Diabetes

Latrobe Community Health Service can help you learn about diabetes and how to effectively manage the condition.

Two hands holding a bowl of fruit and vegetables with diabetes-related equipment in the background.

Learn how to live with diabetes

Looking after yourself and your diabetes takes time, effort and a lot of adjusting. But, living with diabetes should not stop you from doing things you want or need to do.
 
You can still live an enjoyable life with diabetes – with the right management. It’s important to check in regularly with your healthcare team.
 
Our diabetes team can help you learn how to manage your diabetes. Learn more about our services below.

Diabetes prevention

People at high risk of diabetes can attend our ‘Life’ program, which is a diabetes prevention program. It runs throughout the year at our Latrobe Valley sites.

The five-session program focuses on improving your lifestyle through setting goals like:

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exercising regularly
Salad bowl
eating well
No smoking
quitting smoking

Our staff can also provide you with accurate health information on how to delay getting Type 2 diabetes.

Diabetes education

Our diabetes educators aim to connect, support, and empower people living with diabetes in the Latrobe Valley community.

Who do diabetes educators work with?

People with:

  • Type 1 diabetes
  • Type 2 diabetes
  • Pre-diabetes
Do diabetes educators work with other specialists?

The diabetes team works with other experts to provide excellent diabetes care. Our specialists include:

  • dietitians
  • podiatrists
  • care coordinators
  • GPs
  • diabetes specialists
What support does a diabetes educator provide?
  • One-on-one education
  • Diabetes clinics with members of the diabetes team. This may include:
    • a dietitian
    • a podiatrist
    • a care coordinator
  • Group education programs
  • Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes support groups
  • Education for community groups within the Latrobe Valley
When should I see a diabetes educator?
  • When you receive a new diabetes diagnosis.
  • If you have diabetes and have not seen a diabetes educator for more than a year.
  • If you need further information about managing diabetes. This may be for you or for a loved one.
  • If you have had any changes in your diabetes management, or unexpected problems.
What type of appointments do diabetes educators offer?
  • In-person
  • Telephone
  • Videoconference
What do I need to bring to my appointment?
  • A list of your diabetes medications, including the dose
  • Your blood glucose meter
  • Your blood glucose level diary
  • Any letters from your doctor
  • Reading glasses
  • Hearing aids
Glucose finger prick test

Diabetes support groups

There are informal support groups for people with both Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes.

We also run education sessions for people with Type 1 diabetes who are on insulin injections. This is a Baker Heart and Diabetes Institute program called Flex IT.

Download the Flex IT flyer

For more information about our support groups or education sessions, please phone our friendly team. Phone 1800 242 696 and ask to speak with a diabetes educator.

Eligibility

Latrobe Community Health Service is committed to ensuring access to services for everyone in the community.

Diabetes prevention program

To attend the diabetes prevention program, you must be at high risk of diabetes and aged 45 years and above, unless you are Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander.

You will need a referral, although self-referrals are also accepted. Call us on 1800 242 696 to find out about the types of tests you will be advised to take before participating in this program.

Diabetes education program

Public diabetes education services are available to people who work, live or study in Latrobe City. We prioritise our services for people on low-medium incomes and holders of concession cards.

Private diabetes education services are available for people with allied health MBS referrals, eligible DVA referrals and those with private health insurance.

Claims under TAC and WorkCover are not eligible.

Diabetes support groups

The support groups are open to people with diabetes who live in Latrobe City Council.

Cost

Call 1800 242 696 to discuss your individual situation. We can discuss costs with you before any treatment begins.

Diabetes prevention program

The diabetes prevention program is free for most people, although it will cost high income earners $50 in total.

Diabetes education program

Public clients

Concession card holders

  • $17.50 per consult

Non-concession card holders

  • $29.50 per consult

Private clients 

  • $65.70 per consult
Diabetes support groups

Attendance at the diabetes support groups is by gold coin donation.

Locations

This service is offered in 4 locations