What does a Diabetes Educator do?
Diabetes educators specialise in the provision of diabetes self-management education for people with diabetes.
They provide support for people with diabetes, including gestational diabetes, integrating clinical care, self-management education, skills training and disease specific information to motivate patients to:
- Understand diabetes and make informed lifestyle and treatment choices
- Incorporate physical activity into daily life
- Use their medicines effectively and safely
- Monitor and interpret their blood glucose patterns
All persons with diabetes need access to a diabetes educator. Guidelines for referral to a diabetes educator include:
- Initial diagnosis of diabetes
- Introducing or changing diabetes medicines and insulin therapy
- Glycaemic targets or desired clinical goals not met
- Little self-care knowledge, skills or confidence
- Recurrent or severe episodes of hypoglycaemia and/or ketoacidosis
- Diagnosis of chronic diabetes complications or other comorbidities
To be eligible to provide services under the Medicare chronic disease management items, diabetes educators must be credentialled diabetes educators (CDE).