Diabetes education

In Central Australia there are two diabetes nurse educators that educate people with diabetes in 23 Central Australian communities and the Alice Springs Correctional Centre.

If you have diabetes, the nurse educators can provide you with knowledge, skills and motivation to self-manage your condition.

They will provide support so you can:

  • understand diabetes and make informed lifestyle and treatment choices
  • choose the right foods
  • include physical activity in your daily life
  • use your prescribed medication effectively
  • monitor your blood glucose level and understand and use the results to improve your diabetes control
  • prevent and treat high and low blood glucose levels
  • reduce the risk of diabetes complications
  • incorporate diabetes management into daily living, while coping with family and community demands.

Diabetes educators work with you and your family to help you understand the risks and benefits of lifestyle choices and treatment options. 

How to refer

You can get a referral from a health care professional or you can self-refer to the diabetes education program.

You need to meet one of the following criteria to join the program:

  • impaired glucose tolerance
  • type 1 diabetes
  • type 2 diabetes
  • gestational diabetes.

Your remote health practitioner can refer you to a diabetes educator in the following cases:

  • diagnosis of diabetes
  • starting medication for diabetes
  • starting insulin therapy
  • not achieving goals set by your doctor
  • having hypoglycaemic events
  • pregnancy or wanting to become pregnant.

Specialist referrals

Diabetes educators can refer people with diabetes to any of the following specialists if needed:

  • dietician
  • optometrist
  • podiatrist
  • mental health professionals
  • medical officers
  • endocrinologist via general practitioners (GPs).

Group education sessions

Diabetes educators run group education sessions to raise community awareness of diabetes and related health complications, as well as the risks of developing these. 

These education sessions focus on living with diabetes, as well as quitting smoking, healthy eating and physical activity. 

Further reading

Go to the Healthy Living NT website for more information on the different types of diabetes, who is at risk, managing and preventing diabetes.

Or go to the Australian Indigenous Health Info Net Chronic Disease Workforce Portal.

For information to help you make better food choices read Good food for people with diabetes

Last updated: 28 November 2017