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    2019 Christmas Closedown

    Diabetes NZ Auckland Branch Office:

    Closing on Friday, 20 December 2019

    Reopening Monday, 6 January 2020

    Wishing everyone festive greetings over the holiday break

    Come along and hear Dr Carl Peters

    Dr Carl Peters is a specialist endocrinologist and diabetologist with particular expertise in the management of diabetes in pregnancy, type 1 and type 2 diabetes, lipid and endocrine disorders.
    After training as an endocrinologist in New Zealand, Dr Peters moved to the UK to work as a clinician and clinical researcher at the Institute for Cellular Medicine, Newcastle University. His research work focused on remission of type 2 diabetes.
    Dr Peters works in private practice at the Mercy Specialist Centre, is a Consultant at Waitemata District Health Board, Honorary Senior Lecturer for the University of Auckland, Educational Supervisor for the Royal Australasian College of Physicians and reports bone densitometry for Auckland Bone Density.
    Dr Peters welcomes referrals covering all aspects of endocrinology, diabetes, diabetes in pregnancy and internal medicine.

    When: Wednesday, 16 October 2019 (7 – 8.30pm)

    Where: 55 Hugo Johnston Drive, Penrose, Auckland 1061

    Diabetes NZ Auckland Branch will also have a short AGM at this event.

    Graeme Mack Research Fund

    The Graeme Mack Research Fund is now accepting submissions for 2019.

    Graeme Mack was a successful accountant with Stewart & Co based in Panmure, Auckland retiring in 1995. He was educated at Auckland Grammar and was a proud Aucklander. He was married to Elizabeth Mack, a much-loved dietitian at Auckland Public Hospital particularly by the Pacific staff whom she worked closely with. They lived in Remuera with a large garden. In his forties he developed type 2 diabetes, which he managed through diet and an active life style. Graeme and his wife travelled widely, enjoyed gardening and made many lifelong friends. Wharekaho (Simpson’s Beach) was also a holiday base for them both. Graeme actively managed his diabetes and lived a long and fulfilled life. He left significant funds to many charities in his will upon his death in 2011.  Diabetes NZ Auckland Branch received the sum of $1,050,000 in April 2015.

    Purpose of the fund according to the will of Graeme Douglas Mack: The bequest is to be used for research grants to suitable persons engaged in research relating to diabetes and such grants to be made at the discretion of the Board (Auckland Branch Committee).

    For an application form please email: office@diabetesauckland.org.nz

    The closing date for applications is Friday, 3 May 2019.

     

    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 17th December 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.

    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

    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?

    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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