Support groups

Support groups bring together people who share common experiences, conditions, concerns, goals or interests. They offer people an opportunity to improve their quality of life through mutual support and education. They can also bring about change for themselves and the wider community.

The Peer support program is a service offered by Diabetes Victoria to facilitate and empower all members of diabetes support groups. The program:

  •     Provides information to members and the general public about Diabetes Victoria.
  •     Facilitates and coordinates community education forums in metropolitan Melbourne, regional and rural areas.
  •     Works with health care professionals including dietitians, podiatrists and diabetes educators to raise awareness of diabetes complications and management.
  •     Advocates for change and better lifestyle options through community support and education.

Diabetes Victoria provides insurance, small annual grants and ongoing support and resources to all peer support groups. In return, peer support groups provide their local communities with safe and friendly environments to meet and support other community members living with diabetes, while helping to raise awareness and funds for Diabetes Victoria in their local communities.

We have both type 1 and type 2 specific peer support groups.

Sharing experiences is a powerful way of learning how to manage diabetes. Meeting other people with diabetes can help reduce the isolation that people may feel and be a source of support when needed. The Diabetes Victoria type 1 peer support groups provide an opportunity for people to access type 1 diabetes specific information and support in their local community. We are committed to identifying the ever evolving needs of people living with type 1 diabetes and facilitating support though the Type 1 Peer Support Group Program.

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Research has shown that members of support groups, such as the type 2 peer support groups, are more confident about their diabetes, are less depressed and less stressed – in part because they have the knowledge to better manage their diabetes.

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