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Diabetes camps are offered to children with Type 1 Diabetes in WA. They are run in partnership with Diabetes WA, Perth Children's Hospital and Lotterywest and give children the opportunity to make new and lasting friendships.

Children can engage in a range of fun and exciting activities such as rafting, swimming, abseiling and craft, as well quiz and disco nights. Children are supervised by nursing staff at all times to ensure a safe and relaxed environment.

As well as having fun, children can build their confidence in diabetes management and by sharing tips and coping mechanisms.

Past feedback has been overwhelmingly positive, with children enjoying making new friends and having fun, while feeling relaxed and in safe hands. Camps also give children the chance to enhance their relationship with the PCH diabetes team.

DETAILS

Dates and times: Camps are held twice a year in the term 1 and term 3 school holidays.

Age groups for camps are: 9 to 10 year-olds in the latter part of the year and 11 to 12-year-olds in the earlier session. Ages have to be within target at the time of the camp.

Locations: Camps sites include Woodman Point in South Fremantle, Point Walter in Bicton and Ern Halliday in Hillarys. All sites are owned and run by the Department of Sport and Recreation.

Camp staff: Several PCH diabetes staff attend each camp, including nurse educators, dieticians, social workers and doctors.

For more information, contact Clinic Coordinator Luise Russell at luise.russell@health.wa.gov.au