Live better with diabetes

 

Testing blood sugar levels

Every day someone in the DVA community is diagnosed with diabetes and many others within our community remain undiagnosed.

11 May 2020

Diabetes is one of the biggest challenges confronting the Australian health system today. Living with diabetes can be challenging and health complications can be stressful, not only for you but also family, friends and carers.

DVA will fund memberships of diabetes organisations across Australia for eligible DVA card holders living with diabetes. This will help those who are diagnosed with diabetes to live full and active lives, free from health complications.

A diabetes membership gives DVA service recipients access to local support, education and all the membership benefits of their state or territory diabetes organisation. In addition, a DVA booklet has helpful information about living with diabetes, how to get regular medical supplies and reminders about the range of services DVA provides to support recipients’ understanding and ability to self-manage their diabetes.

Local support provides veterans, their families and carers the opportunity to take advantage of their diabetes organisation’s support groups, expos and education sessions on offer.

So, if you are a DVA card holder living with diabetes we encourage you to contact DVA on 1800 555 254 or your state or territory diabetes organisation to discuss your eligibility for this initiative. Just be sure to tell them you are a DVA Gold or White Card holder. For more information go to dva.gov.au/diabetes

As a person living with diabetes you may have a need for equipment to help you monitor and manage your overall health. These may range from glucose monitoring equipment, exercise bikes to mobility equipment to help you remain independent and active whilst managing your diabetes and preventing health complications.

Have a chat with your GP or healthcare professional and they can determine if you have a clinical need for a product or service. For more information go to the DVA website  or call DVA on 1800 555 254.