Free Type 2 diabetes information session in Gympie

LEARN to better manage your diabetes with a free workshop in Gympie on Thursday, 16 June 2016.   Diabetes is one of the fastest growing chronic diseases in Australia, with one in four adults being diagnosed with the disease or a condition known as pre-diabetes.   In Queensland, more than 50 people are diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes or pre-diabetes each day. There is thought to be just as many who are undiagnosed and at high risk.   Sunshine Coast Hospital and Health Service is running a workshop called 'Type 2 Diabetes and Me' for people who are newly diagnosed, need a refresher or have been told by their General Practitioner (G.P.) they have pre-diabetes.   Workshop coordinator Jenny O'Dwyer said participants would gain valuable knowledge about Type 2 diabetes, become better informed, with skills to live a healthier lifestyle, and reduce their risk of diabetes complications.   The workshop is a free, four-hour, group session which will provide information about Type 2 diabetes, communicating with health professionals, emotional wellbeing, nutrition, physical activity and goal setting.   A clinical nurse, social worker, dietician and health promotion officer will be on hand to deliver the most up-to-date information and resources.   "A key element of this workshop is participants will have the opportunity to raise any questions or concerns they have with experienced health professionals," Ms O'Dwyer said.   This workshop will be held from 9am to 1pm on Thursday, 16 June 2016 at the Gympie Community Health Centre, 20 Alfred Street, Gympie.   To be eligible to attend this workshop, you must be diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes or pre-diabetes, confirmed by your G.P.; be over 18 years of age; have your own transport; be able to attend group education for four hours; and be able to learn in the company of others.   If you meet the eligibility criteria above, please register your interest for the workshop by calling Central Intake on 5450 4747.   While a referral from your G.P. is not necessary, bookings are essential.


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