In order to minimise risk of COVID-19 exposure, Diabetes WA has suspended programs in Western Australia that involve face to face contact in the community, including DESMOND and Smarts workshops, kids camp, Let’s Prevent group programs and health professional training. We will review this decision and recommence face to face programs when it is safe for the community and our staff.
Considering the growing impact of novel coronavirus (COVID-19) on primary and tertiary healthcare, Diabetes WA have adjusted our services to provide extra clinical support to the metropolitan area in addition to our existing service to country WA.
Our helpline provides consumers, carers, support workers and health professionals with access to the latest diabetes management advice, including concerns about coronavirus from a Credentialled Diabetes Educator:
1300 001 880, 8:30am – 4:30pm Monday to Friday.
If consumers contacting the Helpline require more intensive support, they will be triaged to the Diabetes Telehealth Service.
Diabetes Telehealth free clinical diabetes education and support for patients via videoconferencing (at your practice or from the patients’ home). Diabetes WA will liaise back with the GP practice following the intervention. Priority will be given to patients with the following situations, but all diabetes referrals are welcome:
a. Sick day advice and resources (we anticipate that not all people with diabetes will have a current sick day plan or feel confident to independently manage their condition during times of illness or distress).
Managing sick days for type 1 diabetes
Managing sick days for type 2 diabetes
b. Back up planning if diabetes product supply is interrupted (e.g. insulin pump consumables)
c. Diabetes management for frail or vulnerable members of the community who have been advised to self-isolate
d. Helping a patient with type 2 diabetes to commence insulin use or other injectable therapy
f. Gestational diabetes management
Please note this is not an emergency or a 24 hour service.
If a patient is very unwell they should follow current Health Department advice regarding calling 000, or attending an emergency department.
For any other enquiries please call us on 1300 001 880.
Our Diabetes WA LIVE webinars for people with diabetes were launched in April 2020 during lockdown, and have proven extremely popular. Find out more.
We also provide webinars for health professionals, covering current hot topics on diabetes management. Find out more.
Diabetes WA’s online shop provides access to subsidised NDSS diabetes products and supplies which can be delivered to the door of those who can’t make it to a local pharmacy.
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