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“I have back to back clients, for hours on end. There’s no time to stop really. Sometimes I get carried away and just forget to take my insulin.” (Anonymous)

Image WorkWith well managed diabetes, you should be able to do most jobs without too many problems. However, there will be times when work commitments may mean that your usual routine is disturbed. This is why it’s important for your employer to know about your diabetes. If you keep disappearing and they don’t know why, they may get very suspicious and annoyed. If they know it is for a health reason, they are likely to be more understanding.

Keep a little hypo kit on you all the time, so it’s there if you need it (and remember to restock it afterwards). 

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Telling Your Employer
Telling Your Workmates

Telling Your Employer

Just like at school your teachers needed to know you had diabetes, while not compulsory, it is advisable to declare your diabetes to your employer.  If you don’t, you may not be eligible for workers’ compensation. They can then make allowances for any extra breaks you need or changes in shifts. Most employers will be understanding and try and help you as much as possible.

Your employer can’t discriminate against you because of your diabetes. Diabetes falls under the category of disability within the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. Federal laws say that it is against the law to discriminate against people, or treat them unfairly, in various areas of public life. One of these areas is employment.

Click on this link for information on equal employment opportunity and anti-discrimination in your state or territory.

You can also contact the Advocacy Officer in your State or Territory diabetes organisation for advice.

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Telling Your Supervisor & Workmates

“I would love a little information card you could just hand out to people so you didn’t have to explain yourself over and over.” (Anonymous)

"You don’t have to tell all your colleagues about your diabetes, but you should tell your supervisor and a couple of other workmates, so they know what to look for if you have a hypo.

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