Consultant, Nurse Practitioner Candidate and Credentialled Diabetes Educator
Guided by the belief that every person needs individualised care, Rachael Baker is making a real difference to the lives of people living with diabetes in Queensland. Rachael consults at the Gold Coast and Brisbane, but caters for patients in regional and rural areas via Telehealth.
Volunteering her time at the Gold Coast University Hospital’s ‘Camp Diabetes,’ Rachael is excited by real-time education and empowerment for children and adolescents with type 1 diabetes. Rachael is a wonderful addition to the team at Macintyre Health and will be leading our Paediatric Diabetes Service.
Supporting Macintyre Health’s paediatric and adult patients with everything from insulin pumps and continuous glucose monitoring to education and ongoing care, Rachael is very passionate about staying up-to-date with the latest diabetes technologies and management strategies.
With type 1 diabetes herself, Rachael knows well what it’s like to live with the condition, and she brings empathy and understanding to her role. She takes a highly personalised approach, adapting programs to suit people at particular points in their lives. She strongly believes in becoming the patients trusted partner – tailoring a holistic diabetes management plan that works for the patient and optimises their clinical outcomes.
Rachael holds a Bachelor of Nursing from the University of Queensland, as well as a postgraduate certification in Diabetes Education and Management from Deakin University. Engaged in the field of Research, Rachael has worked as a Diabetes Clinical Trial Coordinator working on innovative diabetes prevention and management treatments. Prior to working in the diabetes field, she was a Registered Nurse at the Queensland Children’s Hospital, most recently in the Emergency Department. She is also an active member of the Australian Diabetes Educators Association, leading the Queensland network for the Private Practice Special Interest Group.
“As a Diabetes Educator, I love having the opportunity to create an environment in which my patients can share their thoughts, explore innovative diabetes management strategies, and ultimately walk away feeling empowered.”
1. Rachael volunteers for Camp Diabetes on weekends, where children and adolescents learn
2. Rachael has coordinated clinical research trials for types 1 and 2 diabetes
3. In her spare time, Rachael can be found on the touch footy field or the netball court
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