| Community Diabetes Education Services
There are numerous diabetes education/nutrition and podiatry programs within the community available to patients with diabetes. When booking your patients into any of these programs, it is important that you check whether there is a cost involved for the patient to attend and inform your patient if this is the case.
If a referral is required by the organisation, you can either complete this yourself, or ask the resident/registrar to complete this for you. The first five options listed below include services in the Northern and Western Suburbs only. If you search on the online community programs, you will be able to find the service anywhere in Victoria.
If the patient is being discharged after hours, please leave the details of the diabetes service which your patient would like to be booked into, as well as the patient's details with your ward clerk. An appointment can then be made for the patient during business hours and sent to them in the mail. If the patient would like to come back to Melbourne Health SIPS, then a message can be left on the answering machine at any time (24 hours).
Diabetes Australia Victoria (DA–VIC)
DA–VIC has two locations, Elizabeth Street, Melbourne and Roslyn Road, Belmont Geelong. They run education programs for people newly diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, and also Dose Adjustment For Normal Eating (DAFNE), an evidenced based education program for people with type 1 diabetes. Further information about the programs and services offered by DA–VIC can be obtained by phoning 1300 136 588.
Melbourne Health SIPS Program
The Melbourne Health Diabetes Education Team at the Wreckyn Street Diabetes Education Centre in North Melbourne (close to The Royal Melbourne Hospital), runs the SIPS program on a fortnightly basis (Thursday). To book your patient into SIPS, phone 9329 7199 OR leave a message on the answering machine, including the patients name, UR, address and phone number. The patient will then be sent an appointment in the mail. The education program is run in English Only.
Diabetes Co-Management in General Practice
Included in this folder is list of GP practices in the Northern and Western areas of Melbourne which employ Diabetes Nurse Educators. The person must already be a patient of the GP to be eligible to see the educator in that particular practice. All contact details are provided on this sheet.
Melbourne and North West Melbourne Divisions of General Practice
This sheet titled "Quick Guide to Diabetes Programs" lists a variety of services including diabetes education/dietetics and podiatry. There are also multilingual programs listed here. This sheet is also included in this folder.
Community Dietitians and Programs
This is a list of additional diabetes education/dietitian services available in the North West region
On-line Community Programs
This is a fantastic opportunity to find a community program for your patient which is close to where they live. There are two websites: Connecting Care and Infoxchange Service Seeker.
Please refer to the guidelines below on how to find a program for your patient on-line
Click on the area of the map corresponding to where the patient live
Select their local government area for the on the bottom/middle of the page
You will see 4 options. The first option (blue) is "Select a service (Find a service and who provides it)"
Use the drop down arrow and select 'Diabetes'
By double clicking on the program the patient desires, you will be provided with the contact details of the organisation and can then book an appointment for your patient
Infoxchange Service Seeker
Type in the suburb/town in which the patient lives and press 'continue'
Choose ' Service Keyword' on the left hand side
Choose 'Diabetes' from the keyword list and press 'search'
A list of diabetes services in the patient's residential area is presented on the screen
If there is no service available in the patient's area, click the 'click here to expand you search' button. This will give you a list of diabetes services in the surrounding suburbs.