Diabetes Young People SIG (Youth and Young Adults)
The Diabetes Young People special interest group (DYPSIG) was established in 2016 as a forum for health professionals in New Zealand, who work with young people aged 15-25 years with diabetes, to connect and to discuss issues they face in practice. Young people with diabetes can be a challenging group to work with given the social and psychological stressors within these transitional years, therefore health professionals should be skilled and diabetes services should be well-resourced to work with this population of New Zealanders. DYPSIG ‘s communication network of health professionals who work with youth with diabetes aged 15-25 years aims to work collectively on specific strategies/projects suitable for young people with diabetes with the purpose of:
Encouraging networking, innovation and ease of communication for health professionals working with similar populations.
Identifying resourcing issues for health professionals from around New Zealand, as these will impact on how each region works with their youth.
Reducing barriers of communication for health professionals who may work in a limited resource area.
Developing projects that are aligned with national and international recommendations.
Creating links with other organisations who work with similar age groups but not specific to diabetes.