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Nurse Practitioner & credentialled Diabetes Educator


"Never tell me the sky's the limit when there are footprints on the moon" -  Unknown

 

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Nurse Practitioner & credentialled Diabetes Educator


"Never tell me the sky's the limit when there are footprints on the moon" -  Unknown

 

NO DOCTORS REFERRAL REQUIRED - ALL SESSIONS OFFER A MEDICARE REBATE - Personalised Service Focusing on Person Centred Care

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About Diabetes


What You Need to Know About Diabetes

About Diabetes


What You Need to Know About Diabetes

What is Diabetes?

Type 1 Diabetes:

Type 1 Diabetes is an autoimmune condition that affects specific cells of the pancreas. These cells are no longer able to produce a vital hormone called insulin. Insulin helps regulate the body’s blood glucose levels.

Type 2 Diabetes:

Type 2 Diabetes is a condition caused by an ineffective insulin release and/or a resistance to work effectively, resulting in elevated blood glucose levels.  Type 2 Diabetes is generally attributed to family history, poor diet choices, reduced exercise, increased abdominal weight and is more commonly diagnosed in middle/later life.

FACTS & FIGURES

Did you know:

  • 4.9% of people living in Australia have a diagnosis of diabetes - that is 1,176,179 million of 23,933,718 million people
  • 1 person every 5 minutes develops diabetes [that is 280 people day]
  • Type 1 diabetes accounts for 10% of all diabetes diagnosis - totalling 117,917 people
  • Type 2 diabetes accounts for 86.7% of all registered diabetes diagnosis - totalling 1,019,707 Victoria has a 5% prevalence of diabetes - that is 294,234 thousand of 5,932,753 million people

* Facts and Figures were valid as from 30/06/2015 and supplied by the National Diabetes Services Scheme.  For further information please visit www.ndss.com.au/diabetes-map

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Services


Assisting With Your Diabetes Requirements?

Services


Assisting With Your Diabetes Requirements?

specialised SERVICES

Geelong Diabetes Care offers a holistic approach to Diabetes Education and Patient Care. Services include:

  • TYPE 1 Diabetes Education, Counselling and Review
  • TYPE 2 Diabetes Education, Counselling and Review
  • Family Support and Education 
  • Insulin Pump Therapy Initiation
  • Continuous Glucose Monitoring
  • Medication Prescribing and Review
  • Referral to Medical Specialists
  • Order and Review Pathology Tests

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My Story


Why Choose Geelong Diabetes Care?

My Story


Why Choose Geelong Diabetes Care?

Jessica O'Shannassy - Nurse Practitioner

My story

My experience as a Registered Nurse spans 12 years and was primarily within diabetes and paediatrics. Over this time working with people affected by diabetes inspired me to become a Diabetes Educator to assist those to live happier and healthier lives.

JESSICA O'SHANNASSY 

JESSICA O'SHANNASSY 

After some time I became aware of just how much diabetes affects the day to day living of people that are diagnosed and decided there was a need for a more complete and specialised nursing service in this area. As such I undertook further training to become a qualified Nurse Practitioner, allowing me to provide a more holistic nursing service including prescribing of medications, diabetes education and ordering pathology/diagnostics testing. 

Navigating your way around the medical and allied health world can be overwhelming, non-personable, time consuming and very costly. I decided to become a Nurse Practitioner to assist people with diabetes by offering a cost-effective, personable, safe and specialised service. 

 

 

Training & Qualifications


Certified Academic Qualifications:

  • Master of Nursing Practice, Nurse Practitioner, Deakin University, Victoria.
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Nursing Practice (Paediatrics), Melbourne University, Victoria
  • Postgraduate Certificate in Diabetes Education and Health Care, Mayfield Education, Victoria
  • Advanced Diabetes Management (Exercise), Deakin University, Victoria
  • Bachelor of Nursing, University of Ballarat, Victoria

 

Other Relevant Information:

  • ADEA – Credentialled Diabetes Educator
  • Endorsed Nurse Practitioner 
  • Nurse Immuniser Program