Type 1 diabetes services

We provide a range of programs and services designed specifically to support people with type 1 diabetes. We want to help improve your knowledge and management of your condition and to reduce the impact of living with type 1 diabetes.

DA–Vic has a Type 1 Diabetes Program Team which consists of seven staff. The Team plans and organises events, develops new resources, and provides non-clinical information and support to people with type 1 diabetes and their families. The program is supported by the Health and Education Services Team who provide clinical advice and information.

If you have type 1 diabetes and would like further information about the Type 1 Diabetes Program, you can contact a member of the team by calling 1300 136 588.

Type 1 diabetes specific services

Advocacy
Type 1 diabetes enewsletter - The Typist
DAFNE
Carbohydrate counting workshop for people on insulin pumps / bolus calculators
Diabetes Camps Victoria
Education, information and support
Information sessions
AcT1vate
Kellion medal
Pregnancy information
Research
Resources
Support groups

Type 1 in the city

Type 1 Out of Town

Advocacy

Our Advocacy service supports you in addressing issues of concern such as discrimination and access to services and support.

Type 1 diabetes enewsletter - The Typist

If you have type 1 diabetes then you may be interested in our free monthly enewsletter, The Typist, produced by the team in the Type 1 Diabetes Program. The newsletter is full of the latest type 1 diabetes research, events and updates on news in the type 1 diabetes world.

If you have type 1 diabetes, you can subscribe to The Typist here

DAFNE

Dose Adjustment for Normal Eating (DAFNE) is a five day course for people with type 1 diabetes, which aims to give you control of your diabetes by learning to carbohydrate count and adjust your own insulin doses.

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.

Carbohydrate counting workshop for people on insulin pumps / bolus calculators

This is a new hands-on half-day workshop delivered by our experienced dietitians and is for people:

  • with type 1 diabetes aged 18 years and over, and
  • currently using an insulin pump or will be starting on a pump within 6 months.


Please note; this workshop does not cover the operations and features of various pumps.

For bookings and registrations call 1300 136 588. For more information click here

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.

Diabetes Camps Victoria

Diabetes Camps Victoria provides recreation camps for children with type 1 diabetes aged 4 to 17 years.

Education, Information and Support

Credentialled diabetes educators are available from 9am to 4pm (Monday to Friday) to answer your questions about your diabetes management on 1300 136 588, by email mail@diabetesvic.org.au or in person.

The Type 1 Diabetes Program Team provide information about services, resources and events, and offer support to people living with type 1 diabetes and their families.

Information sessions

Sessions throughout the year cover a wide range of topics relevant to people with type 1 diabetes.  They are held in metropolitan and regional areas.  Annual events include:

  • Type 1 in the City – a series of four city-based events held in the evening
  • Type 1 Out of Town – a series of regional events held throughout the year
  • Diabetes Plus – an annual expo held in association with World Diabetes Day
  • Insulin Pump Expo – for people with type 1 diabetes considering going on a pump or for those already on a pump who need more advanced knowledge. 
  • Can I have a healthy baby –  pregnancy planning and management for women with type 1 or type 2 diabetes
  • Research Revealed – latest research in type 1 diabetes, including prevention, management and cure.
  • Connect – In – an exciting weekend away for 18 – 25 year olds living with type 1 diabetes
  • Women's Weekend – an overnight stay for women with type 1 diabetes.

Events are advertised several weeks in advance in our events calendar and through our enewsletter The Typist

AcT1vate

Act1vate is a residential weekend dedicated to helping you, your partner, your child or your patients with type 1 diabetes to get the most out of exercise.

The Act1vate program is specifically for people with type 1 diabetes to learn and enhance their knowledge about how to integrate exercise safely into their lives. Varying levels of knowledge and experience are accommodated.

It is also a weekend to share your own experiences and meet others with type 1 diabetes and those who support them. The environment is one of support and learning, but above all is very relaxed and enjoyable.

Children between the ages of 5-17 can attend but they must have a parent or guardian present at all times.

The next Act1vate will be held in 2015.

Kellion Medal

Every year, we award the Kellion Victory Medal to Victorians who have lived with diabetes for more than 50, 60, 70 and 75 years.  More than 1000 Australians have received Kellion Victory Medals to date.  Health professionals, families and support groups can nominate recipients. If you know someone who could be eligible, or would like more information, contact Anika Cross on 03 9667 1702 or across@diabetesvic.org.au

Pregnancy Information

Information sessions are conducted regularly for women with type 1 diabetes considering pregnancy.   The "Can I Have a Healthy Baby?" booklet addresses pre-conception recommendations and pregnancy information for women with type 1 diabetes and is free to order

Research

Every year we contribute to the Diabetes Australia Research Trust (DART). Since being established in 1987, DART has provided over $15 million to Australian diabetes researchers.

Resources

We have several publications specifically about type 1 diabetes.  These include:

  • Type 1 diabetes checklist (1699KB PDF): This checklist will help you keep on top of all your appointments and healthcare checks. Use it only as a guide. More frequent checks may be needed if there are problems or if advised by your health professional.
  • Information sheets for carers (What is type 1?, Hypoglycaemia, Physical activity)
  • Booklets (including Pump Information and "Can I Have a Healthy Baby?")
  • Eating disorders and diabetes information resource (245KB PDF)
  • High and Low (450KB PDF):  type 1 diabetes, the things you need to know
  • Insulin pump information booklet (990KB PDF) "I'm considering an insulin pump - information for people with type 1 diabetes"
  • Type 1 Essentials (226KB PDF): common questions made easy. A pocket-sized, fold-out information card for adults with type 1 diabetes to distribute to their friends, family and colleagues.
  • Regular complications screening is recommended to assist with early detection and prompt treatment of complications. Our Complications screening checklist (1MB PDF) can be used as a tool to help keep your complications screening up-to-date. Speak with your diabetes health care team for further information.

Call 1300 136 588 to order.

Type 1 Peer Support Groups

Currently there are 23 type 1 diabetes specific peer support groups throughout Victoria. More information can be found here

Type 1 Peer Support Group Program

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