Diabetes Education

Personalised Diabetes Education for Lasting Health

Managing diabetes requires more than just medical intervention; it demands a comprehensive understanding of the condition and the tools to make informed decisions about one’s health. At The Astell, we believe that education on diabetes is the cornerstone of effective diabetes care.

Our diabetes educator, Rick Mateo, is here to provide you with the knowledge, skills, and support needed to navigate the complexities of diabetes. Being a clinical nurse himself, Rick is also passionate about offering diabetes education for nurses to help them guide patients better in their diabetes journey

We believe in a holistic approach to diabetes management. Our health education for diabetes services encompasses not only medical treatment, but also nutritional guidance, lifestyle modifications, and emotional support. We understand that managing diabetes is a multifaceted endeavour, and we are here to support you every step of the way.

Whether you are newly diagnosed or have been living with diabetes for years, Rick will work with you to tailor a plan that aligns with your goals, lifestyle and cultural background. Get in touch with our diabetes advisor to see how he can help you take control of your health and lead a fulfilling life.

Charting Your Course To A Healthier Future With Diabetes Education

Our diabetes consultant can help you with the following:

  • Individual consultations.
  • Navigate a new diagnosis.
  • Continuous monitoring.
  • Insulin and medication administration.
  • Nutritional counselling.
  • Supportive resources.
  • Personalised diabetes care plan. 

Meet Rick Mateo

Rick is a highly skilled Diabetes Instructor with years of expertise working in various hospitals, nursing homes, and GP clinics over the last 20 years. He is also our resident Clinical Nurse.

At the clinic, Rick moves seamlessly between patient education, child immunisation, complex care planning and health assessments. He speaks Tagalog fluently and is adept at personalising his dietary recommendations to suit a patient’s health needs, lifestyle and cultural background.

As a nurse himself, Rick provides guidance and diabetes nutrition education to nurses to help them handle and help their patients better. However, before becoming a diabetes nurse educator, Rick was an engineer and was an adopter of the “men too can be nurses” movement in the early 2000s before it became fashionable.

Rick is also the self-proclaimed handyperson for The Astell. It is not uncommon to see him fixing the door hinges or building our latest IKEA purchase through the window. When he is not donning his Bob the Builder hat, Rick is available for diabetes education consultations on Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays by appointment.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is diabetes education, and why is it important?

Diabetes education is a specialised form of healthcare designed to empower individuals with diabetes to manage their condition effectively. It encompasses a range of topics, including blood sugar monitoring, nutrition, exercise, medication management, and emotional well-being.

Diabetes patient education is crucial for making informed decisions about treatment, preventing complications, and leading a healthy life with diabetes.

Who can benefit from The Astell's diabetes education services?

Diabetes education is beneficial for individuals of all ages and stages of diabetes. Whether you have recently been diagnosed or have been living with diabetes for years, our services are tailored to meet your specific needs.

Our diabetes health educator, Rick Mateo, works with individuals, families, and caregivers to provide personalised education and support.


What can I expect during an individual consultation?

During an individual consultation, you will have the opportunity to discuss your specific concerns and goals with our diabetes coach.

Rick will provide personalised guidance on topics such as blood sugar management, medication adjustments, lifestyle modifications, and any questions you may have about your diabetes care plan.

Our diabetes health educator, Rick Mateo, works with individuals, families, and caregivers to provide personalised education and support.


How can nutritional counselling support my diabetes management?

Nutritional counselling plays a vital role in achieving and maintaining optimal blood sugar control. Our diabetes health coach specialises in creating balanced and tailored meal plans to help you manage your blood sugar levels. He works closely with you to develop a sustainable approach to nutrition that aligns with your lifestyle and preferences.

How much does The Astell's diabetes education service cost?
  • $85 for an initial consultation.
  • $80 for the following consultations.
  • Aged pensioners are bulk-billed.
Is there a Medicare rebate for The Astell's diabetes education service?

Yes. If you have an Enhanced Primary Care (EPC) plan from a GP, you are entitled to a Medicare rebate. Nevertheless, if you wish to discuss payment plans, you are welcome to get in touch with our friendly team for more information.

Why Choose Us

Swift Access To Care

We value your time and prioritise your health. Our streamlined processes and efficient scheduling system mean you will experience short wait times, so you can receive the care you need promptly and without delay.

Tailored Solutions

Our diabetes educator personalises our diabetes education sessions to meet your needs, lifestyle and cultural background, ensuring the most effective support.

Trusted, Compassionate Care

We believe in providing diabetes care with empathy and compassion. You are not just a patient to us, but a partner in your own health.

Holistic Approach

Beyond medical treatment, we emphasise the importance of holistic well-being, focusing on nutrition, exercise, stress management, and emotional support to promote a balanced and fulfilling life with diabetes.

Empowering Education & Resources

Our diabetes coach provides a wealth of resources, including informative articles, practical tips, and recommended reading materials, all curated by our team of experts.

Transparent Fee Structure

We offer transparent and competitive pricing for our diabetes care service. Your well-being is our priority, and we strive to make the process as seamless as possible.

Ready To Live Healthier Beyond Your Diagnosis?

Get in Touch


321 Napier Street, Strathmore VIC 3041



03 9113 0769


Get in Touch


321 Napier Street, Strathmore VIC 3041



03 9113 0769