The Diabetes Education Department - incorporating the HARP (Hospital Admission Risk Program) provides a diabetes education service for patients and their families of Austin Health.
The service comprises of outpatient clinics, inpatient services as well as a Diabetes Complications and Assessment Service (DCAS) and an inpatient Diabetes Care Coordinator. The Diabetes Education Department has strong links and can refer to dietitians and podiatrists who specialise in diabetes
Outpatient diabetes education services include general diabetes clinics and an insulin commencement clinic. Diabetes education outpatient services are offered to patients and their families of Austin Health.
The DCAS clinic focuses on the prevention and the early detection of diabetes complications. It provides patients with a comprehensive, “one stop shop” assessment of their diabetes and is conducted at 5 convenient locations in the North East of Melbourne.
The DCAS clinic offers endocrinology, diabetes education, nutrition education and podiatry services at each of the 5 sites to provide on-going support for people with diabetes. DCAS is bulk billed and requires a doctor’s referral.
Within the Austin Hospital the Diabetes Care Co-ordinator (DCC), is a unique role to Austin Health, and targets inpatients with diabetes. The DCC co-ordinates inpatients’ diabetes care and discharge planning, and refers to other members of the multidisciplinary team as required. The main aim of the DCC is to reduce demand on diabetes education services and ultimately helps to reduce hospital length of stay.
The Diabetes Education Team at Austin Health consists of credentialed Clinical Diabetes Nurse Educators, Accredited Practising Dietitians and Accredited Podiatrist.
If you'd like to know more about the Diabetes Education Department or the HARP Diabetes Project please continue to explore our web site or contact us directly.