This is a structured, evidence-based education program developed in Germany and adapted for Australia. The aim is to give you the skills to adjust your insulin doses to match your food choices and your current blood glucose level.
The course cover three main areas:
- Carbohydrate counting: how to estimate the amount of carbohydrate in food and drinks so you can match your insulin dose to your meals or snacks.
- Insulin dose adjustment: how to adjust and check your basal (background) insulin dose as well as your bolus (rapid-acting) insulin doses in order to maintain your blood glucose levels in a safe target range through the day and night.
- Other topics: you will also learn how to manage hypoglycaemia, exercise and illness among other skills to help set you up to self-manage your diabetes more confidently.
What does it involve?
- OzDAFNE involves five full days of education, so you will have to consider the time off work and other commitments.
- Prior to the course you will need to attend a one-hour appointment with the diabetes educator running the course. You will need up-to-date blood tests and a urine sample.
- Your endocrinologist or diabetes doctor will be asked to provide written approval for you to attend the course.
- You will be asked to attend a number of review appointments after the course at 6 weeks, 6 months and 12 months.
Who can attend?
To be eligible to attend a course you must:
- Have a diagnosis of type 1 diabetes
- Be at least 18 years old
- Not be using an insulin pump
- Be willing to inject insulin multiple times a day
- Be willing to monitor your blood glucose levels four or five times a day
- Inform the team if you are pregnant or trying to become pregnant
Where can I do an OzDAFNE?
OzDAFNE is currently available throughout Tasmania in both metropolitan and rural areas.
For more information on dates that are coming up in your area please check out our calendar of events.