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Stanhope Health to launch new diabetes service

Kyabram District Health Service (KDHS) plans to open a nurse-led diabetes clinic at Stanhope Health to ensure people at high risk of diabetes and those currently living with the condition, can access care and support programs closer to home.

Set to open in late July, the clinic will enhance the community’s wellbeing and expand KDHS’ diabetes education and support programs.

In response to community feedback and the high prevalence of diabetes in Kyabram and surrounding towns, the new diabetes clinic will offer specialist support for individuals at high risk of and those already living with diabetes in the region.

Serving Stanhope, Rushworth and surrounding communities, the new diabetes clinic will be led by a Diabetes Outreach Care Coordinator. KDHS is currently recruiting for this role, which will assist clients in accessing appropriate health services and programs to support optimal diabetes management and participation in diabetes prevention programs.

The Diabetes Outreach Care Coordinator is a Registered Nurse with specialised training in diabetes, who will educate both clients and the community, coordinate comprehensive care among healthcare providers, and develop personalised management plans to enhance diabetes outcomes. Clients will be able to choose between individual or group interactions.

The Diabetes clinic will offer a flexible service for clients including telehealth, face-to-face consultations or a combination of both.

Supported by the Victorian Government, the diabetes clinic is the first stage of the GPs in Community Health Project, which aims to explore better ways to deliver affordable, sustainable and viable primary care services in rural communities.

 

Director of Primary Health & Community Services, Carolyn Jones, said the clinic will help clients to access specialist diabetes care in a way that suits them.

“At Stanhope Health, clients will be able to receive specialist treatment, care planning, education and support to help manage their diabetes independently and reduce the risk of hospital admissions.

“Clients will be able to receive comprehensive diabetes care at Stanhope, including appointments with a Credentialed Diabetes Educator, Dietitian, Exercise Physiologist, Podiatrist, and other allied health professionals, reducing the need to travel to Kyabram or other larger towns for treatment.”

KDHS Acting CEO, Jon Laughlin, said the health service had been serving the community for more than 90 years, and the new clinic at Stanhope Health builds on KDHS’ existing diabetes education services.

“We always strive to ensure our community has access to the care they need as close to home as possible. The clinic will help clients easily access specialist information to improve education and disease self-management in rural communities like ours.”

KDHS will soon provide additional information about the diabetes clinic, including the opening date and how to access the service.

For more information on the nurse-led diabetes clinic at Stanhope Health, phone 03 5857 1451.

For media enquiries:

Ashley Watson
Primary Health Manager | Kyabram District Health Service
t. (03) 5857 0238
AWatson@kyhealth.org.au