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DVA-funded diabetes memberships available to your DVA patients

Diabetes blood glucose monitor and sugar bowlThursday, 9 August 2018 — Your veteran patients with diabetes can now access DVA-funded memberships to the Diabetes Association in their state or territory.

As of 1 July 2018, DVA will pay the membership for DVA Gold and White Cardholders to help them better manage their diabetes.

DVA has collaborated with the state-based Diabetes Associations to tailor a membership package specifically to benefit DVA clients. The aim is to assist DVA clients improve their overall health and well-being through education and tools for self-managing their diabetes effectively.

Membership to a state or territory Diabetes Association will provide access to all of the following:

  • the Association’s member magazine
  • the Association’s website
  • a veteran-specific online portal which is currently in development
  • workshops and expos where people living with diabetes can meet others in a supportive community
  • peer-support and education programs
  • a veteran-specific booklet which is currently in development.

Diabetes was identified as a national health priority area by the Australian Health Ministers Advisory Council in September 2017.  Poorly managed diabetes can lead to the development of complications such as heart attack, stroke, hearing and vision loss, amputation as well as diabetes distress, stress and depression.

Studies have shown education and self-management of diabetes can reduce the number of hospitalisations for diabetes and diabetes related conditions.

Eligible DVA clients can contact the Diabetes Association in their state or territory to arrange membership.  The Diabetes Association will obtain payment for the membership from DVA, at no cost to eligible DVA clients.

Further information

Diabetes Australia state and territories' contact details.

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