Success for diabetes injection forum

Last weekend, over 200 delegates including pharmacists gathered to discuss the significance of correct injection technique at a first-ever Australian and New Zealand forum

Australian and New Zealand credentialled diabetes educators, pharmacists, endocrinologists and GPs attended the one-day Forum for Injection Technique & Therapy Expert Recommendations (FITTER) event held in Western Sydney on Saturday 20 May.

Delegates were also able to access and engage in the forum online via webinar.

The event – which focused on the increasing need for effective collaboration among all healthcare specialties – was received well among pharmacists.

“I was honoured to share the day with such an inspiring group of primary and secondary diabetes health care professionals from across Australia and New Zealand,” says pharmacist Tara Whelan from Priceline Pharmacy Woden, ACT.

“The panel of speakers consisted of leaders in diabetes care who shared the latest international insulin delivery recommendations.

“The event was a fantastic opportunity for pharmacists to learn the new injection technique recommendations, to join our colleagues in communicating and educating our communities and to have the opportunity to significantly improve health outcomes.”

FITTER was funded by BD and supported by leading independent diabetes organisations including the Australian Diabetes Educators Association, National Association of Diabetes Centres, Western Sydney Diabetes, and Perth Diabetes Care.

ANZ FITTER speakers (pictured above) included:  

  • Professor Glen Maberly, Senior Staff Specialist Endocrinologist, Western Sydney Diabetes Initiative;

  • Dr Brandon Orr-Walker, President of the NZ Society for the Study of Diabetes (NZSSD), Clinical Head of Endocrinology and Diabetes, Middlemore Hospital

  • Dr Helen Snell, Nurse Practitioner, MidCentral District Health Board

  • Ms Michelle Robins, Nurse Practitioner and Credentialled Diabetes Educator, Northern Health

  • Professor Paul Hofman, Paediatric Endocrinologist, Starship Children’s Hospital

  • Ms Teresa Di Franco, Pharmacist and Credentialled Diabetes Educator, Perth Diabetes Care

  • Dr Kean-Seng Lim, GP Principal, Mt Druitt Medical Centre

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  1. Erol Egintalay

    Among the several home remedies that have proved beneficial in controlling diabetes, perhaps the most important is the use of bitter gourd. It has lately been established that bitter gourd contains a hypoglycemic or insulin-like principle, designated as ‘plant insulin’, which has been found valuable in lowering the blood and urine sugar levels. It should, be included liberally in the diet of the diabetic. For better results, the diabetic should take the juice of about four or five bitter gourds every morning on an empty stomach. The seeds can be added to food in a powdered form. Diabetics can also use bitter gourd in the form of a decoction by boiling the pieces in water or in the form of dry powder.

    Indian Gooseberry
    Indian gooseberry, with its high vitamin C content, is considered valuable in diabetes. A tablespoon of its juice, mixed with a cup of bitter gourd juice, taken daily for two months, will stimulate the islets of Langerhans, that is, the isolated group of cells that secrete the hormone insulin in the pancreas. This mixture reduces the blood sugar in diabetes.

    Jambul Fruit
    Jambul fruit is another effective home remedy. It is regarded in traditional medicine as a specific against diabetes because of its effect on the pancreas. The fruit as such, the seeds, and fruit juice are all useful in the treatment of this disease. The seeds contain a glucoside ‘jamboline’, which is believed to have the power to check the pathological conversion of starch into sugar in cases of increased production of glucose. The seeds should be dried and powdered. One teaspoon of this powder should be mixed in one cup of milk or water or half a cup of curd, and taken twice daily.

    The inner bark of the jambul tree is also used in the treatment of diabetes. The bark is dried and burnt. It will produce an ash of white color. This ash should be pest led in mortar, strained and bottled. The diabetic patient should be given ten grams of this ash on an empty stomach with water in the morning, and twenty grams in the afternoon, and in the evening an hour after taking meals. An equal quantity of amla powder, jamun powder, and bitter gourd powder also makes a very useful remedy for diabetes. A teaspoon of this mixture once or twice a day
    would be effective in checking the progress of the disease.

  2. Maxine

    Great forum. I was diagnosed with type 2 Diabetes and put on Metformin on June 26th, 2016. I started the ADA diet and followed it 100% for a few weeks and could not get my blood sugar to go below 140. Finally i began to panic and called my doctor, he told me to get used to it. He said I would be on metformin my whole life and eventually insulin. At that point i knew something wasn’t right and began to do a lot of research. Then I found Lisa’s diabetes story (google ” HOW I FREE MYSELF FROM THE DIABETES ” ) I read that article from end to end because everything the writer was saying made absolute sense. I started the diet that day and the next morning my blood sugar was down to 100 and now i have a fasting blood sugar between Mid 70’s and the 80’s. My doctor took me off the metformin after just three week of being on this lifestyle change. I have lost over 30 pounds and 6+ inches around my waist in a month. The truth is we can get off the drugs and help myself by trying natural methods

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