OzDAFNE for Health Professionals

DAFNE stands for - Dose Adjustment for Normal Eating.

DAFNE is a five day self-management program designed for adults with type 1 diabetes. It is a way of managing type 1 diabetes by estimating insulin doses based on the carbohydrate content of meals. People who have been taught this approach have better blood glucose control, less illness (less time off work), fewer severe hypos and less chance of diabetes complications.

This approach has been used in Europe for over 20 years. In 1998 diabetes health professionals in the UK adapted the European course and called it DAFNE. DAFNE is now in Australia (OzDAFNE) to help people with type 1 diabetes better manage their condition. Over 2000 people in Australia have completed the course and there are over 20 diabetes centres across Australia providing DAFNE courses.

What’s so different about DAFNE?

Many people already have multiple injections each day, but they match their food to their insulin. The difference with DAFNE is that individuals choose how much insulin to take on a day-to-day and meal-to-meal basis.

This means they can eat what they like and, more importantly, when they like.

DAFNE also gives people with type 1 diabetes the skills to manage things like exercise, illness and alcohol more safely.

How can I learn more about DAFNE for my patients?

Register for an OzDAFNE Support Day! This one day workshop provides health professionals with the skills to support DAFNE graduates in the community, gain an understanding of the DAFNE dose adjustment principles, understand the carbohydrate portion and how it is used in DAFNE, be able to refer suitable people to DAFNE and to understand the OzDAFNE training and accreditation process.

2015 OzDAFNE Support Day dates

Date:             Friday 30 October
Time:            9:00am – 4:30pm
Venue:          Diabetes Australia – Vic, 51 Leicester Street, Carlton Vic 3053
Cost:             $100.00 (includes all catering)

If you would like to register please click here for a registration form.

I’d like to run DAFNE courses myself – what do I need to do?

The DAFNE Educator Program (DEP) is a comprehensive training program that teaches Credentialled Diabetes Nurse Educators and Accredited Practising Dietitians to run DAFNE courses in their diabetes service. You can read more about the DEP and requirements for becoming a DAFNE Facilitator at the official DAFNE website, or contact the OzDAFNE Project Officer on 03 9667 1719 or via email if you would like further information about DAFNE health professional training.

TEAM T1 - Teens Empowered to Actively Manage Type 1 Diabetes - new for 2013

Team T1 is a 5-day group education program designed for teenagers aged 14 – 18 years with type 1 diabetes and their parents. It has been adapted for adolescents from the Dose Adjustment for Normal Eating program (DAFNE), a program for adults with type 1 diabetes, which teaches people the skills needed to achieve intensive insulin therapy with multiple daily injections (MDI).  More information and program dates

Funding to support this program is provided by the National Diabetes Services Scheme. The National Diabetes Services Scheme (NDSS) is an initiative of the Australian Government and administered by Diabetes Australia. The NDSS Agent in Victoria is Diabetes Australia – Vic.