The Mater Young Adult Diabetes Service provides exceptional specialised diabetes care to young people aged 16 - 25 years. Our dedicated team of healthcare professionals provide the highest standard of diabetes clinical care and provides programs for adolescents and young adults to support their emotional, social and educational needs.
Who will see you at the Mater Young Adult Diabetes Clinic?
You will see a diabetes team who work together to help support you to safely manage your diabetes. Our diabetes healthcare team includes Endocrinologists, Credentialed Nurse Diabetes Educators and Dietitians, Pyschologists, Mental Health Nurse, a Podiatrist and and Eye Specialist.
The Endocrinologist/Registrar review your general health and how you are coping with you day-to-day diabetes care. They may offer suggestions on how to acheive your health goals and co-ordinate your diabetes care with your GP and other members of the team.
The Nurse Diabetes Educator provides information and support on the day-to-day management of your diabetes such as self-management techniques, advances in technology, resources and tools to supports you to live well with diabetes.
The Dietitian Diabetes Educator offers practical information to help you identiy and acheive good nutrition. Support and advice about carbohydrate counting and insulin adjustment, healthy weight and eating is available.
The Psychologist and Mental Health Nurse can help you cope with your daily experience of diabetes. They are there to help you explore any personal struggles you may be having with diabetes and help you develop strategies to cope. They can also help you with stress and anxiety management, depression or relationship conflict.
The Eye specialist will take retinal photographs to assess your eye health. Early detection of any changes to the blood supply for your eyes can help pevent long-term eyesight problems.
What happens at the Mater Young Adult Diabetes Clinic?
A clinic start with a hieght, weight, blood glucose and HbA1c check followed by a download of your insulin pump and meter. Downloading your insulin pump or meter at home can be a significant time saver.
Though we do our very best to run to time, if you do need to wait for your appointment the waiting area is a comfortable space with the option of meeting others your age who also have diabetes whilst sharing a coffee, or playing a game on our interactive screen.
All going well, you can expect your visit will take around two hours.