The Islamic month of Ramadan is expected to take place between Monday 11 March to Tuesday 9 April in 2024. During this time many Muslim people stop eating, drinking and taking medication from sunrise to sunset.
Diabetes Ramadan Preparation Clinic now available
The Logan Hospital LEADS (Logan Endocrine and Diabetes Services) department is piloting a Diabetes Ramadan Preparation Clinic in the lead up to Ramadan, to help patients prepare to fast safely.
Although some people with diabetes will choose not to fast, those who choose to fast may be at risk of unstable glycaemic control and hypoglycaemia. If your patient has diabetes (Type 1 or Type 2) and would like advice on how to prepare for Ramadan, they are eligible for the clinic.
How to refer a patient
Send your Diabetes mellitus referral to the Metro South Health Central Referral hub, ensuring to identify that your patient is participating in Ramadan.
Further information for GPs
- Helpful information for GPs on managing diabetic patients during Ramadan is available in this RACGP guide: Diabetic management during Ramadan.
- Brisbane South HealthPathways provides up-to-date referral pathways and clinical guidelines for the management of diabetes.
More diabetes resources for your practice
- Support your practice increase influenza vaccination rates for patients with diabetes and increase the rate of blood pressure recordings for patients with diabetes.
- My health for life is a chronic disease prevention initiative with free, qualified Health Coaches available to work with your patients.
Read more about the Diabetes Preparation Ramadan Clinics in this ABC News story
Queensland-first clinic at Logan helping Muslims with diabetes to safely fast for Ramadan https://www.abc.net.au/news/2024-02-20/qld-logan-clinic-helps-muslims-with-diabetes-to-fast-ramadan/103487554