The Integrated Chronic Conditions team has been growing over the past couple of years – as has the need for our services. Need for our diabetes service grew significantly this year with a fourth diabetes educator coming on board and referrals increasingl by 46%. The team have all been recognised as Credentialled Diabetes Educators (CDE) by the Australian Diabetes Educators Association (ADEA). A CDE is a health professional who has been recognised for their specialist knowledge and professional development in the field of diabetes education. CDE is a registered trademark allowing the ADEA to define who can use it. Recognition as a CDE is ADEA’s assurance to people with or at risk of diabetes, their families, carers and health care providers that they can expect to receive quality diabetes education and advice when consulting with a CDE. CDE’s must demonstrate ongoing participation in professional development within the specialty of diabetes education in accordance with the ADEA Credentialling and Re-Credentialling Program to gain and maintain recognition as a CDE yearly. What does a CDE do? CDE’s assist people with diabetes and those at risk of developing diabetes by empowering them to effectively self-manage the care and treatment of their diabetes or prediabetes. They can provide:
Support and assistance for the person and their families and carers
Education and training
Clinical care and management
Information and knowledge about diabetes
Strategies and skills to adapt to life with diabetes
Assistance with set realistic self-management goals
It is a significant achievement for all members of a team to be credentialled as we would like to congratulate Jeevan Rosha, Taryn Mews, Lee Winning & Nicole Frayne.
GP down south is an exemplary not-for-profit community organisation. We have been providing health and wellbeing services in the Peel regions and the South West of WA since 1994.