Our bolus advisor meter service is available to people with type 1 or type 2 diabetes on multiple daily injections (also known as basal or bolus therapy) who are seeking greater flexibility in their eating habits, as well as gaining tighter blood glucose control.

Also referred to as bolus calculators, bolus advisor blood glucose meters can recommend an accurate dose of insulin based on:

  • Your current blood glucose level
  • The amount of carbohydrate in the food you are about to eat
  • The amount of insulin still working from your previous injection
  • Your target blood glucose level
  • Any health events happening (e.g. sick days)
  • Exercise you have done or plan to do

Bolus advisor group education sessions run twice monthly. Sessions run for approximately 1-2 hours and involve:

  • A review of carbohydrate counting knowledge and ability
  • Calculation of meter settings
  • Machine set up and training
  • Troubleshooting
  • Discussion regarding blood glucose testing schedule
  • Discussion regarding testing the accurateness of your settings
  • Discussion regarding follow up – which might include:
    • helping you assess whether your settings are working for you
    • helping you learn to make safe adjustments to your own settings
    • troubleshooting

Accurate carbohydrate counting is a requirement for safe use of all of the features of bolus advisor blood glucose meters. Carbohydrate counting education may be completed at the Royal Melbourne Hospital by attending a carbohydrate counting group. This group is conducted by our Endocrine dietitian. Individual carbohydrate counting appointments can also be arranged in some circumstances.

How to access this service

For investigation and training, you will need a referral from your RMH Endocrinologist. Please speak to your doctor or diabetes educator for more information.

In a medical emergency, call 000. If you are feeling unwell, see your local GP or go to your local hospital Emergency department for help.