Diabetes Education for North lakes and Brisbane Surrounds
Specialist health care professionals caring for our community
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Kerry Porter - Diabetes Educator
Kerry Porter has over 18 years experience working in diabetes. She is an endorsed Nurse Practitioner and a credentialed diabetes educator. She has vast experience in both the public and private sector working with children and adults with type 1, type 2, insulin pump therapy and diabetes in pregnancy. Kerry has worked in both the rural and urban health environments.
After completing her Masters in Nursing (Nurse Practitioner) Kerry works as a Nurse Practitioner in collaboration with local General Practitioners and Endocrinologists. Kerry is the Nurse Lead of the Diabetes and Endocrine Service at the Princess Alexandra Hospital. Kerry also runs a private practice managing people with diabetes and its co morbidities.
Christine Skinner - Diabetes Educator
Chrissy is an accredited Diabetes Educator who works closely with her patients in helping to manage their Diabetes through knowledge, motivation and support. Chrissy works closely with the Diabetes Care Team at Specialist Medical Care Australia and is available now for consultation.
Chrissy can assist with:
- Support and counselling for patients with diabetes
- Assistance with making changes to a healthier lifestyle
- Assistance with day to day management of diabetes
- Individualised advice
What Exactly is Diabetes?
Most everyone has heard of Diabetes, yet not everyone knows what the disease entails. Diabetes, collectively, is a number of disease that are caused by an imbalance of the hormone insulin within the body. The pancreas controls the amount of insulin and this hormone is used to store and process the sugar and fat that you eat.
When the pancreas produces little or no insulin, your body cannot process the food you eat properly. Diabetes is comprised of Type 1, Type 2 and gestational Diabetes. Type 1 is typically diagnosed in children and treatment includes regular blood sugar level testing and insulin injections.
Type 2 is most often seen in adults and the pancreas still releases some insulin. But care must be taken in diet and exercise to monitor this type of Diabetes.
Gestational Diabetes is confined to pregnant women and the mother must be carefully monitored as the disease can affect the health and development of the foetus.
Diabetes in Australia
Over a million Australians are reported to be suffering from Diabetes with 85% having Type 1 and 13.5% having Type 2.
In other words, Diabetes afflicts almost 5% of the population. A significant increase is seen in the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders who report that 12.8% of people over 15 years of age have the disease. *
*(Source: Australian Government / Department of Health / http://www.health.gov.au/internet/main/publishing.nsf/Content/chronic-diabetes )