Over to Diane ...

"I developed this concept and poster for the ADEA Conference 2015, to share my experiences as a part of the Nutrition for Life team. I wanted people to know that changing the way we practice can make a big difference to how people engage, understand and use information to make decisions about their health and health care.

I’ve titled my Abstract “Turning Diabetes Education Upside Down and Inside Out” because this concept starts with 'what the person with diabetes wants to know', not what we want to tell them. It also starts from the 'inside out' by focusing on developing an understanding of food as an energy source, rather than medication in response to blood glucose levels.

Having an understanding of food as energy in the management of diabetes, particularly the role of carbohydrates, enables the person to see the effects on their blood glucose levels, providing valuable feedback for #shareddecisionmaking

Seeing this association brings deeper understanding, more confidence and motivation to be able to take a more active role. It also enables people to have more control and to make informed choices. As with any change in behaviour, people need to be at a stage of readiness for change. This change takes time, trial and error, and support, however the ability to see that there is a choice, or different way of managing blood glucose levels, is pivotal to at least contemplating a starting point.

The way we work at Nutrition for Life is also important, and the two wheels in the poster represent the process and the interaction between what we do differently as health professionals on the left, and what the person does on the right. We can’t make someone change, but we can change what we do to make it easier for people to engage, understand and learn.

By working in partnership, chunking information, focusing on action learning, allowing people to learn by experience (what works for them and why), providing feedback and co creating the strategies, we build on their understanding, confidence and motivation to make changes, and we learn together .

Allowing a person to choose the pace, number and type of appointments (Skype, face to face and couples), giving them access to a team of professionals, with a single focus on supporting them achieve their goals through good diet and nutrition. Providing a broad range of supports both during and after the episode of care gives them control, choice and allows them to engage in a number of ways over time. In the poster I’ve referred to this as ‘team care’ and ‘wrap around support’.

By working in this way we see people achieve some great outcomes, but more importantly, we see people develop the confidence to take an active role in managing their overall health and well-being.

I’ve used the two case studies to show what happens when people have a greater understanding and can apply this in their lives.

Our approach recognizes change doesn’t happen overnight … it is a journey, but a journey that we hear everyday is well worth taking"

“The proof of this approach is not in the pudding, but the blood glucose control".

Diane Webb

Credentialled Diabetes Educator

Congratulations to Diane Webb, Credentialled Diabetes Educator at Nutrition for Life, for having her abstract "Turning Diabetes Education Upside Down and Inside Out" accepted as a poster presentation at the Australian Diabetes Society and the Australian Diabetes Educators Association Annual Scientific Meeting 2015, 26th - 28th August 2015 in Adelaide.


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