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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 type 2 diabetes

This course is for people newly diagnosed with type 2 diabetes and their partners.

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 (with a focus on carbohydrate foods and how to eat to manage blood glucose levels), label reading, myth busting, use of diabetes food products, takeaways and eating out, shopping tips, and goal setting.

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

There's also one class for young adults aged 15 to 30.

2018 Course Dates*

Location

  • Wednesday 31 January, 9.30 am to 1.30 pm

Diabetes Centre
Ground floor, Christchurch outpatients building, 2 Oxford Terrace

  • Monday 26 February, 6 pm to 8 pm
  • Tuesday 27 February, 6 pm to 8 pm
  • Tuesday 20 March, 12.30 pm to 4.30 pm
  • Tuesday 8 May, 8.30 am to 12.30 pm
  • Wednesday 6 June, 9.30 am to 1.30 pm
  • Tuesday 3 July, 6 pm to 8 pm
  • Wednesday 4 July, 6 pm to 8 pm
  • Thursday 26 July, time to be determined
  • Thursday 9 August, 12.30 pm to 4.30 pm
  • Monday 3 September, 9.30 am to 1.30 pm

Course for young adults (aged 15 to 30)

  • Thursday 6 September, 1 pm to 5 pm
  • Monday 15 October, 6.30 pm to 8.30 pm
  • Tuesday 16 October, 6.30 pm to 8.30 pm
  • Tuesday 6 November, 8.30 am to 12.30 pm
  • Tuesday 4 December, 9.30 am to 1.30 pm

* Evening classes are spread over two nights.

Type 2 diabetes on insulin therapy, self-management classes

This course is for people with type 2 diabetes who have recently started or who are already on insulin (any type), and their partners. 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, eating out, alcohol, and exercise.

This course is presented by a diabetes nurse specialist and a diabetes dietitian.

2018 Course Dates*

Location

  • Thursday 5 April, 6 pm to 8.30 pm
  • Thursday 12 April, 6 pm to 8.30 pm

Diabetes Centre
Ground floor, Christchurch outpatients building, 2 Oxford Terrace

  • Tuesday 12 June, 9.30 am to 12.30 pm
  • Tuesday 19 June, 9.30 am to 12.30 pm
  • Thursday 18 October, 1 pm to 4 pm
  • Thursday 25 October, 1 pm to 4 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 and bolus insulin (long acting and fast acting) who are interested in making changes to the way they manage their diabetes. You're 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 course is presented by a diabetes physician, a diabetes nurse specialist, and a diabetes dietitian.

There are also two classes for young adults aged 15 to 30.

2018 Course Dates*

Location

  • Thursday 8 February, 6 pm to 8 pm
  • Thursday 15 February, 6 pm to 8 pm
  • Thursday 22 February, 6 pm to 8 pm
  • Thursday 1 March, 6 pm to 8 pm

Diabetes Centre
Ground floor, Christchurch outpatients building, 2 Oxford Terrace

Course for young adults (aged 15 to 30)

  • Wednesday 7 March, 6 pm to 8 pm
  • Wednesday 14 March, 6 pm to 8 pm
  • Wednesday 21 March, 6 pm to 8 pm
  • Wednesday 28 March, 6 pm to 8 pm
  • Monday 7 May, 6 pm to 8 pm
  • Monday 14 May, 6 pm to 8 pm
  • Monday 21 May, 6 pm to 8 pm
  • Monday 28 May, 6 pm to 8 pm
  • Tuesday 7 August, 6 pm to 8 pm
  • Tuesday 14 August, 6 pm to 8 pm
  • Tuesday 21 August, 6 pm to 8 pm
  • Tuesday 28 August, 6 pm to 8 pm

Course for young adults (aged 15 to 30)

  • Tuesday 4 September, 6 pm to 8 pm
  • Tuesday 11 September, 6 pm to 8 pm
  • Tuesday 18 September, 6 pm to 8 pm
  • Tuesday 25 September, 6 pm to 8 pm
  • Wednesday 7 November, 6.30 pm to 8.30 pm
  • Wednesday 14 November, 6.30 pm to 8.30 pm
  • Wednesday 21 November, 6.30 pm to 8.30 pm
  • Wednesday 28 November, 6.30 pm to 8.30 pm

* Advanced classes are held over four evenings.

Insulin pump start course

This course is for people with type 1 diabetes who are starting insulin pump therapy and are working with a multidisciplinary team at the Diabetes Centre. It's a comprehensive and intensive course covering how to use a pump, and diabetes management while on a pump.

It covers insulin on board (unused insulin), blood glucose level targets, fine tuning fibre and glycaemic index, sick day management, exercise, advanced pump features, hypoglycaemic management, correction factors, carbohydrate counting, back to multi daily injections, hospital guide and emergency kit suggestions.

This course is presented by a diabetes physician, a diabetes nurse educator, a diabetes dietitian and the insulin pump representative.

2018 Course Dates

 

Location

Animas pump start

  • Monday 8 January, 8.30 am to 4.30 pm
  • Tuesday 9 January, 8:30 am to 1 pm

Diabetes Centre
Ground floor, Christchurch outpatients building, 2 Oxford Terrace

Animas pump start

  • Monday 12 February, 8.30 am to 4.30 pm
  • Tuesday 13 February, 8:30 am to 1 pm

Medtronic pump start

  • Monday 5 March, 8.30 am to 4.30 pm
  • Tuesday 6 March, 8:30 am to 1 pm

 

Medtronic pump start

  • Monday 9 April, 8.30 am to 4.30 pm
  • Tuesday 10 April, 9:30 am to 2 pm

 

Animas pump start

  • Monday 16 April, 8.30 am to 4.30 pm
  • Tuesday 17 April, 8:30 am to 1 pm

 

Animas and Medtronic pump start

  • Tuesday 22 May, 8.30 am to 4.30 pm
  • Wednesday 23 May, 8:30 am to 1 pm

 

Medtronic pump start

  • Monday 23 July, 8.30 am to 4.30 pm
  • Tuesday 24 July, 8:30 am to 1 pm

 

Animas pump start

  • Monday 30 July, 8.30 am to 4.30 pm
  • Tuesday 31 July, 8:30 am to 1 pm

 

Either Animas or Medtronic pump start (to be determined)

  • Monday 27 August, 8.30 am to 4.30 pm
  • Tuesday 28 August, 8:30 am to 1 pm

 

Animas pump start

  • Monday 8 October, 8.30 am to 4.30 pm
  • Tuesday 9 October, 8:30 am to 1 pm

 

Medtronic pump start

  • Monday 29 October, 8.30 am to 4.30 pm
  • Tuesday 30 October, 8:30 am to 1 pm

 

Animas pump start

  • Monday 19 November, 8.30 am to 4.30 pm
  • Tuesday 20 November, 8:30 am to 1 pm

 

Medtronic pump start

  • Monday 10 December, 9.30 am to 5 pm
  • Tuesday 11 December, 9:30 am to 2 pm

 

Insulin pump refresher course

This course is for people with type 1 diabetes who are already using an insulin pump (Animas or Medtronic).

It revisits previous insulin pump education and diabetes management. It teaches people about the pump's advanced features to help them to get the most from their insulin delivery device.

It covers information on temporary basal, boluses, basal rate testing, downloading of the pump, travel, time zone changes and coming off the pump for different reasons. It also provides a medical procedures refresher, including when to disconnect, sites and troubleshooting.

This course is presented by the insulin pump representative, a diabetes nurse specialist, and a diabetes dietitian.

2018 Course Dates

 

Location

Medtronic pump refresher

  • Monday 12 February, 3 pm to 5 pm

Diabetes Centre
Ground floor, Christchurch outpatients building, 2 Oxford Terrace

 

Animas pump refresher

  • Tuesday 13 February, 2 pm to 4 pm

Medtronic pump refresher

  • Tuesday 6 March, 2 pm to 4 pm

Animas pump refresher

  • Monday 12 March, 9.30 am to 11.30 am

 

Medtronic pump refresher

  • Tuesday 10 April, 2.30 pm to 4.30 pm

 

Animas pump refresher

  • Tuesday 17 April, 2 pm to 4 pm

 

Either Medtronic or Animas refresher (to be determined)

  • Wednesday 23 May, 2 pm to 4 pm

 

Medtronic pump refresher

  • Tuesday 24 July, 2 pm to 4.30 pm

 

Animas pump refresher

  • Tuesday 31 July, 2 pm to 4.30 pm

 

Either Medtronic or Animas refresher (to be determined)

  • Tuesday 28 August, 2 pm to 4.30 pm

 

Animas pump refresher

  • Tuesday 9 October, 2 pm to 4.30 pm

 

Medtronic pump refresher

  • Tuesday 30 October, 2 pm to 4 pm

 

Medtronic pump refresher

  • Tuesday 11 December, 2 pm to 4.30 pm

 

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Written by Diabetes Centre, Christchurch Hospital. Adapted by HealthInfo clinical advisers. Last reviewed July 2018. Last updated November 2018.

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Review key: HIDIA-21832