Hi olderthanifeel…. Glad to hear that you had a ‘successful’ pregnancy and your bub is healthy! I am currently involved in the exercise management of two ladies (one late 30's, the other early 40's) who had gestational diabetes during each of their pregnancies (both had two pregnancies, with gestational diabetes on each occasion). Both of these ladies now have been diagnosed with type II diabetes. One lady is firing along (has been involved with me for 12+ months) and the other is making slow but forward progress (has just begun exercise and has motivational barriers).
Where people have a chronic medical condition - this includes diabetes - a GP can refer their patient to allied health disciplines - physiotherapy, chiropractic, osteopathy, exercise physiology, podiatry, dietitian, etc - through a Federal Government Medicare Program Enhanced Primary Care (EPC). Each calendar year, each person who meets the criteria for an EPC plan is eligible for 5 only services per year. Where people have type II diabetes, they are eligible for ADDITIONAL Medicare services beyond the EPC. THIS IS THE PART MOST GP's DONT KNOW EXISTS. Through a group referral, people with type II diabetes can access a further x1 one-to-one assessment and x8 group sessions with either a diabetes educator, accredited practicing dietitian or accredited exercise physiologist. Depending on what clinics/ services you have a available in your town, how and what these services will provide you with will vary. Due to my professional skills - physiotherapist and accredited exercise physiologist - we run these group sessions as an exercise class.
My suggestion to you is to search for an accredited exercise physiologist in your town and ask them about Medicare services. If your local accredited exercise physiologist is not aware of these services, feel free to pass on my details and I can forward them - and you for that matter - the extra paperwork. Hope this helps…!
I am happy to discuss further as you need.
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