Diabetes is a chronic disease with serious complications, currently affecting an estimated 1.7 million Australians.
About 275 adults develop diabetes every day, yet research shows that most Australians think diabetes is not a serious illness and believe they have a lower risk of developing it than they actually do. (Diabetes Australia 2011)
Diabetes is a chronic condition in which the amount of glucose in the blood is too high, therefore the body is unable to use it properly. Glucose provides the body with energy. For glucose to be used effectively by the body, it needs help from a hormone called insulin. Diabetes results when the body either does not produce insulin, or the insulin produced is not effective.
Castlemaine District Community Health provides a range of services to help people understand and manage diabetes, including one on one education, support groups, diabetes supplies and outreach services.
Credentialled Diabetes Educators provide one-on-one consultations for people with diabetes or pre-diabetes. This service is also available for carers and family members. This includes:
Diabetes Nurse Educators work collaboratively with other service providers where required, such as GP’s, Endocrinologist, Dietitian, Podiatrist, and many others, to give you the best possible chance of maintaining optimal health. Communication between service providers is important, especially between a person’s GP or Specialist in relation to any significant changes or planned actions.
All age groups are welcome - people with diabetes, pre-diabetes or their family / carers. Self referral and GP / Specialist referrals are accepted.
To Arrange an Appointment
Drop in or phone our reception desk on (03) 5479 1000 to make an appointment. Generally an appointment will be available with in one to two weeks.
Consultations cost $10.
Should payment of this fee stop you using this service, please make this known to the Receptionist.
In a collaborative partnership with Castlemaine Health, the staff from the hospital may refer inpatients/Residents to the Diabetes Nurse Educators for review and assessment. This enhances seamless transition from hospital to home
Diabetes Nurse Educators also provide education in-services to hospital staff on a regular basis
This is available for both Primary and Secondary Schools in the Mount Alexander Shire
To Arrange an Appointment
Phone reception on (03) 5479 1000 and ask to speak to a Diabetes Nurse Educator.
The National Diabetes Services Scheme (NDSS) delivers diabetes-related products at subsidised prices and provides information and support services to people with diabetes.
Registration is free and open to all Australians diagnosed with diabetes. The NDSS is an Australia Government initiative, administered by Diabetes Australia. Castlemaine District Community Health is an NDSS Acess Point.
People of all ages living with diabetes who are NDSS members.
People with diabetes who are not members can contact Diabetes Educators for information on joining the scheme.
Diabetes supplies can be obtained from;
Thomas & Chong Chemart Pharmacy, Castlemaine
McKenzie Davies Amcal Pharmacy, Castlemaine
Maldon Pharmacy, Maldon
These information sessions have regular guest speakers, covering all aspects of diabetes and its management. The group provides a forum for Self Help and social support in self managing your diabetes.
Meetings are held at Castlemaine District Community Health, on the first Wednesday monthly from 2 - 3pm.
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Dates for 2017:
Feb 1st, March 1st, April 5th, May 3rd, June 7th,
July 5th, August 2nd, September 6th, October 4th, November 1st,
December 6th (x-mas break-up 12 noon, Venue to be announced).
All age groups are welcome, people with diabetes or pre-diabetes, their carers and family members. Contact reception for more information on (03) 5479 1000