Dose Adjustment For Normal Eating (DAFNE) is a 5-day program for adults with type 1 diabetes who are not using an insulin pump.
The DAFNE program is run by experienced diabetes nurse educators and dietitians. It covers important aspects of living with type 1 diabetes - namely carbohydrate counting and insulin dose adjustment.
In the carbohydrate counting sessions you learn how to work out the amount of carbohydrate in your food. This involves practical activities with real food, photographs of food, food models and food packets. There are also discussions about snacks, recipes, eating out, alcohol and sweeteners.
In the insulin dose adjustment sessions you learn
- how to check if your background ('basal') insulin dose is correct and
- how to adjust your quick-acting ('bolus') insulin dose to match the amount of carbohydrate in the food you want to eat.
In the remaining sessions you learn to manage things like hypoglycaemia, exercise, illness and ketones.
There are also discussions about setting goals and about preventing diabetes complications.
DAFNE programs are run in small groups of 6 to 8 people so that you can share experiences and learn from others with type 1 diabetes.
In fact, many of our DAFNE participants have said that learning from others and being in a group environment was their favourite part of DAFNE!
"I am grateful every day for the freedom that DAFNE has given me to manage my diabetes."
DAFNE is available in cities and regional areas across Australia.
Each DAFNE program runs from 9am to 5pm for 5 days. This can be 5 days in a row (Monday to Friday) or 1 day a week for 5 weeks (for example, 5 Thursdays in a row).
If you are interested in learning more about DAFNE or booking into a program, fill in the form below and a DAFNE team member from your nearest centre will contact you.