Chronic Disease Management

Diabetes Education Program (DEP) Team

The Carea Community Health Centre’s Diabetes Education Program (DEP) provides education for patients living with Diabetes. The goal of the program is to empower clients through education and treatment.  The Diabetes Team is also here to offer clients useful tools to positively cope, manage their condition and gain independence in living with diabetes. 

The team consists of Registered Nurses, Registered Dietitians, a program coordinator, a consulting endocrinologist, and supports from a Social Worker and works collaboratively to ensure patients have access to diabetes education, support and resources close to home.
Diabetes Education, Counselling and Support
Registered Dietitians and Registered Nurses: This involves one-to-one counselling, education and support from Diabetes Educators (RN and RD) where the individual is taught to manage their type 2 diabetes or prediabetes.
Social Worker: One on one counselling, for stress and mental health challenges along with support accessing social and community services needed to help you with your diabetes or prediabetes management.
Diabetes Groups: The Carea DEP team offers groups to those that may benefit from an interactive learning environment and are facilitated by Diabetes Educators (RN and RD).
We offer a variety of classes on various days, times and locations. Please contact us for more information. Please revisit our site to see our featured workshops, cooking classes, food demonstrations and webinars when we resume regular programming.

For more information please contact the Diabetes Education Program Team at 905-723-0036 x1268 or see our other program descriptions below on this page.

Your Journey to Wellness - Introductory Class for those with both Type 2 Diabetes and prediabetes.
This program consists of one class facilitated by a Registered Dietitian and a Registered Nurse. They provide adult clients with diabetes and prediabetes with information needed to make lifestyle changes including: What is diabetes?, risks and complications, healthy eating, physical activity, monitoring of blood glucose, medications, sick day management and self-management. This class is offered in morning, afternoon and evening sessions at our Oshawa location and is also offered at both our Pickering and Ajax locations. Call to register.
VON Exercise Class     A gentle and progressive exercise class for people 55+ who want to be active.  Anyone can participate whether from a chair, using an aid or moving independently.  Call to register and join in at any time!
Individual Counselling      The objective of this service is to address individual client needs, goal setting and self-management skills that cannot be addressed in a group session.  The client is assisted in developing personalized action plans which are reviewed at each visit.  Insulin education is also provided in an individual session. Follow up is based on individual need.

Check out our DEP Team's Diabetes Cooking Classes on You Tube!
To Register
Doctor’s referral:  Please ask your doctor or nurse practitioner to fax a referral and up to date lab work to 905-723-3391.
Self-referral:  If you are unable to receive a referral from your doctor or you do not have a family doctor, please contact Diabetes Education Team at 905-723-0036 x1268 and a self-referral package will be mailed out to you.  Once completed, please return the package plus up to date lab work to Carea CHC: Diabetes Education Program.  If you don’t have a family doctor, be sure to check the box on the “Application for Clinical Services” form.

Referral Form 

 In light of the covid-19 pandemic, we understand that it has been difficult for patients to seek and obtain health support and information. Although workshops have been cancelled at Carea until further notice we are happy to provide you and your loved ones with reliable resources to support you with your diabetes management. These resources include handouts and videos about prediabetes, diabetes and healthy lifestyle habits and practices (e.g. eating, exercise). Please click on the links and subheadings below to access each resource.


Healthy Eating Guidelines  
Diabetes Tool Boxes  
Exercise Guidelines

Sick day Guidelines