health’s intake team. The Endocrinologists consultation will be bulk billed via Medicare. A small Community Health client contribution is required for the Diabetes Nurse Educator.

To find out more about eligibility and how to access this service, contact BCH on 5258 0812 or email intake@bch.org.au

Empower Workshops for type 2 diabetes
Bellarine Community Health has established a series of workshops targeted at people living with Type 2 diabetes.
The workshops called ‘EMPOWER’ are a combination of education and exercise sessions to help people to self-manage their diabetes effectively.

The sessions will cover areas such as food choices, wellbeing, oral health, motivation and peer support as well education about diabetes.

The workshops run on Monday afternoons at the Portarlington site. To find out more information on eligibility and accessing this service contact the BCH intake team on 5258 0812 or email intake at intake@bch.org.au