The work Registered Nurse and Credentialled Diabetes Educator Jayne Lehmann does to improve and support the care of people with intellectual disability and diabetes is person centred in a way few others can achieve. That’s because she understands the challenges of having an intellectual disability.

Jayne has lived experience of caring for her daughter Sarah, who had a severe intellectual disability from Dravet Syndrome. Sadly, Sarah unexpectedly died at the end of 2019, two days before her 26th birthday. Support workers helped Jayne and her family care with Sarah’s care across her lifetime. In turn this has provided Jayne with unique insights and understanding of their diabetes training needs. Jayne continues to be an effective advocate for quality healthcare to people with intellectual disability across Australia and was a contributor to the 2019 COVID 19 emergency response plan for people with intellectual disability in Australia and the Intellectual Disability Round Table advising the Department of Health.

To hear Jayne talk about the recently released NDSS resources for people with intellectual disability and diabetes  Click here and go to the 35 minute mark for the beginning of the interview by Peter Greco on Vision Australia Radio. Of course the whole program is great so why not listen to it all if you have the time.

Jayne combines her insights from Sarah’s care with 35 years of diabetes care and

 education experience. Mix it all together and you have someone who really understands the challenges people with intellectual disability, support workers and disability support organisations experience around diabetes care.  Unique strategies have been used by Jayne to connect with her client with diabetes and intellectual disability. .. Like the one pictured to the left, where a soft toy makes the appointment with Jayne more interesting for a lady with  limited oral communication. Now that’s the sort of smile we all want to see when people to to health appointments!


Jayne is a popular presenter and advocate, encouraging health professionals to create accessible services to people with different disabilities for the same quality of diabetes care as people without a disability.

To find out about Jayne’s awards in disability care Click here!