Where can I get more information and support?
My health care team
Make an appointment with your health care team to discuss insulin. This might include your doctor, a diabetes educator or a practice nurse. Only a doctor can prescribe insulin. A diabetes educator can provide additional training and support.
Attend a diabetes group education session
Your local state/territory diabetes organisation may run group education sessions for people with type 2 diabetes starting insulin therapy. Call the free national NDSS Helpline (1800 637 700) for information on education sessions available near you. Some diabetes clinics and hospitals also run group education sessions.
Talking with others about their experiences with diabetes can be useful and may help you to feel less concerned about starting insulin. You might like to join a diabetes peer support group to meet other people with type 2 diabetes who are taking insulin. Check out the NDSS fact sheet on Peer support for diabetes to learn more. Call the free national NDSS Helpline (1800 637 700) for information on peer support groups available in your state/territory.
Support from family and friends
You might find it helpful to talk with your family and friends, if you feel comfortable to do so. Sharing how you feel can help them understand how best to support you.
Call the NDSS Helpline 1800 637 700
Diabetes Australia offers a free national NDSS Helpline, through which people with diabetes and their carers can access diabetes information, education programs, peer support groups and events, and speak with a health professional.
Check out the NDSS website for more information about diabetes management.