Diabetics get help to manage

Diabetes educator Sue Youngman in Waroona.
Diabetes educator Sue Youngman in Waroona.

Ms Youngman works from the Waroona Community Resource Centre, offering fortnightly appointments on Wednesdays.

All appointments are free.

Ms Youngman said diabetes education was important for newly diagnosed diabetics and people who had been living with diabetes for a longer period.

‘One-on-one diabetes education is important as it gives people the tools and information they need to self-manage their diabetes,’ Ms Youngman said.

‘New information is being discovered all the time. It’s important that people stay updated.

‘I’m not here to tell people what they can and can’t do. Instead, I aim to encourage and support people to make the right, informed choices and therefore stay well and prevent complications.’

Perth South Coastal Medicare Local acting CEO Paul Hersey said he was pleased to extend diabetes education to the people of Waroona.

‘It is very pleasing to increase and facilitate diabetes education and care in the region,’ Mr Hersey said.

‘Statistics show Waroona has a type 2 diabetes rate of 3.5 in every 100 people aged 18 years and over. This is slightly higher than that of WA (3.3) and Australia (3.4).

‘The rate of people aged 18 years and over who have type 2 diabetes and are overweight (including obese) is 3.2 in every 100 peoples.’