CheckUp makes the diabetes connection

Hannah Rosser, 16, has had to learn how to manage her condition since she was diagnosed age 11.
Hannah Rosser, 16, has had to learn how to manage her condition since she was diagnosed age 11. Robyne Cuerel

FOR Maryborough mum Claire Rosser, not even years of nursing experience could truly prepare her for the challenge of helping her young daughter Hannah deal with a Type 1 Diabetes diagnosis.

A trip to the doctor and a few tests left her with an overwhelming amount of information to digest and a little girl who at just 11 would soon have to learn how to inject herself and stay on top of her blood sugar levels.

Luckily for Ms Rosser, her background in nursing and the knowledge of a friend who was a skilled diabetes educator helped her guide Hannah through but she feels for the families who don't have the same support.

Diabetes Australia has recently been working with health organisation CheckUp to develop an online e-learning program to give doctors in regional areas the tools they need to give as much information as possible to people with diabetes.

Launched by Health Minister Lawrence Springborg at Maryborough Hospital yesterday as part of National Diabetes Week, Diabetes Connect draws on the best recourses available to help keep people out of hospital and prevent life-threatening complications.

With diabetes rates skyrocketing across the state, the program also educates people on how to avoid Type 2, which unlike Type 1 can be brought on by lifestyle.

Ms Rosser said it was important for people to understand the difference.

"Hannah had no choice..." Ms Rosser said.

"People need to know that for many, there is still the chance to make the change."

Topics:  diabetes health

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