Cowaramup mum Claire Hubbard says that Diabetes Telehealth saved her a lot of stress during her recent pregnancy.
Claire considered herself quite healthy and had not thought too much about what she ate, until she was diagnosed with gestational diabetes. After her diagnosis, she was keen to protect her unborn son Coby from diabetes-related harm.
She was able to cope with her new way of life through weekly telehealth sessions that she held with a diabetes educator in Perth at Diabetes WA, using videoconferencing on her home computer. Claire recorded her daily blood glucose readings on a chart and, using her mobile phone, sent a photo of the chart to her DWA educator, June Lee, each week so she could track Claire’s diabetes. Claire said the advice from June was essential.
“I had to cut sweet food and had to learn how to swap high GI carbohydrates like Arborio rice, to low GI food, such as basmati rice,” she said.
“Being able to speak to June every week was a massive confidence boost and it was really nice that it was the one person I spoke to every week, as June was really reassuring. I could call her any time and ask anything, and she would put my mind at ease.”
Without Telehealth, Claire would not have had access to regular diabetes support and information. As Claire managed her gestational diabetes so well, she was able to deliver Coby at her local regional hospital, rather than having to come to Perth.
Healthcare delivered closer to home is under the spotlight this week as part of Telehealth Awareness Week, 25–29 June. People in country WA can avoid travelling for specialist appointments by seeing their doctor or other health professional by video-conference from their local health centre, or possibly even from home. The Diabetes Telehealth Service is a partnership between Diabetes WA and the WA Country Health Service.