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Sonder works to improve access to diabetes care

Sonder works to improve access to diabetes care

In 2019, 463 million adults were living with diabetes, with this number expected to rise to 578 million by 2030

This Sunday 14 November marks the celebration of World Diabetes Day, a global awareness campaign led by the International Diabetes Federation.

The campaign aims to raise awareness around the importance of improving access to diabetes care and highlight the need for more action to prevent diabetes and its complications.

People with diabetes require ongoing care and support to manage their condition, avoid complications and live well. Fundamental components of diabetes care including having access to insulin, oral medicines, self-monitoring, education, psychological support, healthy food and a safe place to exercise.

At Sonder, we work to improve the lives of South Australians living with or at risk of chronic health conditions

We provide community health programs focused on supporting people to find new ways to prevent and manage chronic health conditions.

Elsie Patterson, Sonder’s Health Promotions Coordinator explains “Our Allied Health Solutions program is based in regional SA across the Yorke Peninsula, Mid North and Lower North. The program supports people living with (or at risk of developing) a chronic medical condition to access allied health services that will enable them to better manage their health.”

Working in consultation with the individual’s GP, the program’s Care Coordinator advocates for the individual’s health needs and supports them to access a network of allied health providers including physiotherapists, dietitians, diabetic educators, exercise physiologists and podiatrists, at no cost.

Our certified diabetes educators offer knowledge, support and motivation to empower individuals to manage their condition. They work with individuals to find practical solutions that fit personal needs and help to organise tests and screenings.

“We also offer nutrition and exercise group programs aimed at supporting individuals to create long-term, healthy lifestyle habits and keep preventable chronic conditions, such as type 2 diabetes, at bay.” Elsie adds.

Our PACE program is an 8-week long exercise and nutrition program for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, based in Adelaide’s northern, western and southern metropolitan regions.

We also support individual’s living in regional SA through our Healthy Habits program, which is focused on supporting individuals to understand the importance of maintaining a healthy, balanced diet and keeping active.

To learn more about Sonder’s community health services, visit sonder.net.au/community-health or call our friendly team on (08) 8209 0700 and find out how we can help you manage your chronic condition.

To find out more about World Diabetes Day and how you can get involved, visit worlddiabetesday.org