GP Education Development @ Blackdog Institute
Dr Vered Gordon has been working in general practice in the Northern Beaches of Sydney for over 25 years. In recent years she has focused specifically on the areas of mental health and counselling which now comprise the greater part of her practice. Dr Gordon has undergone further training in psychological medicine including a Diploma of Shared Care in Psychiatry with the NSW Institute of Psychiatry and a Graduate Diploma in Systemic Relationship Therapy. She is also a fellow of the Australian Society of Psychological Medicine. Dr Gordon is currently General Practice Education Program Developer for the Black Dog Institute and facilitates education in mood disorders for mental health professionals in both urban and rural settings throughout Australia.
Synopsis Diabetes distress is common in people living with diabetes. The 2011 Australian Diabetes Miles Study found 28% of adults with type 1 diabetes experienced severe distress, with 22% of people with type 2 insulin-treated and 17% of type 2 non-insulin-treated diabetes similarly affected.
Unrecognised diabetes distress is linked to a range of adverse outcomes for people living with diabetes in terms of both their physical and emotional health. Health professionals providing diabetes care can positively impact health outcomes by regularly assessing emotional well-being and actively addressing diabetes distress within their practices.