WELCOME TO MELBOURNE'S LEADING EXERCISE AND DIABETES SERVICE
At Exercise for Rehabilitation and Health we are committed to providing world class services for you and work with Australia's leading authorities on Diabetes.
Our Industry Leading Approach to Care
Our approach is to partner with you and your wider diabetes team to develop and monitor an exercise program in a supportive and understanding manner. We work with you based on your needs as well as the most recent evidence to ensure that you are set up for success in managing your overall health and preventing diabetes related complications.
We empower, inspire and truly believe that Living with Diabetes is 'Living a Life without Limits'.
Our Melbourne diabetes team is headed by Nicole French, a leading authority on prescribed exercise for diabetes, and a speaker and expert contributor for Diabetes Victoria, the National Association of Diabetes Centres as well as the Primary Care Diabetes Society of Australia.
Let your journey be guided through lived experience and clinical expertise
Our approach to care encompasses clinical knowledge and expertise alongside of lived experience. Meet Louisa, an Accredited Exercise Physiologist who was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes at the age of 10.
Louisa and Nicole work collaboratively to ensure you are well cared for, understood and encouraged as you embark on your exercise journey.
We embrace the challenges that living with Diabetes brings and are here to support you every step of the way.
Over the last decade our work in this area has driven us to grow and develop a leading exercise and diabetes team committed to:
Treating every person living with Diabetes and their families with respect and have our treatment approach led by listening to the individuals affected by the condition.
Being inspired to be better clinicians and develop innovative programs to give back to those individuals that entrust their health care to us.
Continue to collaborate and exchange knowledge with organisations worldwide to be at the forefront of research and technology to share with our diabetes community.
Remain committed to giving back with the establishment of resources and attendance at conferences and expo's on a voluntary basis
Why Choose us?
We are uniquely positioned to help anyone living with or affected by Diabetes:
1. We understand key physiological markers for those living with diabetes and the importance of their impact, from HbA1c to Time in Range and understand new diabetes technologies and how they may play a key role in management.
2. We demonstrate a unique ability to motivate individuals living with diabetes, create meaningful change, create strategies and provide support for those living with diabetes.
3. We perceive the challenges associated with living with diabetes from a lived experience. We are able to understand the impact of diabetes not only as a clinicians, but also as a persons living with the condition.
How can Exercise help Diabetes?
Type 2 Diabetes
There is strong clinical evidence demonstrating that the right exercise prescription , that is physical activity being prescribed at the appropriate Frequency, Intensity, Time and Type, can help to best manage many health aspects associated with Diabetes:
Improving blood glucose levels
Improving body composition - the ratio of lean muscle mass and body fat
Reducing waist circumference
Managing blood pressure
It is well documented that managing these aspects of our health significantly reduces the risk of diabetes related complications and helps to set you up for success.
We appreciate that working with evidence is very important, what we equally acknowledge, is that living with a chronic condition is also challenging emotionally. It is for this reason that our approach is considerate of this.
Type 1 Diabetes
We understand that living with Type 1 is filled with challenges, particularly around exercise and the fears associated with having a 'hypo'. We work the best in the business as far as organisations and advocates go, to best understand all elements of this condition to ensure that we can help you best!
Our team is trained and ready to help you design and implement a safe and effective exercise plan to ensure you remain active and healthy! We can also help with advice if that's what you feel you need - our most common questions we get asked are:
'Can I exercise with Type 1 Diabetes'
'When should I exercise and what are the normal ranges for my blood sugars before, during and after exercise'
'When should I cease exercising', and
'How should I treat a hypo if this happens during exercise'