Local health professionals helping those with type 2 diabetes

Members of the Multidisciplinary Team, Health Promotion Officer SCHHS, Kerry Roach and Dietitian SCHHS, Mitch King

Members of the Multidisciplinary Team, Health Promotion Officer SCHHS, Kerry Roach and Dietitian SCHHS, Mitch King

A multidisciplinary group of local health professionals providing free workshops for people diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, believe living well and staying well is achievable despite having the condition.

Kerry Roach, Healthy Lifestyle Coordinator, Sunshine Coast Hospital and Health Service, said people with type 2 diabetes who follow the general population guidelines for physical activity and healthy balanced eating are on the right track to good diabetes management.

“Although some people will go on to become insulin dependent, up to 60% of type 2 diabetes can be largely managed through healthy lifestyle behaviours.

“Practicing a healthy lifestyle can really swing the odds in your favour,” she said.

“Our workshop is delivered by the Sunshine Coast Hospital and Health Service and brings together a range of allied health staff including a diabetes educator, dietician, social worker and health promotion officer. Participants receive a well-rounded view of managing their condition.”

The upcoming Gympie workshop is the final session for 2019, with the morning providing information, resources and links to further support in the community.

To be eligible to attend the workshop, you must be diagnosed with type 2 diabetes or pre-diabetes, be over 18 years of age; be able to attend group education for four hours; and be able to learn in the company of others. Family members are also welcome to attend.

The workshop will be held on Thursday, November 14 9am to 1pm at the Gympie Community Health Centre. Bookings are essential, please phone Central Intake on 54799670.