Diabetic Health

Just been diagnosed?

When you’re diagnosed with diabetes it can be overwhelming. Your doctor will provide you with a lot of information and ask you a number of questions, including your eating patterns, weight history, blood pressure, medications you might be taking, any family history of heart disease and any treatments you have received for other health problems. If appropriate, the doctor will ask whether you smoke or drink. If you’re a mother you may also be asked about your child or children’s health.
Don't be too alarmed by these questions, your doctor isn’t prying. All of this information has a bearing on your diabetes and how to best manage it.

What you can do

Until a cure is found, if you have diabetes you have it for life. The good news is that by controlling your blood glucose levels you can significantly reduce your risk of developing serious health problems associated with diabetes.
Bringing diabetes under control is key and there’s no one better qualified to do it than you. Taking charge of diabetes doesn’t have to be a full time job, but you do have to be mindful of it 24/7, whether you’re eating, working or going to bed. You’ll have a health care team of people to help you, including your doctor, Credentialled Diabetes Educator, dietician, podiatrist and eye doctor. Ask your doctor about our new diabetic optometry service. The team approach helps you to learn all you need to know about diabetes, treatment and management.

Physical examination

Your doctor will also want do a thorough physical examination, a careful look at your mouth, feet, eyes, abdomen, skin and thyroid gland (a gland at the base of your neck that releases hormones that help your body use energy) and possibly a cardiac (heart) work-up. You’ll have a range of tests, including blood-lipid test for cholesterol.

The initial assessment is important for your overall care. Your doctor will probably also introduce to you the other members of your diabetes team who will be a valuable and reliable resource for support, advice and follow-up assessments.

Meet our Diabetes Educator

Ryan Semera

Ryan completed his Nursing Science degree overseas in 2005 and moved to Australia in 2007. He then studied at Deakin University, Burwood to have his qualifications recognised in Australia. A year after he completed his study at Deakin University, Ryan commenced a post graduate degree in Diabetes Education and Management. He then started working on his credentialing and after 2 years, became a Credentialed Diabetes Educator whilst maintaining a full membership with the Australian Diabetes Educators Association.

Ryan has worked at the Alfred Hospital and was a Clinical Nurse Consultant in Diabetes Education in one of the regional hospitals in Victoria. He was also a Diabetes Coordinator and Advisor for one of the largest pharmaceutical companies in the world at their satellite office in Melbourne.

Ryan has training in oncology, haematology and chemotherapy nursing at Peter MacCallum Centre and used to work as an Associate Nurse Unit Manager in some tertiary referring hospitals in Melbourne’s southeast.

He also conducts several Diabetes Clinics around southeast Melbourne.

Ryan is currently completing his double Masters degrees, Master of Nurse Practitioner and Master of Diabetes Management courses, his scope of practice will be expanded including but not limited to prescribing medications and ordering pathology and diagnostic tests once the courses are successfully completed.

Ryan’s services include:

  1. Type 1, type 2, pre diabetes/ Impaired Fasting Glucose and Gestational Diabetes
  2. Insulin initiation and titration/stabilisation
  3. New medications, medication reviews and latest treatment options
  4. Diabetes equipment and gadgets including continuous glucose monitoring device
  5. Diabetes complication prevention
  6. Annual cycle of care, travelling, hypoglycaemia, hyperglycaemia, NDSS
Address: T97 Brimbank Shopping Centre (next to Woolworth and Direct Chemist Outlet)
28-72 Neale Road, Deer Park, VIC 3023