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Helping you to help your patients

Green Jelly Bean Diabetes offers a comprehensive Type 2 diabetes education and management service. Our mission is to support clients in achieving optimal metabolic health which includes remission over type 2 diabetes and a reduced reliance on medicines.

Green Jelly Bean Diabetes operates within a multidisciplinary team consisting of a Credentialled Diabetes Educator, Accredited Pharmacist, Accredited Practising Dietitian and a Certified Fitness Trainer.

Working collaboratively with clients and their General Practitioners, Green Jelly Bean Diabetes provides personalised diabetes education with the focus on optimising nutritional therapy, physical activity and medicines for optimal metabolic health. We are committed to supporting our clients by empowering them with the tools and knowledge to confidently and successfully manage type 2 diabetes and live well at every stage in life.

Helping you to help your patients

Green Jelly Bean Diabetes offers a comprehensive Type 2 diabetes education and management service. Our mission is to support clients in achieving optimal metabolic health which includes remission over type 2 diabetes and a reduced reliance on medicines.

Green Jelly Bean Diabetes operates within a multidisciplinary team consisting of a Credentialled Diabetes Educator, Accredited Pharmacist, Accredited Practising Dietitian and a Certified Fitness Trainer.

Working collaboratively with clients and their General Practitioners, Green Jelly Bean Diabetes provides personalised diabetes education with the focus on optimising nutritional therapy, physical activity and medicines for optimal metabolic health. We are committed to supporting our clients by empowering them with the tools and knowledge to confidently and successfully manage type 2 diabetes and live well at every stage in life.

OUR SERVICES

Ongoing follow-up & support Clients of Green Jelly Bean Diabetes requiring insulin receive ongoing care and follow-up via phone, email or face-to-face with no out-of-pocket expenses via a GP referral to the Helping Hands patient support program (Novo Nordisk) or the Lilly Diabetes Support Service (Lilly Diabetes). Conditions apply.
After-hours & mobile service availability Can’t make it to the clinic? No problem - we can come to you. We know life gets busy, which is why Green Jelly Bean Diabetes offers telehealth consultations and has flexible appointment times.
Personalised action list & GP reports Like you, diabetes care and management are unique. Green Jelly Bean Diabetes works closely with you and your GP to provide education, advice and individualised recommendations for optimal diabetes management.
Bulk billing Good health doesn’t need to be expensive. We make diabetes care affordable by bulk billing all clients who have a valid GP referral. Affordable private billing is also available for those unable to access a GP referral or for those seeking immediate diabetes education and support.
Self-management support tools At Green Jelly Bean Diabetes, we empower you to reach your individual goals through a tailored diabetes action plan. Find out more about goal setting, tools and factsheets to support diabetes self-management with Green Jelly Bean Diabetes.
Accredited consultant pharmacist In addition to being a Credentialled Diabetes Educator, Chris Messina is also an Accredited Consultant Pharmacist qualified for undertaking Medication Management Reviews, including Home Medicines Reviews. This advanced qualification allows him to work collaboratively with General Practitioners to exchange information regarding optimum medication use to achieve better health outcomes. Clients can access a Home Medicines Review via a referral from their General Practitioner. This service is fully subsidised by the Australian Government.
Dietetic Services When it comes to managing or achieving diabetes remission, diet is the single most important factor. It has been said that diet is the cause and cure for type 2 diabetes. At Green Jelly Bean Diabetes we take the confusion away by giving you practical and evidence based advice on what actually works when it comes to diabetes and diet.
Point-of-care technology Using the latest point-of-care technology, we are able to accurately and immediately test and monitor your HbA1c, lipid profile, ambulatory glucose profile and blood pressure. These parameters are essential in evaluating your risk for developing complications of diabetes as well as being key components to your diabetes annual cycle of care. Personal Training It’s often said that you can’t exercise your way out of a poor diet but what is equally true is that you can’t out-diet a lack of exercise. Your muscles are your health and this is particularly true when it comes to managing or reversing type 2 diabetes. If you don’t already have a resistance-based exercise program be sure to request an appointment with our qualified personal trainer to get your personalised program.
Connected glucose monitoring devices Green Jelly Bean Diabetes utilises the latest technology for capturing detailed data on glucose profiles and trends. This revolutionary technology not only provides invaluable data for making treatment decisions, it directly empowers the user to take control through real time feedback and knowledge of glucose levels and patterns. This technology is particularly beneficial for those commencing insulin or those already using insulin but requiring optimisation.
Credentialled Diabetes Educator Our Credentialled Diabetes Educator provides specialised diabetes self-management education with a focus on supporting and empowering clients to effectively self-manage their diabetes for the purpose of living well and avoiding unnecessary complications.

WHAT WE OFFER


RESOURCES

Nirmala Arachchige
Accredited Practising Dietitian
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Nirmala Arachchige is an Accredited Practising Dietitian based in Cairns. She practices and believes “Health is the greatest profit” and “Happiness is the greatest wealth”. She is passionate in helping people to achieve their health and lifestyle goals to live a happy healthy life with a keen interest in type 2 diabetes and weight management. Nirmala is able to support clients with an evidenced based approach for low carbohydrate and/or time restricted eating for optimising metabolic health.

Nirmala holds a Bachelor Degree in Food Science and Nutrition (Specialised in Applied Nutrition). She has also completed a Post Graduate Diploma in Human Nutrition and a Masters Degree in Nutrition and Dietetics from the University of Canberra.

Nirmala has worked as a clinical dietitian in a leading private hospital and as a project officer in Sri Lanka. After completion of her Masters degree she has been working as a private Practising Dietitian in regional Queensland. She also contributes as a dietitian in SBS Sinhala radio programs on a range of nutrition related topics.

She is fluent in both English and Sinhala languages.

Nirmala also enjoys photography, gardening and art and crafts.

Malinda Armodie
Reception & Administration

Malinda started with Green Jelly Bean Diabetes when operating out of Chris’s home office and has been pivotal to its growth ever since. Malinda is the friendly face and voice of Green Jelly Bean Diabetes and is responsible for scheduling client appointments along with other key administrative duties. Being a Cairns local, born and bred, Malinda is involved in number of Cairns community groups including, Rugby Union, Martial Arts, a Cairns LGBT+ friendly community group, and recently Deaf Services in Cairns.
Malinda is available at our clinic to contact and schedule appointments on Tuesday's 9:00am - 4:30pm, Wednesday's 9:00am - 2:30pm and Friday's 9:00am - 2:30pm

Krista Tieppo
Qualified Personal & Group Fitness Trainer

Krista has always been a passionate advocate for being active and healthy. She holds a Bachelor Sport and Exercise Science and a Certificate in Athlete Support. She is a personal trainer as well as a bronze licenced swim teacher and coach. Krista loves to see people achieve their goals and have a win at life no matter how big or small.