Living with diabetes can be difficult at times and you can feel isolated if you don’t know anyone else others living with diabetes. That’s where Support Groups can be beneficial. They can help to connect you with other people living with diabetes so you can share experiences and information or create new friends and networks. Some Support Groups are run face-to-face, some are online while others are invitation-only Facebook pages.
There are many positive benefits to be gained from connecting with others in similar situation, including:
- Sharing experiences, skills and knowledge, increasing your management skills and motivation
- Meeting new friends
- Feeling more supported and less alone
- Learning tips for accessing health professionals or recommendations
While there are many benefits its important to remember that Support Groups do not
- Replace professional health advice. So before making changes to your diabetes management following discussions at Support Groups you should always check with your diabetes educator or GP.
- Suit everyone. some people prefer to just discuss their diabetes with their healthcare team
- Answer all of your questions
Support Groups running across NSW and the ACT
Central Coast – Toukley Diabetes Support Group
Head 9.30am, on the second Wednesday of the month. The location can vary.
Contact Marlene on 02 4355 1119, email firstname.lastname@example.org
Port Macquarie – JK Healthcare Diabetes Support Group
Held every couple of months on a Thursday. There is usually a speaker.
Contact 02 6583 7717 or 02 6584 2535, email email@example.com
Central NSW – Forbes Support Group
Meets on the second Thursday of every second month at Forbes Ex Services Club, Templar Street.
Contact 02 6853 5125 or 0488 535 121, email firstname.lastname@example.org
Southern Sydney – Engadine Diabetic Support Group
Meets 10.30am the fourth Thursday of the month.
Engadine Bowling Club, Cambrai Avenue, Engadine.
Contact Kevin 02 9520 9347 or 0490 476 260, email email@example.com
Hunter – Lake Macquarie Diabetic Group
Meets 10am, the second Tuesday of the month.
Toronto Workers Club, James Street.
Contact 02 4976 1580, email Ukaj69@gmail.com
Southern NSW – Albury Wodonga Support Group
Day meetings are usually on the fourth Wednesday of March, June and September at 2pm.
Night meetings are usually on the third Wednesday of February, May and October at 7pm.
Annual Guest Lecture Night held in November, on a Wednesday after World Diabetes Day.
Contact Jill Craig 02 6043 1125 or 0400 888 446 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Western Sydney Diabetes Support Group
Meets monthly. Contact them for event dates and times.
Went West Offices, Level 1, 83 Flushcombe Road, Blacktown.
Contact 02 8811 7110, email email@example.com
Meets the last Wednesday of the month at 11.30am at Tradies Club, Dickson.
Contact 02 6248 4500.
Add your support group
If you would like us to add your Support Group to this list, please send the details to by email to firstname.lastname@example.org
JDRF have support groups all across Australia for people living with type 1 diabetes. You’ll find their list of support groups here.
JDRF also have a Peer Support Program which is a network of volunteers connecting people and families who have been affected by type 1 diabetes. More details about the program can be found here.
Read the NDSS factsheet on the benefits of peer support here.