Health services explore the mental health impacts of living with diabetes
July 17, 2020
VHA members across Victoria have used National Diabetes Week to explore the mental health impacts for people living with diabetes.
Every minute of every day, a person with diabetes faces decisions, thoughts, worries and fears about their diabetes and the future impact the condition may have on their health.
Victoria’s public hospitals and community health services deliver a range of programs for people living with diabetes including education programs, nutrition services and case management.
South West Healthcare senior mental health nurse Jodi Radley and diabetes nurse educator Maree Boyle spoke to The Standard about the impact diabetes has on people’s lives, with 5.3 per cent of people in Warrnambool registered with the National Diabetes Services Scheme.
A Mount Eliza woman, who manages dozens of daily diabetes decisions, talked about how Diabetes Educators at Peninsula Health have made a difference over the past 13 years, not just for her physical but her mental health as well.
East Grampians Health Service Chief executive Andrew Freeman shared the work of two Diabetes Educators, Julie Lang and Bree Fratin at the health service who are available to assist people living with diabetes.