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Counties Manukau Health Diabetes

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What is Diabetes ? 
Diabetes is a disease in which the amount of glucose (sugars) in the blood is too high. This occurs when the body does not produce enough of, or cannot properly use, the hormone insulin. Insulin enables glucose from the blood to enter cells which use it for energy.
Type I diabetes: can occur in children and adults and happens when the body attacks the cells in the pancreas that make insulin. Eventually no insulin or very little insulin is produced.
Type II diabetes: is the most common form of diabetes and is usually found in adults but is occurring in younger people, even in some obese children.  It occurs when the body is not making enough insulin or when the body's cells become resistant to insulin and the insulin produced is ineffective.
Healthcare professionals involved in the management of diabetes include:
  • diabetes specialists or diabetologists - doctors who are specialised in diabetes care
  • diabetes nurse specialists (DNS)
  • dietitians
  • podiatrists


Diabetes Services Provided by Counties Manukau Health
Diabetes clinics are held at multiple locations as shown below.


Referral Expectations

Your referral to the diabetes clinic will be prioritised (given a position on a list of other referrals) depending on how severe your diabetes is. You may be asked to undergo some tests or fill in a questionnaire before seeing the health professional in the clinic.

You will see a diabetes nurse specialist at your appointment who you may continue to see for ongoing help with the management of your diabetes.  You may see other specialists who are part of the diabetes team such as a specialist doctor who may be a registrar (a doctor training to become a specialist who works under the supervision of a specialist). You may also see a dietitian or a podiatrist.  
You may be seen on 1:1 basis or be invited to come to group education.

You may have ongoing follow-up in the clinic or have your treatment carried out by your GP with advice from the specialist. The diabetes service has clinics at some GP practices.

Other clinics are held at the following locations:

Manukau SuperClinic™ (ph: 09 277 1613)

  • Diabetes Nurse Specialists (DNS)
    Clinics are held here on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays.  
  • Dietitians clinics are held on Mondays and Fridays
  • Podiatrists
    Run ulcer clinics on Mondays and high risk community clinics on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays at a variety of locations
  • Pregnancy and Pre-conception Diabetes Clinics
    Attended by consultant obstetricians, dietitians and midwives. Run every Tuesday from 12.30 to 4pm by Womens Health

Botany SuperClinic™
  (ph: 09 277 1660) 

  • Diabetes Nurse Specialists (DNS)
    Clinics are held here every Monday. 
  • Dietitians
    Clinics are held on Mondays 

Māngere Health Centre
6 Waddon Place, Māngere
Ph (09) 255 0610
Click here for a map.

Pukekohe Hospital (ph: 09 238 8072)

  • YADS (Young Adult Clinic)
    Clinic is held here once a fortnight alternating with frail elderly

Ōtara Clinic
112 Bairds Road
Auckland 2023

  • Diabetes Nursing, dietitian and Podiatry
  • Tuesday or Thursday

Check with your local GP if they offer a clinic.

Middlemore Hospital
Whitiora Diabetes is an administrative office only. Patients are generally not seen here. 


There are no charges for services to public patients if you are lawfully in New Zealand and meet one of the Eligibility Directions specified criteria set by the Ministry of Health.  If you do not meet the criteria, you will be required to pay for the full costs of any medical treatment you receive during your stay.

To check whether you meet the specified eligibility criteria, visit the Ministry of Health website.

For any applicable charges, please phone the Accounts Receivable Office on (09) 276 0060.

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Contact Details

This page was last updated at 12:44PM on July 4, 2022. This information is reviewed and edited by Counties Manukau Health Diabetes.