Type 2 di­a­betes sem­i­nars

Sunshine Coast Daily - Caloundra Weekly - - NEWS -

SUN­SHINE Coast Hospi­tal and Health Ser­vice (SCHHS) health pro­fes­sion­als are gear­ing up to de­liver a se­ries of free work­shops through­out 2019 to ed­u­cate and sup­port those di­ag­nosed with type 2 di­a­betes.

Peo­ple liv­ing with the con­di­tion can re­ceive up­dated in­for­ma­tion and re­sources and have their ques­tions an­swered by at­tend­ing the free work­shops.

SCHHS health pro­mo­tion of­fi­cer Kerry Roach said the work­shops help par­tic­i­pants to bet­ter man­age their con­di­tion and re­duce risks and com­pli­ca­tions.

“Around 4 per cent of the Sun­shine Coast pop­u­la­tion and 6 per cent of the Gympie pop­u­la­tion have been di­ag­nosed with type 2 di­a­betes, so it’s im­por­tant to have a ser­vice like this avail­able across the health ser­vice to con­nect with lo­cals,” Ms Roach said.

“The work­shop pro­vides a group-based learn­ing at­mos­phere where par­tic­i­pants can hear from a range of health pro­fes­sion­als on ways to man­age their con­di­tion daily to re­duce those risks, as well as feel com­fort­able talk­ing to oth­ers who are in a sim­i­lar sit­u­a­tion.

“We have been providing the work­shops for over five years and our team of nurses, di­eti­cians, so­cial work­ers and health pro­mo­tion of­fi­cers are very ded­i­cated to con­tin­u­ing to sup­port peo­ple with their type 2 di­a­betes self-man­age­ment prac­tice.”

Ms Roach said the work­shop ses­sions are open to any­one di­ag­nosed with type 2 di­a­betes or pre-di­a­betes. Fam­ily or car­ers are also wel­come to at­tend.

Up­com­ing work­shops dates are:

■ Fe­bru­ary 21, Gympie

■ Fe­bru­ary 27, Caloundra

■ March 6, Caloundra All work­shops run from 9am-1pm and book­ings are es­sen­tial.

To re­serve a spot, phone 5479 9670.

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