McGuinty Government Provides Access To Diabetes Programs And Services For Guelph Area Residents

    Guelph Family Health Team, Guelph Community Health Centre And North
    Wellington To Provide Diabetes Education

    GUELPH, ON, June 19 /CNW/ - The McGuinty government is ensuring that
diabetes patients in the Guelph area will continue to access much-needed care
by introducing diabetes education programs through local community providers,
Health and Long-Term Care Minister George Smitherman announced today.
    "We are building on our commitment to improve access to diabetes care for
Guelph area residents by promoting comprehensive, community-based care," said
Smitherman. "The diabetes teams at the new sites will keep these important
services in the community so we can continue to meet the needs of patients by
delivering effective education and management programs as close to home as
    Three diabetes teams will be funded to serve the city of Guelph and in
North Wellington County, one diabetes team will maintain and enhance existing
diabetes services. A consultant has been hired to work with key stakeholders
in the county to develop a detailed implementation plan to meet the needs of
    The government is offering $789,194 in annual funding as follows:

    -   Guelph Community Health Centre - one diabetes education team -
    -   Guelph Family Health Teams - two diabetes education teams - $379,395
    -   North Wellington County - one diabetes education team - $219,476

    "I am really pleased that Guelph-area residents will continue to receive
diabetes education programs that deliver real results," said Liz Sandals, MPP
for Guelph-Wellington. "It is great news that the Family Health Team will
become the home for two of our diabetes support teams, thereby expanding
access to comprehensive community care."
    "We are thankful the government is placing high importance on diabetes
education and treatment," said Kerry Bruder, Regional Director, Central South
and Central West Ontario of the Canadian Diabetes Association. "People with
diabetes will continue to have access to quality health care services."
    Guelph General Hospital will continue its out-patient diabetes program
for the next few months until the new diabetes model is operational.
    A diabetes team consists of one registered nurse and one registered
dietitian per team. The teams provide programs and services that focus on
diabetes education, early intervention and effective prevention of
diabetes-related complications.
    Diabetes education and care is organized around self-management. The
education is important in enhancing self-care and knowledge to prevent
diabetes-related complications.
    Diabetes is a serious chronic condition resulting from the body's
inability to sufficiently produce and/or properly use insulin. Insulin, a
hormone secreted from the beta cells in the pancreas, helps convert glucose
into energy. Without insulin, glucose cannot be absorbed from the bloodstream
into the cells of the body. High levels of blood glucose from diabetes can
lead to long-term damage, dysfunction and failure of various organs. Diabetes
can be self-managed through a balance of lifestyle and medication.
    The Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care currently funds the Northern
Diabetes Health Network, the Southern Ontario Aboriginal Diabetes Initiative,
the Diabetes Complications Prevention Strategy, the Paediatric Diabetes
Initiative and numerous diabetes education programs funded through global
budgets of hospitals across Ontario. In 2007/08 the ministry will provide
$55.6 million in total funding for diabetes programs.
    Today's initiative is part of the McGuinty government's plan for
innovation in public health care, building a system that delivers on three
priorities - keeping Ontarians healthy, reducing wait times and providing
better access to doctors and nurses.

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For further information: Media Contacts: David Spencer, Minister's
Office, (416) 327-4320; David Jensen, Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care,
(416) 314-6197; Members of the general public: 1-866-532-3161

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