The Diabetes Education Outreach Service is an Australian owned business run by Pat A’Bell a Registered Nurse and Credentialled Diabetes Educator (RN CDE) who has been working in diabetes education for over 20 years. She is a certified insulin pump trainer for Medtronic, Animas and Roche pumps.
She also offers her expertise to many local GP’s who have welcomed her into their practice to see clients on a regular basis.
She has a son who was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at age 11; Administration Assistant Tanya A’Bell has a daughter who was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at age 2 ½. They both know the value of educating from a personal point of view.
It makes a difference when you relate to a person’s circumstance and walk beside them. We are committed to helping everyday Australians cope with the demands of living with diabetes; however, diabetes management is all about self-management. As an educator we need to help people understand diabetes so that they can make informed lifestyle and treatment choices.
With good care, people with diabetes can live a normal, active lifestyle, and reduce the risks of developing complications.
The person with diabetes needs to:
- Understand their diabetes so they can make informed lifestyle and treatment choices
- Learn to solve day to day problems that affect diabetes
- Juggle diabetes with the demands of work/school, family and social life
Diabetes can be managed better by:
- Making healthy food choices
- Incorporating physical activity into daily life
- Taking medications/insulin as prescribed
- Monitoring your blood glucose levels and using the results to improve diabetes control
- Taking special precautions for foot care and oral hygiene
Some situations require extra care:
- Prevent and treat high and low blood glucose levels
- Manage your diabetes during illness and when travelling
- Playing sport or exercising vigorously
The service includes education for:
- Type 1 Diabetes
- Type 2 Diabetes
- Gestational Diabetes
- Insulin initiation
- Insulin Pump Therapy
People can be referred by their GP or simply contact the office.
Medicare rebate may be available, ask your GP about an Enhanced Primary Care Plan (EPC) referral.
Private health fund rebate may be available (please check your level of cover).
Financial hardship should not be seen as a barrier. Please feel free to discuss your individual situation.