NDSS Brochures and Booklets

Living with diabetes

Diabetes & Driving

It is a privilege to drive a motor vehicle and with it comes major personal and legal responsibilities and liabilities. Diabetes and Driving provides advice on the extra precautions needed to be taken to help maximise road safety.

Download: Diabetes and Driving

Diabetes & Eating Disorders

Diabetes and Eating Disorders is a booklet that has been developed for people with type 1 diabetes, their families and friends to explain the different types of eating disorders and why people with type 1 diabetes may have a higher risk of developing an eating disorder.

This resource provides details on where to find more information and where to get help and support across Australia.

Download: Diabetes and Eating Disorders

Travelling & Type 1 Diabetes

Planning ahead can help prevent many potential problems when travelling with diabetes.

This brochure includes a printable checklist to assist with your travel plans as well as an extra item checklist for people using an insulin pump.

Download: Travelling and Type 1 Diabetes

Alcohol & Type 1 Diabetes

Drinking alcohol can affect your blood glucose levels. For people with type 1 diabetes there may be some extra planning required that should be put into place before consuming alcohol.

People with diabetes can drink alcohol, but there is a higher risk of their diabetes becoming unstable when alcohol is added to the mix. It is important to know about the risks.

Download: Alcohol and Type 1 Diabetes

Drug Use & Type 1 Diabetes

This guide focuses on the use of recreational drugs by people with type 1 diabetes and the harmful effect of drugs on people with diabetes. Some of the effects can lead to dangerous or even fatal situations.

People with diabetes, who take drugs, face extra health risks. It is important to know about these risks in order to avoid dangerous situations.

Download: Drug Use and Type 1 Diabetes

Moving On Up — A Guide for Young Adults with Diabetes

The NDSS has designed this resource specifically for young people with type 1 diabetes and their parents or guardians about the transition from paediatric to adult health care services.

Moving On Up focuses on the challenges and opportunities that young people face as they become young adults; how they can live well with diabetes through this time and, importantly, the responsibilities they have for their own diabetes care and the support they can expect to receive.

Download: Moving On Up — Guide for Young Adults with Diabetes

Mastering Diabetes in Preschools & Schools

The NDSS has created a new resource, after receiving requests for material to help children with type 1 diabetes at preschool and schools. This booklet, called Mastering Diabetes, was created with the help of families, teachers and paediatric endocrinology teams.

It has been designed to help teachers and families support children with type 1 diabetes at school and preschool, helping children to learn, grow and have fun.

Inside you will find information about looking after young people with type 1 diabetes in preschool and school, building strong communications between families and schools, and the responsibilities of teachers and other school staff.

Download: Mastering Diabetes in Preschools and Schools

My Diabetes Emergency Management

For those living with diabetes and other chronic conditions, there can be serious impacts on the ability to manage appropriate self-care in the event of a natural disaster. Careful planning and preparation can help individuals to manage the risks of the sudden impact of a disaster in regards to the management of their diabetes.

Download: My Diabetes Emergency Plan

Diabetes & Pregnancy

Having a Healthy Baby – A guide to planning and managing pregnancy for women with type 1 diabetes

A guide to planning and managing pregnancy for women with type 1 diabetes. This booklet is for women with type 1 diabetes who are planning a pregnancy now or in the future.

It provides information on preparing for pregnancy, how to manage diabetes during pregnancy and once the baby is born.

Download: Having a Healthy Baby – A guide to planning and managing pregnancy for women with type 1 diabetes

Having a Healthy Baby – A guide to planning and managing pregnancy for women with type 2 diabetes

This booklet is for women with type 2 diabetes who are planning a pregnancy now or in the future.

It provides information on planning and preparing for pregnancy, managing type 2 diabetes during pregnancy, birth and beyond.

Download: Having a Healthy Baby – A guide to planning and managing pregnancy for women with type 2 diabetes

Gestational Diabetes – Caring for yourself and your baby

The NDSS has developed a booklet for women with gestational diabetes. The booklet provides comprehensive information about gestational diabetes, it's management and where to get assistance when it is required.

This booklet will be sent to every woman diagnosed with gestational diabetes when registering with the NDSS.

Download: Gestational Diabetes - Caring for yourself and your baby

Life After Gestational Diabetes

This booklet is designed to assist women who have had gestational diabetes, and their families to understand how to take steps to reduce their risk of developing type 2 diabetes.

Download: Life After Gestational Diabetes

Healthy Eating for Older People

This booklet provides information about healthy eating and food choices for older people living with diabetes. As we get older, staying nourished and maintaining healthy eating habits can be challenging.

Our lifestyles and appetites can change and chronic conditions such as diabetes can take up our time and energy, and affect our food choices.

Download: Healthy Eating for Older People Guide

You & Your Health Care Team

This booklet provides information to help you work with your health care team and live well with diabetes. It is not always easy to find your way around the health system. You need to work out who can help you with health issues and maintaining your wellbeing. Also, as you get older you may have more health issues to deal with, which can add extra challenges.

This booklet is designed to help you understand the health system and make it easier for you to manage your diabetes.

Download: You and Your Health Care Team

Managing Diabetes As You Age

Diabetes care is generally the same no matter how old you are. However, there are some specific changes that happen with age and these might affect your diabetes. You may have had diabetes for a long time, and in your later years you may have other health issues.

This booklet gives you information to help you manage your diabetes as you grow older.

Download: Managing Diabetes As You Age

Resources for Health Professionals Working with Older People

As part of the National Diabetes Services Scheme (NDSS) Older People with Diabetes National Development Program, a series of resources have been developed to support people working within residential aged care facilities (RACFs). Around one quarter of all people living in RACFs have diabetes.

Diabetes Management in Aged Care: A Practical Handbook

Diabetes Management in Aged Care (DMAC) has been designed to provide an accessible and practical guide to diabetes management for staff working in residential aged care facilities (RACFs). This guide has been written for all care staff, from carers to registered nurses. Its aim is to help care staff understand the basics of diabetes management without overwhelming them with complex information about advanced clinical care.

Download: Diabetes Management in Aged Care: A Practical Handbook

Diabetes Management in Aged Care: Fast Facts for Care Workers

This resource contains information about diabetes in older people and how to manage diabetes in a residential care setting. The Fast facts have been written for care staff. The information in this resource has been drawn from the ‘Fast facts’ sections at the start of each chapter in Diabetes Management in Aged Care: A Practical Handbook. For more information on any of the Fast facts topics, see the Handbook.

Download: Diabetes Management in Aged Care: Fast Facts for Care Workers

Audit Checklist: Management of Residents Who Have Diabetes

An audit checklist for management of residents with diabetes has been developed with the aim of assisting residential aged care facilities (RACFs) to reach accreditation standards in regards to their residents living with diabetes.

The audit checklist has been developed with input from RACFs, the Older People with Diabetes National Development Program Expert Reference Group and the Australian Diabetes Educators Association.

The audit checklist can be completed electronically or printed and completed. All evidence should be documented in the checklist and also on the resident's file.

Download: Audit Checklist: Management of Residents Who Have Diabetes

Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander People – Posters and flyers

New posters and flyer have been created to promote the NDSS to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.

Download: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Resources

To request a hard copy of these posters and flyers please call Diabetes SA direct on 1300 198 204 or email ndss@diabetessa.com.au.

The National Diabetes Services Scheme (NDSS) is an initiative of the Australian Government administered with the assistance of Diabetes Australia.

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