Year 11 Camperdown Mercy Regional College student Joseph Kingston, 17, shows off the new insulin pump and iPad which have streamlined the testing and treatment of his Type-1 diabetes. Behind are nutrition and dietetics manager with South West Healthcare Susan Baudinette, left, his parents Jane and Paul Kingston, and diabetes nurse educator Maree Boyle.A NEW South West Healthcare (SWH) service is set to help Type 1 diabetes patients monitor their carbohydrate intake while on insulin pump therapy.
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The pre-admission clinic offers intensive education and advice on food types and carbohydrate counting with assistance from an iPad application, prior to patients starting the therapy, known as IPT.

Seventeen-year-old Joseph Kingston, who recently attended the second of three pre-admission sessions and will start therapy at the end of April, is the first to try the combination.

Like many other boys his age, Joseph enjoys cycling and playing football for his home town Camperdown and recently took part in a debutante ball with the rest of his year 11 class at Mercy Regional College.

Unlike them, however, Joseph’s everyday activities have been punctuated with multiple insulin injections and finger pricks since he was six years old to monitor the auto-immune disease.

Joseph said he was hoping IPT combined with the SWH program would improve his day-to-day life.

“I’d heard a lot of good things about it,” he said. “It will give me better everyday control.”

IPT involves wearing a small device underneath clothing that delivers a steady amount of insulin through a tube inserted just under the skin.

Joseph will go from injecting himself with the glucose-regulating substance four times per day, plus several finger pricks to obtain his blood sugar level, to one tube insertion every three days.

He said IPT would come as a welcome relief as he got further into his VCE studies.

“It affects you at school. You get pulled out of class to have needles,” he said.

“People walking past sometimes give you funny looks.

“Giving (myself) needles is a bit embarrassing sometimes.”

Joseph’s parents Paul and Jane were confident IPT would improve their son’s quality of life after meeting others who were already on it. It should minimise complications later on in life as well,” Mrs Kingston said.

“This will be more discreet.”

T1 patients considering SWH’s new program will have the support of nutrition and dietetics manager Susan Baudinette, senior diabetes educator Maree Boyle and the IPT team.

“It improves people’s choices about managing their diabetes, it gives them another alternative,” Mrs Boyle said.

“It can give a bit more freedom and flexibility.”

Ms Baudinette said the purpose of the pre-admission clinic was to help patients become more familiar with the ingredients in their meals and understand food labels.

“I teach healthy eating and carbohydrate counting starting with which foods contain carbohydrates,” she said.

“After the three sessions, they’re ready to have the pump put in place.”

The experts said carbohydrate counters were particularly helpful when patients were away from home, spending time at friends’ houses or eating out.

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