Diabetes Care Centre
Benalla Health is an approved Diabetes Care Centre by the National Association of Diabetes Centres (NADC).
This approval by NADC recognises the high quality work and standard of care that Benalla Community Health provide to people with diabetes within Benalla and its surrounding areas.
The National Association of Diabetes Centres is a national group of Australian Diabetes Centres that provide the highest standard of care to people with diabetes through their Member Centres.
The Benalla Health Diabetes Care Centre is the link between your doctor or specialist and the hospital. We work closely with your doctor, endocrinologist/physician and diabetes care team, to give you the best possible chance of maintaining great health and avoid complications developing. We see people with type 1 and type 2 diabetes, gestational diabetes and pre diabetes.
We can help you with:
- Managing diabetes and providing support
- Diabetes general information
- Starting insulin or non-insulin injectables
- Joining a diabetes support group
- A blister/cut or wound on your foot that has not healed within two weeks
- Physical activity and healthy eating to improve your diabetes
- Dietary information and support
- Medication information and how to take them correctly
- Feeling sad or stressed by diabetes
It doesn’t matter if you are newly diagnosed or have had diabetes for a long time we are here to help support you and your family and carer throughout the diabetes journey.
For an appointment, phone (03) 5761 4500 option 3.
What is a “Credentialled Diabetes Educator”?
A Credentialled Diabetes Educator (CDE) is an experienced health professional, such as a registered nurse or an accredited practicing dietitian, who has completed a university course in diabetes education and management.
The CDE works with people living with diabetes (and their family and carers) or those who are at risk of developing diabetes with the latest skills, knowledge and support to help them manage their condition. Diabetes education is a crucial part of any Diabetes Management Plan.
What is an “Accredited Practicing Dietitan”?
An accredited practising dietitian (APD) is a university-qualified health professional with skills to translate the latest scientific information into practical advice on how diet can effect health.
Dietitians work with you to find a balance in how you like to eat and what health concerns/conditions you may have. Worried we’ll give you a meal plan? We don’t really like those either, there’s so many other ways we can work with you on how you eat.
What is the “High Risk Foot Clinic”?
Benalla Health started the High Risk Foot Clinic (HRFC) back in 2010 with the aim to take a collaborative approach to a client's care to improve their chronic disease self-management and wound healing outcomes. The clinic is run by podiatry and a registered nurse.
Seeing the Team
People can see the CDE in one on one sessions. Appointments are also available to see the CDE and dietitian or HRFC together.
What is diabetes management?
- Learning about the different types of diabetes.
- How to manage type 1, type 2 and gestational diabetes.
- The importance of eating a healthy diet.
- The benefits of being active.
- Understanding blood glucose monitoring.
- What to do about high and low blood glucose levels.
- How diabetes medications work.
- How to manage diabetes when unwell.
- Staying well and reducing the risks of long term diabetes complications.
Benalla Health is committed to providing excellent care for people with diabetes or those at risk of developing diabetes in Benalla and surrounding communities.