TYPE 1 DIABETES
Whether you are newly-diagnosed or have had diabetes for a while, I can support you with both nutrition and diabetes education, from carb counting and general nutrition to monitoring, balancing food and insulin doses, sick day management, pumps and continuous glucose monitoring.
I will work closely with you and your endocrinologist and/or GP to help you in managing your diabetes.
Along with my professional experience, I have lived with type 1 diabetes since the age of 10, providing me with a real understanding of the issues faced in the day-to-day management of diabetes.
If you have type 1 diabetes, I can help you with the following:
YOUR TYPE 1 DIABETES CONSULTATIONS: WHAT TO EXPECT
Your first consultation will take 60 minutes and is devoted to collecting a history from you and discussing your goals and expectations of working together.
As a dietitian and diabetes educator, my role is to assess your nutrition and diabetes education needs, to determine the changes that may help you in achieving your goals and to plan how I can best help you in achieving these goals. I will also provide education regarding the areas of diabetes management most relevant to your needs.
To do this, we will discuss your current lifestyle, weight history, medical and family history, usual eating patterns and activity levels, and your current knowledge about diabetes and its management. I will ask about how you are currently managing your diabetes and about any previous diabetes education you have had.
In most cases, our first follow-up appointment will be booked after 2-4 weeks. In this consultation, we will review your progress, answer questions you may have and I will provide further education tailored to your needs. Follow-up appointments are usually 30 minutes long, but sometimes I may recommend a longer (45-60 minute) appointment, depending on your needs.
The number and frequency of further follow-up appointments will depend entirely on the reason you are seeing me and your individual needs and goals. You may wish to have frequent consultations until you accomplish your goals or feel confident managing your diabetes on your own, or you may only need two or three sessions to get the information you need. While I will provide recommendations, the choice of consultation frequency is always yours.
All consultations are provided by telehealth (videoconference or phone) – more details can be found below.
WHAT IS TELEHEALTH?
Telehealth consultations are conducted by videoconference or telephone, depending on your preference.
Video consultations are similar to a face-to-face consultation but conducted by videoconference – we can see each other and I can share my screen with you when providing education. We use a secure telehealth platform, designed specifically for healthcare consultations.
Phone consultations are conducted by telephone, so we won’t be able to see each other but otherwise the content of our consultations are the same as if I was to see you in person or by videoconference.
CONSULTATION FEES AND REBATES
Fees are $220 for the initial consultation and $110-$200 for follow-up consultations, depending on the consultation length. Fees are payable on the day of consultation by credit card or EFT.
Rebates are available from most private health funds as part of ‘extras’ cover. Rebates vary according to the fund, your level of cover, and whether it is an initial or follow-up appointment. We will provide you with a receipt to submit to your fund for a rebate.
Medicare provides rebates for dietitians and diabetes educators for certain conditions and circumstances. To find out if you are eligible, speak with your GP, who will need to provide you with the relevant referral form. We don’t bulk bill so you will need to pay your account on the day and we can submit your receipt to Medicare to process your rebate. The current Medicare rebate is $56.00 for both initial and review consultations.