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There is strong evidence from randomised controlled trials that type 2 diabetes is preventable or can be delayed with lifestyle modification interventions that improve diet, increase physical activity and reduce body weight / waist circumference in people with a diagnosed risk of developing type 2 diabetes.
For people at risk of diabetes and other chronic diseases, the first, and most common point of access to the health system is through primary care. To this end, we offer and recommend a range of programs and support services to ensure your patients at risk of diabetes are receiving the best possible care.
ComDiab is a FREE community group education program for people who have, or are at risk of type 2 diabetes. Participants will learn about type 2 diabetes and what they can do to improve their health and live well. The program is provided to complement and support the treatment and care provided by general practitioners, nurses, diabetes educators, and allied health professionals.
ComDiab is expertly designed and delivered by trained registered nurses who are accredited with Diabetes NSW and ACT. The program involves interactive group sessions to help participants to:
Programs are offered regularly across CESPHN. For more information on upcoming programs please see below.
Community Diabetes Education Programs in the South Eastern Sydney region
Programs are held at:
Sutherland Hospital and Community Health Service (HealthOne, 126 Kareena Rd, Miranda NSW 2228).
Research & Education Centre, St George Hospital (4-10 South Street Kogarah, NSW 2217).
For bookings and enquiries, call 1300 427 603 (for South Eastern Sydney region).
Culturally and linguistically diverse sessions
The Community Diabetes Education Program aims to support people living with or at risk of type 2 diabetes who speak Cantonese, Mandarin, Greek, Vietnamese, Bengali, Nepali and Arabic languages. Those attending a workshop will learn about:
Workshops are free and delivered by Diabetes NSW & ACT health professionals. These sessions are delivered either directly in language by bilingual facilitators or with the assistance of an interpreter.
Bookings are essential. For more information on upcoming programs or to register click here, or call Diabetes NSW & ACT on 1300 342 238.
Diabetes mellitus (DM) is a risk factor for lower limb amputations and it is estimated that 85% of such procedures are preventable in Australia. To decrease the prevalence of diabetes-related amputations, the NSW Diabetes Prevention Framework states that people with DM require an integrated care approach for effective diabetes management. In line with the Framework, Diabetes Healthy Feet aims to increase coordination between primary and tertiary care providers to facilitate timely and appropriate foot care for diabetes patients in the CESPHN region.
For more information on the program, please click here
We can assist your practice in setting up programs and resources to help prevent people from developing type 2 diabetes.
Click here to visit the practice support section.
The AUSDRISK tool is a short list of questions to help both health professionals and consumers assess the risk of developing type 2 diabetes over the next five years. Adults with a total score of 12 or more are defined as being at high risk of developing type 2 diabetes.
For further information on the tool, and to order copies, click here.
We have translated this tool into a range of languages, including
We have also developed templates for Best Practice and Medical Director. Please see the practice support section above for assistance with loading templates into your clinical software.
Patients aged 40 – 49 years, or 15 – 54 years for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, who score 12 or more on the AUSDRISK tool are eligible for a health assessment for type 2 diabetes risk evaluation. This assessment is completed using MBS Items 701, 703, 705 or 707 (or 715 for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people). Click here for more information, or here for more information on 715 health assessments.