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Diabetes group education classes

These group education classes are available for patients who:

Talk to your general practice team for further information about the classes and to ask for a referral.

Introduction to and management of prediabetes

This course is for people newly diagnosed with prediabetes and their partners.

It covers lifestyle modification advice to delay or prevent the onset of type 2 diabetes. It includes information about the management of prediabetes, diabetes complications, exercise, foot care, healthy eating, label reading, myth busting, use of diabetic food products, takeaways and eating out, shopping tips, and goal setting.

This free course is presented by a diabetes dietitian. It is held four times a year.

2017 Course Dates

Location

  • Wednesday 22 March, 1 pm to 3 pm

Diabetes Centre
550 Hagley Ave, Christchurch

 

  • Wednesday 10 May, 2 pm to 4 pm
  • Tuesday 8 August, 3 pm to 5 pm
  • Wednesday 22 November, 2 pm to 4 pm

Introduction to and management of type 2 diabetes

This course is for people newly diagnosed with type 2 diabetes and those close to them.

It covers how type 2 diabetes changes the way your body works, and how to manage it. It includes complications, exercise, foot care, healthy eating basics, label reading, myth busting, use of diabetic food products, takeaways and eating out, shopping tips, and goal setting.

This free course is presented by a diabetes nurse educator and dietitian. It is held once a month.

2017 Course Dates*

Location

  • Thursday 2 February, 9.30 am to 1.30 pm

Diabetes Centre
550 Hagley Ave, Christchurch

  • Monday 20 March, 7 pm to 9 pm
  • Tuesday 21 March, 7 pm to 9 pm
  • Tuesday 4 April, 8.30 am to 12.30 pm
  • Monday 8 May, 1 pm to 5 pm
  • Wednesday 7 June, 6.30 pm to 8.30 pm
  • Thursday 8 June, 6.30 pm to 8.30 pm
  • Friday 7 July, 1 pm to 5 pm
  • Thursday 3 August, 9.30 am to 1.30 pm
  • Wednesday 6 September, 8.30 am to 12.30 pm
  • Wednesday 18 October, 6.30 pm to 8.30 pm
  • Thursday 19 October, 6.30 pm to 8.30 pm
  • Wednesday 1 November, 9.30 am to 1.30 pm
  • Monday 18 December, 1 pm to 5 pm

* Evening classes are spread over two nights.

Self-management classes type 2 diabetes on insulin therapy

This course is for people with type 2 diabetes who have recently started or who are already on insulin (any type). You will learn how to manage your diabetes in a friendly, supportive atmosphere.

It covers how type 2 diabetes changes the way your body works, hypoglycaemia, insulin action and adjustment, managing sick days, travel, carbohydrate foods and distribution, healthy eating for management of diabetes, types of fats and effects, eating out, alcohol, and exercise.

This free course is presented by a diabetes nurse specialist and a dietitian. It is held three to four times a year.

2017 Course Dates*

Location

  • Thursday 16 March, 9.30 am to 12.30 pm
  • Thursday 23 March, 9.30 am to 12.30 pm

Diabetes Centre
550 Hagley Ave, Christchurch

  • Tuesday 27 June, 6 pm to 8.30 pm
  • Tuesday 4 July, 6 pm to 8.30 pm
  • Thursday 16 November, 9.30 am to 12.30 pm
  • Thursday 23 November, 9.30 am to 12.30 pm

* Insulin self-management classes consist of two sessions over two weeks.

The advance course

This course is for people with type 1 diabetes on basal or bolus insulin who are interested in making changes to the way they manage their diabetes. You are welcome to bring your partner.

It covers new advances in diabetes management, insulin adjustment using the insulin sensitivity factor, sick day management, complications prevention, hypoglycaemic awareness, and carbohydrate counting (including individualised carbohydrate to insulin ratios). It also covers exercise, alcohol, and eating out.

The free course is presented by a physician, diabetes nurse specialist, and dietitian, and runs four to five times a year.

2017 Course Dates*

Location

  • Wednesday 8 February, 7 pm to 9 pm
  • Wednesday 15 February, 7 pm to 9 pm
  • Wednesday 22 February, 7 pm to 9 pm
  • Wednesday 1 March, 7 pm to 9 pm
  • Wednesday 8 March, 7 pm to 9 pm

Diabetes Centre
550 Hagley Ave, Christchurch

  • Tuesday 9 May, 6 pm to 8 pm
  • Tuesday 16 May, 6 pm to 8 pm
  • Tuesday 23 May, 6 pm to 8 pm
  • Tuesday 30 May, 6 pm to 8 pm
  • Tuesday 6 June, 6 pm to 8 pm
  • Wednesday 26 July, 6 pm to 8 pm
  • Wednesday 2 August, 6 pm to 8 pm
  • Wednesday  9 August, 6 pm to 8 pm
  • Wednesday 16 August, 6 pm to 8 pm
  • Tuesday 29 August, 6 pm to 8 pm
  • Tuesday 5 September, 6 pm to 8 pm
  • Tuesday 12 September, 6 pm to 8 pm
  • Tuesday 19 September, 6 pm to 8 pm
  • Tuesday 26 September, 6 pm to 8 pm
  • Thursday 26 October, 6.30 pm to 8.30 pm
  • Thursday 2 November, 6.30 pm to 8.30 pm
  • Thursday 9 November, 6.30 pm to 8.30 pm
  • Wednesday 15 November, 6.30 pm to 8.30 pm
  • Thursday 23 November, 6.30 pm to 8.30 pm

* Advanced classes are held on four or five days.

Pump course

This course is specifically for people with type 1 diabetes who are starting to use an insulin pump.

It covers how to use a pump, and practical skills, and is presented by a doctor, diabetes nurse, and dietitian.

2017 Course Dates

Location

Medtronic pump start

  • Monday 27 March, 8.30 am to 4 pm
  • Tuesday 28 March, 8.30 am to 1 pm

Diabetes Centre
550 Hagley Ave, Christchurch

 

Animas pump start

  • Monday 10 April, 8.30 am to 4 pm
  • Tuesday 11 April, 8.30 am to 1 pm

Animas and Medtronic pump start

  • Monday 19 June, 9 am to 3 pm
  • Tuesday 20 June, 9 am to 3 pm
  • Wednesday 21 June, 9 am to 3 pm
  • Friday 23 June, 9 am to 12 pm

Animas pump start

  • Monday 10 July, 8.30 am to 4 pm
  • Tuesday 11 July, 8.30 am to 1 pm

Animas pump start

  • Monday 2 October, 8.30 am to 4 pm
  • Tuesday 3 October, 8.30 am to 1 pm

Medtronic pump start

  • Monday 16 October, 8.30 am to 4 pm
  • Tuesday 17 October, 8.30 am to 1 pm

Animas and Medtronic pump start

  • Monday 6 November, 9 am to 3 pm
  • Tuesday 7 November, 9 am to 3 pm
  • Wednesday 8 November, 9 am to 3 pm
  • Friday 10 November, 9 am to 12 pm

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Compiled by Diabetes Centre, Christchurch Hospital. Adapted by HealthInfo clinical advisers. Updated July 2017.

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