“The best thing about the Diabetes Telehealth Service is that I have the satisfaction of knowing they are only one call away”
When Yvonne Stol moved to Paraburdoo from Bunbury she was worried about how she would manage her type 2 diabetes without being able to visit a credentialled diabetes educator.
In Bunbury, Yvonne had attended regular appointments with her diabetes educator at the South West Aboriginal Service (SWAMS). After moving up north, she continued to book appointments at SWAMS when visiting family in Bunbury. She felt most comfortable at SWAMS, although it meant that her appointments were limited.
Then Yvonne discovered the Diabetes WA Telehealth service, which provides adults living with diabetes in remote communities with critical information, advice and support via video conferencing technology. It can be accessed anywhere with a strong internet connection and is a lifeline to many where diabetes education services are not available.
Through the Diabetes Telehealth service Yvonne learned how to properly administer insulin, a crucial element of managing her blood glucose levels.
“The best thing about the Diabetes Telehealth Service is that I have the satisfaction of knowing they are only one call away,” says Yvonne.
“I know I can book an appointment with them and have a chat about simple things like learning to count to ten to inject insulin properly.”
Yvonne travels to Tom Price Hospital to attend her Telehealth appointments and believes this is a far better solution than travelling to Bunbury. “Diabetes WA Telehealth is so easy,” she says, “I have had three appointments with Susan [credentialled diabetes educator] and I will be seeing an endocrinologist soon.”
Through this raffle we are hoping to raise much needed funds to continue the Diabetes Telehealth service. By purchasing a raffle ticket, you are helping us to support people living in rural communities and those too vulnerable to travel where there may be no alternative.
Raffle tickets are $2 and can be purchased here