Com­mu­nity can ac­cess help for their di­a­betes

Central and North Burnett Times - - YOUR SAY -

REG­U­LAR one-on-one IWC Di­a­betes Ed­u­ca­tion and Di­etet­ics ses­sions, in­clud­ing home vis­its, are be­ing de­liv­ered on the ground in North Bur­nett through­out 2019.

“IWC is com­mit­ted to build­ing health and well­be­ing in the North Bur­nett com­mu­nity, and of­fer­ing in­di­vid­ual ses­sions by ac­cred­ited prac­tis­ing di­eti­tian Natalie Selever and di­a­betes ed­u­ca­tor Kym Con­nolly are part of this,” IWC North Bur­nett man­ager Jenni Too­good said.

“Natalie is avail­able ev­ery two months and Kym, who is the new face of IWC Di­a­betes Ed­u­ca­tion, will be here monthly.”

IWC is non-govern­ment, Abo­rig­i­nal com­mu­nity-run and char­i­ta­ble. It of­fers a range of health and well­be­ing ser­vices to both in­dige­nous and non-in­dige­nous peo­ple in the com­mu­nity.

Born and raised in a ru­ral area of Alice Springs, Kym is de­lighted to join the IWC North Bur­nett team reg­u­larly at their Gayn­dah clinic.

“I am in­ter­ested in any­thing re­lat­ing to di­a­betes, but my great­est fo­cus is on un­der­stand­ing why the body stores rather than burns fat so my spe­cial­ity is type 2 di­a­betes, obe­sity and in­sulin re­sis­tance,” she said.

“I look for­ward to a year in which I can forge strong re­la­tion­ships with IWC clients to help them ad­dress their di­a­betes. I am open to ques­tions, and here to of­fer so­lu­tions based on in­di­vid­ual needs.”

The IWC North Bur­nett team in­cludes In­dige­nous Health Prac­ti­tion­ers who are work­ing with both Kym and Natalie.

“IWC pro­vides a holis­tic model of whole-of-per­son care, and the de­liv­ery of on-the-ground one-on-one Di­etet­ics and Di­a­betes Ed­u­ca­tion ser­vices is a valu­able ad­di­tion to our com­mu­ni­ties,” Jenni said.

“Ev­ery­one is wel­come – IWC is here for both in­dige­nous and non-in­dige­nous peo­ple, with­out dis­crim­i­na­tion.”

“Natalie and Kym are both hold­ing reg­u­lar clin­ics based in Gayn­dah, which in­clude home vis­its as re­quired. IWC will, of course, pro­vide trans­port to the clin­ics from right across the North Bur­nett, to sup­port peo­ple in our com­mu­nity in ac­cess­ing this new ser­vice.”

Natalie has worked in a range of clin­i­cal ar­eas of di­etet­ics, in­clud­ing re­nal nu­tri­tion, di­a­betes, weight man­age­ment, gas­troin­testi­nal is­sues, mal­nu­tri­tion and gen­eral healthy eat­ing. She is com­mit­ted to early in­ter­ven­tion and preven­tion, as well as treat­ing ex­ist­ing con­di­tions.

“I am ex­pe­ri­enced in help­ing peo­ple around man­age­ment and preven­tion of a range of nu­tri­tion re­lated con­di­tions, in par­tic­u­lar di­a­betes, di­ver­tic­u­lo­sis and high choles­terol. I can as­sist peo­ple who are con­sid­er­ing weight loss surgery, in both the pre- and post-bariatric stages,” Natalie said.

For de­tails call North Bur­nett as­sis­tant man­ager Cyn­thia Ge­orge on 4161 4800, or go to IWC Face­book page.

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