When she had children, Julie Feaunati felt she had been well educated about treating her type 1 diabetes.
After all, the Sydneysider had been injecting insulin since she was teenage and as technology developed, even learned how to measure her own blood sugar levels and adjust insulin accept it.
So when his two children came together and life became exciting, seeing a doctor about his condition was not a priority, and at least eight years passed without a check.
"Those years only fly, when you do not have little children, and you're busy and you're working," the 45-year-old told AAP.
But when Ms Feaunati developed a strange fan of fatty tissue on her regular stomach spray site, she mentioned her GP.
She was told that the lump was under her skin because she sprayed in the place and place, if she did not know it was a risk of that.
A session with a diabetes educator helped her realize how much she would be behind her in her knowledge, not just where to spray but for the needles available.
She now varies where she sprays and uses her needle and right size and tells herself that lucky things do not get worse.
"Something really bad could happen, or I could have long-term complications," he said.
But new research has revealed that Ms Feaunati is far from his own and does not always follow the best spray habits.
The 368 Australia survey with diabetes, with the help of Becton Dickinson medical technology company, has found that 46 per cent do not always change their spray site.
Nearly half (49 per cent) also re-use needles and only 44 per cent use shorter needles recommended.
The statistics, published on Wednesday, become a little surprise to Michelle Robins, a long-term diabetes educator with Victoria Northern Northern.
Teaching good spray technique is at the heart of your work, with issues such as insulin injecting into muscles rather than fat – from using a long-lasting needle – which causes unexpected or falling blood sugar injections.
"That has a huge impact on everything," he said to AAP.
Ms Robins said that there are a variety of reasons why people do not do the best things and it is important for people to be educated not only what they should do, but why they should.
But he said it was a good idea for diabetes to have a minimum annual audit with a healthcare professional.
Approximately 1.7 million Australians live with diabetes, with almost a third demanding injections.