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Diabetes group education classes

These free group education classes are available for people 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 in various locations in Christchurch. You will receive more information about location and course dates after your GP refers you.

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.

2019 Course Dates*

Location

  • Wednesday 12 June, 6 pm to 8.30 pm
  • Wednesday 19 June, 6 pm to 8.30 pm

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

  • Tuesday 22 October, 9.30 am to 12.30 pm
  • Tuesday 29 October, 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 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. There are also one‑session refresher courses for adults and young adults.

2019 Course Dates*

Location

  • Thursday 14 March, 6 pm to 8 pm
  • Thursday 21 March, 6 pm to 8 pm
  • Thursday 28 March, 6 pm to 8 pm
  • Thursday 4 April, 6 pm to 8 pm

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

  • Wednesday 7 August, 6 pm to 8 pm
  • Wednesday 14 August, 6 pm to 8 pm
  • Wednesday 21 August, 6 pm to 8 pm
  • Wednesday 28 August, 6 pm to 8 pm
  • Tuesday 5 November, 6.30 pm to 8.30 pm
  • Tuesday 12 November, 6.30 pm to 8.30 pm
  • Tuesday 19 November, 6.30 pm to 8.30 pm
  • Tuesday 26 November, 6.30 pm to 8.30 pm

Courses for young adults

  • Wednesday 15 May, 6 pm to 8 pm
  • Wednesday 22 May, 6 pm to 8 pm
  • Wednesday 29 May, 6 pm to 8 pm
  • Wednesday 5 June, 6 pm to 8 pm
  • Monday 2 September, 6 pm to 8 pm
  • Monday 9 September, 6 pm to 8 pm
  • Monday 16 September, 6 pm to 8 pm
  • Monday 23 September, 6 pm to 8 pm

Refresher courses

  • Wednesday 10 July, 6 pm to 8 pm
  • Thursday 5 September, 6 pm to 8 pm

Refresher course for young adults

  • Tuesday 30 July, 6 pm to 8 pm

* Advance 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.

Phone the Diabetes Centre on (03) 364‑0860 for details.

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.

Phone the Diabetes Centre on (03) 364‑0860 for details.

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Written by Diabetes Centre, Christchurch Hospital. Adapted by HealthInfo clinical advisers. Last reviewed May 2019.

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