TALK TO YOUR GP TODAY- PEOPLE WITH TYPE 2 DIABETES MAY BE ELIGIBLE TO 8 BULK BILLED MEDICARE GROUP SESSIONS A YEAR AT THE JOINT!
TYPE 2 DIABETES PROGRAM AT THE JOINT
The Joint offers a Type 2 Diabetes program for any patient with Type 2 Diabetes. The Australian Government through Medicare offers patients with Type 2 Diabetes 1 individual assessment with a health professional plus 8 group exercise or education sessions with relevant health professionals. These 8 sessions are fully subsidised by Medicare with no out of pocket expense for patients.
**Note: The 1 x assessment and 8 x group sessions are in addition to the 5 session available through the Chronic Disease Management Plan and are available each calendar year**
Our team of highly experienced Exercise Physiologist, Dietitian and Diabtes Educator will provide a thorougher individual assessment and based on this, will advise on which sessions will be most beneficial for the patient. Following the assessment and advice from health professionals, patients will undergo 8 small
group exercise and/or education sessions to optimise their management of their Diabetes.
WHAT IS TYPE 2 DIABETES?
Type 2 diabetes is a progressive condition where the body becomes resistant to the normal effects of insulin and/or gradually loses the capacity to produce enough insulin in the pancreas. The cause of type 2 diabetes is not known, however, it is associated with modifiable lifestyle risk factors.
Type 2 diabetes:
- Represents 85–90 per cent of all cases of diabetes
- Usually develops in adults over the age of 45 years but is increasingly occurring in younger age groups including children, adolescents and young adults
- Is more likely in people with a family history of type 2 diabetes or from particular ethnic backgrounds
- For some the first sign may be a complication of diabetes such as a heart attack, vision problems or a foot ulcer
- Is managed with a combination of regular physical activity, healthy eating and weight reduction. As type 2 diabetes is often progressive, most people will need oral medications and/or insulin injections in addition to lifestyle changes over time.
While there is currently no cure, Type 2 diabetes can be managed through lifestyle modification including a healthy diet, regular exercise and monitoring your blood glucose levels.
- Eating well helps manage your blood glucose levels and your body weight
- Exercising helps the insulin work more effectively, lowers your blood pressure and reduces the risk of heart disease.
- Regular blood glucose monitoring tests whether the treatment being followed is adequately controlling blood glucose levels or whether you need to adjust your treatment.
The aim of diabetes management is to keep blood glucose levels as close to the target range between 4 to 6 mmol/L (fasting), this will help prevent both short-term and long-term complications. Type 2 diabetes is progressive and needs to be managed effectively to prevent complications.
HOW DO I GET STARTED?
To be eligible for the Type 2 Diabetes Program you must have Type 2 Diabetes. You will require a referral from your GP to access the Medicare funded sessions. If your GP requires any assistance with paperwork or further information, please contact us on 31914455 or [email protected]
To learn more about the Medicare funded Type 2 Diabetes Program at The Joint please call 31914455 or e-mail on [email protected]
To learn more about Diabetes please see: Diabetes Austraila