Diabetes Education Unit at Flinders Medical Centre
The Flinders Medical Centre Diabetes Education Unit is available to people with diabetes and their families.
Our service may be able to help you if you have:
- type 1 diabetes (child, adolescent, adult)
- type 2 diabetes (child, adolescent, adult) requiring insulin
- gestational diabetes (diabetes in pregnancy)
The aim of our service is to provide information, support and assistance to promote a shared responsibility in health and wellbeing, and prevent complications and illness.
Services are available for inpatients and outpatients. Emergency and Elective Day Admissions can also be facilitated when required.
An educational program is negotiated according to patient needs and may include information on:
- healthy eating
- tablets (oral hypoglycaemic agents)
- insulin and injecting devices
- blood glucose monitoring
- blood ketone monitoring
- handling and disposal of sharps
- planning a pregnancy
- illness and sick day management
- early detection prevention of complications
- rights and responsibilities
Specialised services include Continuous Glucose Monitoring System (CGMS), Continuous Subcutaneous Insulin Infusion (CSII or Insulin Pump Therapy) and Out Patient Medication Management (OMMS).
The diabetes educators work closely with other members of the Diabetes team within Flinders Medical Centre (FMC), the Southern Division of General Practitioners, Southern Primary Health and the wider community. Patients seen at FMC may be referred to other regional sites, if it is more convenient and clinically appropriate.
Referrals to the Diabetes Education Unit can be made by your local doctor.
Clinical Service Coordinator - Linda Burcher
Telephone: (08) 8204 5681
Fax: (08) 8204 8960
Location: Department of Medicine Consulting Clinics, level 2
Hours: 7.30am to 4.00pm, Monday to Friday