Wagga Base Hospital has marked Diabetes Week (July 8–14) with ‘pit-stop’ sessions on Thursday for staff and visitors to raise awareness about the condition.
The initiative also informed them about recent technology advances for diabetes management.
Staff members Jordan Ingram and Rebecca Matuski, who both have type 1 diabetes, were also present.
Mr Ingram, who works in food services at the hospital, said the initiative was a positive.
“I’ve also got family members who have type 1, so it’s good to get the message out,” he said.
The 26-year-old was diagnosed with the condition at 12 years of age
“It’s much better controlled now.
“There’s a lot of structure now in my routine. If you have good discipline, you can live a normal life,” Mr Ingram said.
He advised residents to see their general practitioners if there are any symptoms.
“It’s a simple test – they prick your finger and test your blood-sugar levels,” he said.
As part of the sessions, credentialed diabetes educators Jodie Godfrey and Mark Taylor answered questions and discussed issues with staff and visitors.
Mr Taylor said everyone should be aware of the risk factors.
“If we do have them [symptoms], we need to make sure we’re seeing our doctors and getting them assessed,” he said.
Engagement has included various activities, including staff education, promotions and talks.
- More about Diabetes Week at Diabetes Australia.