With initial appointments, follow-up consultations, tests and referrals to up to six different allied health care providers, management of chronic diseases such as diabetes can be a full time job, and places an enormous strain on an already very sick person and their families.
Dedicated to you and your well-being, The Diabetic GP Clinic provides an innovative alternative to those seeking it - where providers undertake a shared approach to optimised patient care, improving the life of those with diabetes.
At a GLANCE
One-stop GP clinic for diabetes care
Family Medical Practice
Evidence-based medical weight management
Efficient & convenient for patients
We are North Queensland's first one-stop GP Clinic - doctors & allied health essential to the prevention and care of diabetes, all under one roof!
The Diabetic GP Clinic is a locally-owned and family-run practice, consisting of a multi-disciplinary team of doctors, nurses and allied health practitioners - all with the key focus on the prevention and care of diabetes and medical weight management. We believe in the future of primary health care, filled with exciting and innovative treatment options.
Committed to delivering exceptional clinical care to patients and the North Queensland community, the clinic uses an evidence-based, team management approach to help diabetics self-manage their diabetes more effectively and prevent complications. Our coordinated, managed partnerships with select offsite specialists and support organisations ensures that our patients have access to the most complete and knowledgeable care they need.
Diabetes focused GPs and nursing staff
The Diabetic GP Clinic has a team of highly experienced male and female vocationally registered General Practitioners (GPs) who pride themselves on delivering quality, comprehensive medical care to our patients and their families in an environment that is professional and patient focused.
Our clinic provides a convenient place for regular checkups, acute care, wellness and condition management, and health education.
Hand-picked Allied Health
Allied health professionals essential to the management of diabetes and other chronic diseases have been hand-picked from across the country to join the team. We're proud to offer our patients the convenience of onsite professionals and the latest in technology, treatments and lifestyle advice:
Credentialed Diabetes Educator
With QML Pathology taking up residence on-site to offer their full list of services as well as specialised diabetes blood tests, our patients have the convenience of undergoing all consultations and tests within the same appointment, within the same clinic!
Read on below to see how each of our health professionals is here just for you.
GENERAL MEDICINE with a diabetes focus
A General Practitioner (GP) is a medical doctor who treats acute and chronic illnesses and provides preventive care and health education to patients.
The Diabetic GP Clinic has a team of highly experienced male and female vocationally registered GPs who pride themselves on delivering quality, comprehensive medical care to our patients and their families in an environment that is professional and patient focused. Whilst they're all skilled and passionate about diabetes medicine and medical weight management, each practitioner is highly experienced in all areas of General Practice, catering for all health needs of all women, men and children in the region.
Our GPs are Fellows of the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP) and keep up to date in the latest technologies and therapies - especially when it comes to diabetes care(we're proud to be able to now offer insulin pump-starts and glucose monitoring all from the comfort and convenience of our own clinic).
GPs continue to be a diabetic patient's primary source of care; they are responsible for coordinating diabetes education and management, instigating a course of treatments, reviews to incorporate any developments and lifestyle changes, and provide referrals to appropriate specialists or other health professionals. They are also the key to ensuring all necessary members of the primary care team are informed and up to date on each patient's progress.
A 'patient-first' approach helps our GPs to provide the highest quality of personalised and comprehensive care for the whole person - not just the disease. Our GPs are supported by a team of specialist nurses with diabetes education training, and the knowledge and competence to deliver COMPLETE primary health care for the entire family.
Our GPs are your GPs. We're working just for you, and we're listening.
Medicare assists with a rebate for seeing a General Practitioner, and there may be no Out of Pocket costs for appointments under some care plans. See our Fees and Billings page for more information.
A Diabetes Educator is a specialist in not only diabetes, but also people. They are health professionals who have completed further study to focus their efforts on helping you manage your diabetes effectively and prevent complications. Diabetes Educators work closely with your doctor, combining knowledge and know-how to support and motivate you in making informed decisions about your health. They are often the first point of call at diagnosis and essential in ongoing reviews.
At the Diabetic GP Clinic, our diabetes educators are credentialed - meaning they've undergone extra training and assessment in order to better help our patients. Focusing on your individual needs, they help with information and tips on lifestyle, healthy diet, regular exercise and medication management. They're schooled up on the latest in technologies - like bluetooth blood glucose meters and insulin pumps - to help make self-management easier.
Our Credentialed Diabetes Educators Suzanne Radford and Andrea Macdonald also provide a handy link to other health professionals. With an in-depth knowledge on all aspects of diabetes they can recognise when you need to see other members of your health care team for example, a podiatrist, dietitian or an optometrist. They strive for all patients to be connected and engaged, armed with the latest information. They are here just for you.
Medicare assists with a rebate for seeing a diabetes educator under certain care plans. See your doctor for more information. Private healthcare insurance may also cover some costs, so check with your individual health fund too.
Dietitians are a valuable resource in your effort to keep diabetes and your weight in control, but many people overlook them. A healthy diet is the first step to a healthy life, and is essential to diabetes management as it can help control blood glucose (sugar) levels and achieve a healthy weight. In Type 1 diabetes, diet plays an even greater role; matching insulin doses to the carbohydrate in the food we eat means Type 1 diabetics need to know how to plan their food, insulin and activity with even greater precision.
Our dietitian, Andrea Macdonald is also a Credentialed Diabetes Educator - which means she's undergone extra training to understand the 'ins and outs' of how your diet relates to your diabetes, your medications and your exercise routines. She can help you set up a meal plan tailored to your individual needs and tastes, teach you how to count carbohydrate in your food, control portion sizes and watch your calorie intake.
Andrea also works closely with our GPs to make sure your medication regime works in harmony with your diet. Together, you'll work to develop a diet that keeps your blood sugar in control, but is also appealing enough that you can stick to it.
Medicare may provide a rebate on Dietitians’ fees under some care plans if referred by your GP. You may also receive a rebate from your private health fund if you have one, depending on the type of cover you have.
Psychology is the study of behaviour and the mind, embracing all aspects of conscious and unconscious experience as well as thought.
Everyone deals with the diagnosis of Diabetes differently. Some quite easily take on board all the information and make the necessary lifestyle changes. However for others it’s not so simple; for some a diagnosis is frustrating and overwhelming. People do not want to be seen as being different. People may struggle with dietary changes and what is perceived as healthy is different to what they have always thought.
Being diagnosed with diabetes can be a major life stress. A psychologist can help you deal with some of the mental challenges it poses such as grief, denial, anxiety, depression, shame and guilt. They form an integral part of your health care and increase your support system.
Our psychologist Manya Sheifske can help you manage these challenges by focusing on what diabetes means to you and helping you to take responsibility for your health and embrace your diabetes treatments as central to that health.
Visits to our psychologist can be eligible for a rebate as part of your diabetic care plan initiated by your GP. Private health insurance may also cover some of the cost of these visits - so check with your health fund if you have one or come in and see us today.
An exercise physiologist is an allied health professional who specialises in assisting patients with a medical condition through exercise. They have a wide range of knowledge and skills that can support you, both mentally and physically.
If you have diabetes, or are at risk, exercise plays an important part in keeping you healthy. The right exercise can help your body to:
- use insulin better
- maintain a healthy weight
- lower your blood pressure
- reduce your risk of heart disease
- reduce stress
Our exercise physiologist Mahn Cooke can teach you how to effectively lower your blood sugar levels, improve your strength, increase your fitness and control your weight. Come in and see him today!
Medicare assist with rebates for seeing an exercise physiologist if certain care plans are initiated by your GP. Private health insurance may also cover some of the cost of these visits - so check with your health fund if you have one or come in and see us today.
Podiatry is the diagnosis, treatment, prevention and management of problems to the lower limbs, ankle and feet. We don't think about it much but it's important to take care of your feet. Foot care is essential for people who have Diabetes, and annual check-ups are extremely important. Diabetics are more at risk of nerve damage, poor circulation and have a higher risk of infection to the feet. Your risk of developing foot ulcers and amputation is also increased.
Our podiatrist Mayumi Osaki can diagnose, treat and rehabilitate your feet and help prevent complications. She works closely with our GPs to provide comprehensive holistic healthcare services and ensure best outcome for your foot health.
Our feet are our most used form of transport and over a life time we will walk more than 128,000 km on them. That's like walking 3 times around the world! So, take the right step and speak to one of our doctors or Mayumi today to find out how we can best assist you with a podiatry plan to maintain your mobility and foot health.
Podiatry costs can be subsidised by a Medicare rebate if certain care plans are organised by your GP. Ask us if you're eligible today!
The Diabetic GP Clinic offers the convenience of an on-site QML pathology lab, operating weekdays from 8:30 - 11:30 daily. A person with diabetes can expect to have bloods taken every 3-12 months. Having onsite pathology ensures this integral component of diabetes care is easy to access and also less of a time cost to our patients.
Our pathology services provide efficient, effective, and convenient care for patients with diabetes, and for all other medical investigations and diagnostic services. Results can be electronically forwarded straight into the clinic and also to any other external members of the care team that need them.
Many of the pathology services required by diabetics are subsidised by Medicare, and we'll always let you know your options if they aren't.