Tackling diabetes takes two
A new diabetes service developed by Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital (RBWH) and Queensland University of Technology (QUT) is empowering people living with the disease and making a big mark on appointment lists.
RBWH dietitian Jane Musial said the program was developed to see patients sooner and provide them with an individualised exercise and education program to help manage their diabetes.
“It is a 10-week multidisciplinary program that gives patients structure, tools and support,” Jane said.
“Patients begin the program with an individual assessment before undertaking eight weeks of supervised and structured exercise and group education.
“In the final week patients are reassessed to measure their progress and so far participants have achieved reductions in weight, blood pressure, cholesterol levels and improvements in blood glucose control and the distance they can walk.”
It’s not just the participants reaping the benefits, with demand on outpatient appointment lists already reduced by over 70 per cent and 90 per cent of participants discharged from the RBWH diabetic educator and dietitian wait lists.
Programs have concluded for 2017 but will recommence in 2018 taking referrals from both RBWH and GPs. To find out more call QUT health clinics 07 3138 9777.