The St Vincent’s Hospital Diabetes Centre provides a variety of ambulatory services, based on a team approach, for the person with diabetes. It is a public specialist health service located within the Garvan Institute of Medical Research. The Centre is staffed by Diabetes Specialists, a Diabetes Registrar, Diabetes Nurse Educators and Diabetes Dietitians. The Centre accesses the services of St Vincent's Hospital Podiatrists, Ophthalmologists, Pharmacists and Psychologists.
Onsite services include:
- Individual appointments with diabetes specialists, diabetes educators and dietitians
- Ambulatory insulin dose adjustment clinic
- Continuous glucose monitoring service
- Specialist type 1 clinic including insulin pump service
A valid Referral is required (please see under ‘Referral to a Diabetes Specialist’ or ‘Referral to a Diabetes Educator or Dietitian)
For enquiries phone: (02) 8382 2622
Retinal screening with a non-mydriatic retinal camera is available at
the Diabetes Centre (for existing patients), located in the Garvan
Institute of Medical Research. All photographs are reviewed in
conjunction with an Ophthalmology registrar and patients are referred to
the Ophthalmology clinic directly where required. Please note this
service is unable to check eye pressures and therefore screen for
Ambulatory Care Clinics
The Diabetes Clinics are staffed by Senior Endocrinologists and Advanced Trainee Endocrine Registrars and supported by Diabetes Educators, Dietitians and a Pharmacist. These clinics are located at St Vincent’s Public Hospital General Ambulatory Care Department, located within the main hospital:
- Diabetes Assessment Clinic - Tuesday afternoon
- Complex Diabetes Clinic – Wednesday morning
A valid Referral is required (please see under ‘Referral to a Diabetes Specialist’)
For enquiries Phone: (02) 8382 2622
Inpatient Diabetes Service
An Advanced Trainee Registrar supervised by an Endocrinologist provides diabetes inpatient management and consultation in the emergency department and all ward areas within the hospital.
A Diabetes Clinical Nurse Consultant provides and coordinates patient education and follow-up care as well as staff education.
High Risk Foot Service
St Vincent’s Hospital offers a multidisciplinary “one stop shop” for people with complicated foot conditions related to diabetes. Patients see a podiatrist, wound nurse, endocrinologist, orthopaedic surgeon, orthotist, physiotherapist, diabetes educator, infectious diseases specialist or vascular surgeon, as required. This allows patients to reduce the number of visits to the hospital, and also improves coordination of their care between the different sub-specialty teams.
A valid Referral is required (please see under ‘How to refer to a Diabetes Specialist’)
For enquiries phone: (02) 8382 2622
Diabetes and Oncology – at Kinghorn Cancer Centre
Patients with cancer often develop diabetes from steroids and other treatments. The Endocrine Service has placed a registrar in the Oncology clinic to manage patients with previously undetected or steroid-related diabetes or diabetes from specific immune therapies.
Diabetes and Transplant – at Heart and Lung Clinic
Patients who undergo lung and heart transplantation are at risk of developing diabetes related to treatments they receive following their transplant (especially steroids). Furthermore, certain conditions that necessitate transplantation, such as cystic fibrosis, carry a higher risk of diabetes due to a reduction in secretion of insulin from the pancreas. One of our registrars is embedded in the Heart and Lung Service to screen and treat pre-diabetes and diabetes in transplant patients.
Diabetes and Homeless Health - at Matthew Talbot Hostel
St Vincent’s Hospital is located in a unique area where extreme poverty, mental illness, drug and alcohol problems and homelessness exist. Whilst individuals living under such circumstances are at high risk of developing diabetes, they may not access optimum care. The Diabetes Service at St Vincent’s Hospital has introduced a model of care where our Diabetes Specialist Team, including a staff endocrinologist and a diabetes educator, join the local Primary Care Team (a General Practitioner and Mental Health Nurse Specialist) in shared consultations with patients. Shared care management plans are developed, and education is provided to the primary care team and patients.
Group Programs - for people with type 1 diabetes
The St Vincent’s Diabetes Service runs group programs throughout the year for those with type 1 diabetes. If you are interested in attending one of the workshops below or would like to find out more, please contact the service on 8382 2622.
DAFNE (Dose Adjustment for Normal Eating)
DAFNE is a five-day outpatient group education program that equips participants with strategies to self-manage their insulin doses based on the amount of carbohydrate they eat. During the course, participants learn how to:
- Count carbohydrates and calculate quick acting insulin doses according to carbohydrate intake
- Correct ‘out of target’ blood glucose levels
- Adjust long acting insulin to approximate basal insulin requirements
- Evaluate their blood glucose patterns and adjust both quick acting and long acting insulin to attain blood glucose levels in the target range.
To learn more about the DAFNE program go to the website www.dafne.org.au
Carbohydrate Counting Workshop
The Carbohydrate Counting Workshop is a one day education course for people with type 1 diabetes. It aims to improve participant’s accuracy of insulin dosing and diabetes self-management. The workshop provides information and practices hands on skills to update and refresh carbohydrate counting practices.
Group Programs - for people with type 2 diabetes
For group education opportunities for people with type 2 diabetes or people at risk of type 2 diabetes, please visit Diabetes NSW & ACT - phone 1300 136 588 and /or Central and Eastern Sydney Primary Health Network - phone 1300 986 991.