People with type 2 diabetes will have the opportunity to learn about the condition at a series of free workshops being held in Southland. WellSouth is hosting a workshop in Lumsden on Tuesday, July 26, at the Lumsden Community Centre from 9am to 3.30pm. WellSouth Primary Health Network nursing director Wendy Findlay said the workshop, called Desmond (diabetes education and self-management for ongoing and newly diagnosed), was a well-established programme for the health network. The training was carried out by a registered nurse and dietitian. ‘‘We’re wanting people to learn a bit more about their condition and look after themselves better,’’ Mrs Findlay said. ‘‘The more information they have around their condition, the healthier they will remain,’’ she said. WellSouth had received positive feedback from people who had attended the workshops. People had said it was the best education about diabetes they had had, she said. ‘‘It’s great for the organisation to feel we are making a difference.’’ WellSouth held a diabetes workshop in Gore in May, the maximum number of 10 people attending. It was considering holding another workshop in Gore, depending on demand, Mrs Findlay said. The Desmond programme was new to New Zealand. ‘‘We’ve chosen Desmond because it’s evidence-based and has very good results.’’ Desmond workshops will be held throughout Southland and Otago. WellSouth was trying to get it to small towns so people did not have to travel. ‘‘We’re trying to meet the needs of the community rather than having it in the main centres.’’ WellSouth was also working on a workshop for pre-diabetic people, to help prevent diabetes, Mrs Findlay said. The programme was being set up and would probably be held in Gore later this year, she said. There were spaces left in the Lumsden workshop but registrations were essential. People can register by phoning 0800 800-249. Support people are welcome.