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2020 eTalk #10 - Diabetes management for physiotherapists

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With approximately 1.8 million Australians living with diabetes, it is seems inevitable that most physios will one day treat patients with this disease, if not already.

In this eTalk, Wendy Ferris, Physiotherapist and Credentialed Diabetes Educator will discuss the basics of diabetes management for physiotherapists, including ways in which physiotherapists can further assist people with diabetes and make appropriate referrals.

Rachel Freeman, Dietitian CDE, Professional Services and Education Manager at the Australian Diabetes Educators Association (ADEA) will explain why a holistic, multidisciplinary care towards diabetes self-management and regular diabetes education and support is important.




Wendy Ferris is a Physiotherapist and a Credentialed Diabetes Educator. Wendy has over 30 years of Physiotherapy experience, with an interest in preventative health and Lifestyle management of Chronic disease.

She has been working exclusively in the diabetes area for 5 years, the last 3 as a Credentialed Diabetes Educator.

As a Diabetes Educator with Hunter New England Health, Wendy works with a wide variety of clients to provide evidence-based best practice diabetes education to better the lives of those directly or indirectly affected by diabetes.





Rachel Freeman is an Advanced Practising Dietitian and Credentialed Diabetes Educator. Rachel has over 15 years’ experience in diabetes education and management across public health services and private practice.

As Professional Services and Education Manager at ADEA, Rachel responds to all enquiries from members, health care professionals and the general public regarding professional matters.

Her role includes liaising with stakeholders on various projects and programs to continually support ADEA members and to improve the health care of people with diabetes.



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