Nanaimo Paediatric Diabetes Education Centre

Services available for children and adolescents with type 1 or type 2 diabetes who are under care of a Pediatrician and/or Endocrinologist.

Individual appointments

Appointments available with the following providers:

  • Diabetes Nurse Educator
  • Registered Dietitian
  • Child Life Specialist
  • Child Psychologist
  • Pediatrician or Pediatric Endocrinologist

Hours of Operation

9:00a.m. - 4:30p.m. Monday to Friday (closed on Stat Holidays).

Diabetes Education

Comprehensive Diabetes Management Education and Support for Children and their Families (including but not limited to):

  • Initial diagnosis education and ongoing support
  • Three month follow-up with diabetes multidisciplinary team (as recommended by the Canadian Diabetes Association Clinical Practice Guidelines for diabetes management in children and adolescents)
  • Blood sugar monitoring information/certification
  • Insulin starts and adjustments for injection regimens

  • Initial pump training and education for advanced pump management
  • Carbohydrate counting
  • Nutrition counseling for all types of diabetes
  • Continuous glucose monitoring assessment for children with unpredictable blood sugars

  • Review of medical and psychosocial concerns from child and family
  • Individual and group psychotherapeutic interventions to children, youth and/or family members
  • Support offered by child life specialist to assist with challenging events and development of coping skills, as well as therapeutic and diversional play
  • Hemoglobin A1C testing when indicated
  • Information about diabetes related community events
  • Referral to Transitional services as the adolescent approaches adulthood