Senior dietitian takes out State award

A young woman stands in a corridor
Fiona Stanley Hospital’s senior endocrinology dietitian Mahnaz Aghabozorgi has been awarded the 2019 Australian Diabetes Education Association Western Australian Diabetes Educator Award.
August 2, 2019

Fiona Stanley Hospital’s (FSH) senior dietitian Mahnaz Aghabozorgi has been awarded the 2019 Australian Diabetes Education Association Western Australian Diabetes Educator Award for her work in the hospital’s endocrinology department.

The award aims to profile leading Credentialed Diabetes Educators (CDE) and acknowledge their extraordinary contribution in the community of people with diabetes and diabetes education.

Mahnaz said she is honoured and humbled to receive this accolade.

“It is a great achievement and reassurance but I cannot take all the credit as I work with such an amazing team, who are dedicated to improving the lives of our patients,” Mahnaz said.

The role of CDEs is to provide diabetes self-management education and deliver this across all aspects of diabetes self-care. This has become crucial with Type 1 and the more common Type 2 diabetes affecting more than a million Australian adults, awareness of lifestyle choices, prevention, and management techniques are key.

Mahnaz’s driving force is to support and empower people with diabetes through practicing personalised, patient centred care.

“I have great respect for my patients and their families. They are challenged with complex issues when incorporating diabetes self-care into daily life. It is important to consider their psychological wellbeing and the burden, challenges and struggles that people with diabetes go through everyday to effectively manage their condition and achieve optimal outcomes.” 

FSH Head of Dietetics Jane Porter said receiving this award reflects the outstanding work Mahnaz does in supporting her clients and their families to manage and live well with their diabetes.

“Mahnaz is an integral part of our team, her demeanour, knowledge and skills are a true asset to our team. She is so deserving of being recognised and we couldn’t be prouder,” Jane said.

Mahnaz is now in the running for the national Jan Baldwin Award – CDE of the Year award, which will be announced during the Australian Diabetes Congress 2019 on 23 August 2019.

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