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    Youth Services Co-ordinator

    The Organisation

    Diabetes NZ – Auckland Branch is a branch of the registered charity Diabetes New Zealand Incorporated.  It has developed an operating model that reflects the strategic direction of Diabetes New Zealand while incorporating the unique cultural diversity of the Auckland region.  Its mission is to provide the one in four Aucklanders affected by, or who are high risk of being affected by, diabetes with the support needed to live a full and active life.

    The youth division, Diabetes Youth Auckland (DYA), works to create a web of support networks for young people with diabetes and their families, and to empower them with the information they need to successfully manage the condition and family life.  Programmes include educational events, camps, fun events and practical resources.

     

    The Role

    Reporting to the Auckland Branch Manager, the role is responsible for developing and implementing programmes and activities that will provide education, advocacy, support networks, and resources to children with diabetes and their families in Auckland.

    The person will become a key member of a tight knit and highly effective team and will have the support of and work with the Diabetes Youth Auckland Committee.

    Key responsibilities:

    • Development of an annual plan and implementation including the proposed budget (income and expenditure) that supports service delivery for each year.
    • Planning, marketing and implementing the logistics of DYA youth activities, events and camps, ensuring Health and Safety obligations are met and Risk Assessment planning occurs for each event.
    • Provide support for parents and their families affected by diabetes: at all times demonstrate qualities of empathy and empowerment.
    • Support the DYA Committee’s fundraising activities and funding opportunities

     

    Person Specification

    Previous experience of working in a charity and children/youth is required for this role. You will need to have an understanding of diabetes and especially type 1, be a team player who is happy to get stuck in, is highly motivated with strong attention to detail and a skilled problem solver.  The role requires flexibility to work outside office hours and at the weekend. This role is for 20 hours and the office is based in Penrose.

    Job Description

    To Apply

    If this sounds like the right job for you then please email an updated CV with a cover letter addressed to Sheena Duffy Vakatale, outlining your experience against the core competencies in the job description and tell us why you would want to work for Diabetes Youth Auckland.

    The closing date for this role is Friday 23 November 2018

    Helensville Support Group Celebrates

    On the 6th of August 2018 Helensville Diabetes Support Groups celebrated 10 years to the day since their very first meeting in 2008.

    The day was enjoyed by all,  with a few games and a shared lunch.  Members of Helensville Arthritis Group with whom we amalgamated with in 2015 also attended.

    Many thanks to Dr Phillip Barter who is always there to support the Helensville members,  and the two original nurses Christine Montgomery and Barbara McKenzie (pictured).

    Our group who meets once a month warmly welcomes any new members to join us.

    For any more  information you can contact Shirley in 4206501 or Glennis on 4202801.

    More information on our support groups

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    Diabetes and Eating Disorders

    Recently eating disorders in our community have been highlighted through social media and on television. Diabulimia happens when those with type one diabetes avoid taking insulin.

    From a recent study, a third of type one adolescents with type one diabetes that were surveyed are at risk of developing an eating disorder related to diabetes. This study was led by Professor Paul Hofman which surveyed 300 young people that were 12 to 25 years of age.

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    From this study, Hofman was able to identify that 12 year olds were at high risk. Maori and Pacific were also at a higher risk in comparison to European youth.

    “There was a really major ethnicity issue. So the odds of having an eating disorder for Māori was about twice as much and Pacific Islander about five times as much.” Hofman also mentioned to Radio NZ that although this was a small study he is confident that it is a fair representation of what is happening around the county. 

    Need more information?

    DEDA, Diabetes and Eating Disorder Awareness provide support, advocacy and information. Stories as well as information if you need help, if you know someone or are a health professional is readily available.

    If you would like more information around this please get in touch with DEDA, a health professional or you can contact us.

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    Cellist Sheku Kanneh-Mason

    If you tuned in to watch, you would have listened to Cellist, Sheku Kanneh-Mason.

    After Sheku played a mesmerising piece for the Royal Wedding, the internet erupted wanting to know about him and who he is. He won the BBC’s Young Musician 2016 competition. He also has type 1 diabetes; diagnosed at 12. He is the first African American to win this competition. He recently was also awarded Male Artist of the Year at the Classic Brit Awards.

    It’s great to be able to share Sheku’s story with the diabetes community and reiterate that you can still achieve your dreams even when you are diagnosed with a life long condition. A great role model for anyone especially children living with diabetes.

    From the DigiBete video: “Sheku Kanneh-Mason plays the cello and won the BBC’s Young Musician 2016 competition. He was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes at 12.” Through the video he goes through how he manages his music as well as his diabetes.

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    Diabetes NZ Sugar Tax Submission

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    Diabetes New Zealand is at the forefront of New Zealand’s greatest health issue, diabetes. The incidence of diabetes in New Zealanders is at epidemic proportions and rising. Diabetes is a chronic illness with significant morbidity and mortality burdens.

    Obesity is a primary factor leading to Type 2 diabetes. The 2017 OECD Obesity Index analysis that New Zealand has the third most obese population out of 35 member countries is both shameful and unacceptable. This is an indictment on our country and the poor health of our people. The OECD report represents an emphatic call to action. The Rt Hon Helen Clark has described the OECD’s finding as “shocking” and has vigorously implored that “whoever’s in government needs to implement strong policy to stop this epidemic now”.

    For decades, Diabetes New Zealand through its hard-working staff and volunteers has fought the war on diabetes across the whole country, deploying enormous resources to support and help countless thousands of people deal with their health problems and improve their lives. Raising awareness and prevention consumes a large part of the organisation’s resources. From all this involvement, effort and informed experience at New Zealand’s diabetes coal face, Diabetes New Zealand is ideally placed with this submission.

    The bottom line is that despite many governmental programmes to address the problem, the incidence of diabetes in New Zealand is increasing, as is the rate of obesity. Something much more is needed to stem this fatal tide. Diabetes New Zealand earnestly believes that this ‘something’ is a Sugar Tax.

    This submission carefully analyses the evidence and arguments surrounding the case for a Sugar Tax. We recommend this submission by Diabetes New Zealand to you, and its conclusion that a Sugar Tax will create a bow wave to behaviour change beyond any other governmental measure thus far.

    As Patrons of Diabetes New Zealand, we appeal to you to follow the example of other nations in deploying the levers of taxation to intervene in this runaway health epidemic.

    You have a unique opportunity to play a critical role in the health, well-being and longer lives of hundreds of thousands of current and future generation New Zealanders.

    Yours Sincerely,

    Sir Eion Edgar and Lady Beattie

    Read the full submission here

    What’s Your diabetes Why?

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    For the month of June we will be delving little deeper into why people were getting tested through our Mobile Diabetes Awareness Service – What’s your diabetes Why?

    Getting people to share their stories with us and how they are taking control of their health.

    Over the month of June, keep an eye out for stories shared from our diabetes community.

    If you would like to share your story, head along and talk to Susan and Sandy through our Mobile Diabetes Awareness Service or contact us.

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    Online Shop for February and March

    Due to circumstances outside of our control, online orders will be sent 2 to 3 times a week for February and March 2018.

    Queries and orders over the phone will also be limited.

    This will go back to normal after this time.

    We apologise for any inconvenience.

    If you are after an insulin pen please contact your local pharmacy or one of the below numbers.

    All insulin pens are free of charge.

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    Diabetes Action Month – it’s been a big one!

    Diabetes Action Month NZ

    November was our month – it was our turn to tell the world about diabetes, raise awareness about the difference between type 1 and type 2 and encourage people to take action if they’re at risk.

    Why action month?

    The Ministry of Health has declared that diabetes is “the largest and fastest growing health issue we face in New Zealand”.  With 100,000 Kiwis walking around undiagnosed and the disease rising by an average of 7% every year, we need to take action.

    Here are the stats:

    • Every day 12 people in Auckland are diagnosed with diabetes
    • One in four Aucklanders are pre-diabetic
    • Diabetes three times more prevalent in Maori & Pacific populations
    • Nearly a quarter of a million Kiwis live with diabetes, 100,000 in Auckland

     

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    Action month is over, how can I continue taking action?

    We love your passion – here’s what you can do:

    1.  Encourage your friends and family to take the risk assessment quiz to find out if they’re likely to be at risk of type 2
    2. Get connected – find us on Facebook and share our posts with your friends.
    3. Educate your community –   if you would like our mobile awareness service or a health promoter to visit your community email susanm@diabetesauckland.org.nz.
    4. Raise funds! Last year we screened 1,570 people for diabetes and helped another 413 people to reduce their risk through our healthy choices program. We couldn’t do it without your support! 

    Get your friends and family together, run a marathon or host a morning tea at your workplace, whatever you choose to do – it will make a big difference! For fundraising support email caitlyno@diabetesauckland.org.nz

     

    Holiday Office Hours

    Our Onehunga office is closed from 22 December 2017 and re-opens 8 January 2018

    We wish all our members and community a wonderful Christmas and a happy New Year

    Online orders placed after 21 December 2017 will be sent on once we open, 8  January 2018

    Auckland Marathon 2017

    Join us for the Auckland Marathon

    On Sunday 29 October Diabetes NZ Auckland Branch will be doing the Auckland Marathon. Come and join us!

    Last year was a fantastic day and experience. We had over 90 runners and walkers take part from the kids marathon right through to the full.

    We work to improve the health and wellbeing of people living with or affected by diabetes throughout Auckland, their families and the support network that surround them.

    How to get involved

    To run and fundraise:

    If you want to sign up to the Auckland Marathon now – go for it!

    Have a group ready to take on take on the marathon? Email us and we can see what group discounts are available to you through us.

    If you can’t take part, you can always volunteer with us. 

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