Diabetes Nurse Educator
MENTONE: Tuesdays - 9:00am to 12:00pm
HAMPTON: Tuesdays - 1:00pm to 4:00pm
The aim of diabetes management is to keep blood glucose levels as close to the target range of between 4 and 6 mmol/L (fasting). Optimising control of glucose will help prevent both short-term and long-term complications.
Our Credentialed Diabetes Nurse Educator may assist you in optimising your diabetes management
Your healthcare team including your doctor, specialist, dietician and Credentialed Diabetes Educator, can help you with blood glucose monitoring, healthy eating and physical activity.
Appointments are approximately 30 minutes duration. For your initial appointment you are encouraged to bring your;
Continuous glucose monitoring sensors (CGMS) involves wearing a small glucose sensor inserted in the interstitial fluid just under the skin.
The sensor will provide a reading every 5 minutes and is normally worn for a 6-7 day period depending on the brand of sensor. Once complete, the data is uploaded and plotted onto graphs, enabling identification of glucose patterns.
Your doctor or nurse educator may recommend continuous blood glucose monitor if you are experiencing fluctuations or concerning trends in your blood glucose levels, especially overnight.
CGMS can be offered to people using insulin pumps as well as to those on multiple daily injections, including people with type 1 or type 2 diabetes.
CGMS can be a very valuable problem solving tool for both you and your diabetes health team.
Appointments are approximately 30 minutes duration. A second appointment is useful to help interpret the results and discuss management. You may either make this time with the Diabetes Nurse or with your own treating doctor
Patients with an Enhanced Primary Care Plan and appropriate referral:
Consultation fee : $68.95 The Medicare rebate for eligible patients is $52.95 ( $16.00 out-of-pocket expense)
Veterans Affairs patients will be bulk-billed.
Patients without an Enhanced Primary Care plan and referral:
Consultation fee: $102.00. Some private health funds may reimburse a portion of this fee
The cost of a sensor is $80.00 There is no Medicare rebate for the sensor
Deposit on CGMS Monitor:
A deposit of $100.00 is required for use of the monitor. This deposit is refunded in full on return of the undamaged monitor.