Tui Ora kaimahi are working with Diabetes New Zealand and Pinnacle PHO to educate type 2 diabetes patients to help manage their condition and improve their health.
The six-week programme was developed by diabetes nurse specialist, Liz Dutton and is tailored specifically for the needs of Māori, Pacifica, Indian and Chinese communities in Aotearoa who suffer a higher incidence of diabetes.
Each two-hour session is facilitated by Matire Ropiha from Diabetes NZ alongside a clinician – either a physician or dietician.
“Referrals can come via your GP or directly to us just by getting in touch. All doors are open to anyone living with type 2 diabetes.” said Matire.
Tui Ora long-term conditions nurse Tash Bishop jumped on the opportunity to introduce the course to Tui Ora clients:
“What’s special about this course is that it is written and designed in New Zealand and it is tailored to the needs of our communities. The course is engaging, interactive and educational.”
Matire says the course is designed to help clients manage their own diabetes journey and puts them in the driving seat:
“When we talk about food we explain the science behind it – What’s the difference between a simple carb and a complex one and which one is better for you?
“It’s really important that we understand what is in the food and drink we consume. Many whānau think that juice is a healthy alternative to fizzy drinks but they can contain even more sugar than coke.”
The course examines a number of factors that impact diabetes: diet & nutrition, medication and exercise.