Diabetes self-management programme set to launch

Helping to launch primary health network WellSouth’s new diabetes programme are long-term...
Helping to launch primary health network WellSouth’s new diabetes programme are long-term conditions nurses (from left) Marryllyn Donaldson, Rachel Hall, Monica Cooney and Dave Cox. PHOTO: WELLSOUTH
A new programme is launching to help more people across Otago and Southland self-manage their type 2 diabetes.

Primary health network WellSouth is set to bring in-person classes to more rural areas, as well as overhaul the previous programme.

In a statement WellSouth said there were about 12,400 people in Otago and Southland with type 2 diabetes, and more than one third of these lived in rural areas.

Long-term conditions nurse Dave Cox said feedback from the previous programme was that workshops were too long, held during the workday, and were too far away for people to attend.

"We wanted to respond to that feedback and provide programme classes that were more local and more flexible."

He now leads the new programme, Take Control of Your Diabetes, which unlike the previous version has been designed by WellSouth’s nurses, dietitians and pharmacists.

"We wanted to respond to that feedback and provide programme classes that were more local and more flexible."

Mr Cox said the introductory class of the new programme was shorter, and could be delivered according to need almost anywhere.

"By making it free-of-charge, local and accessible, we believe more people will attend, and be able to connect with others locally who are having a similar experience.

"Many attendees will have just been diagnosed by their GP or nurse practitioner, who would then recommend the course," he said.

Participants will better understand how diabetes could affect day-to-day life, how to recognise and manage symptoms, and get tips and advice to keep living well.

Topics will include glycaemic control, nutrition, physical activity, smoking cessation, medication use, stress management, sleep hygiene, goal setting and action planning.

WellSouth will monitor the need for a follow-up class as the programme is rolled out.

Classes are scheduledfor Oamaru on July 2, Dunedin on July 11, Queenstown on July 23, Alexandra on July 24, Milton on July 30, Invercargill on August 7 and Gore on August 8.

 

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