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What is Self–Management?

Self-management is the active participation of individuals in achieving their best health and wellness. This involves gaining the confidence, knowledge and skills to manage physical, social and emotional aspects of life in partnership with health care teams and community support.


Self-management of chronic diseases has many advantages.  It gives the person control of their own condition.  It allows them to lift their self-esteem, provide symptom relief and improve their quality of life.  A person living living a chronic disease has a central role in managing their illness or condition, including healthy eating, physical activity, monitoring and administering medications and making informed decisions.


The disadvantage of self-management is that it is very challenging. It requires behavioural change, motivation and support.


What is the difference between Diabetes Education Programs and Self-Management Programs?

Diabetes Education Programs are delivered by health care providers with expertise in diabetes. They teach self-management of diabetes, and offer expertise in understanding the disease and how to manage it. They offer initial education to individuals and families as well as on-going follow-up which is essential in managing diabetes.  To self-refer to a Diabetes Educaton Program, complete a self-referral form.


Self-Management programs are delivered by peer leaders (lay people trained by health care providers) to provide self-management support and guidance to individuals and families who have been living with diabetes or other chronic conditions. These programs are a structured 6 week program to compliment diabetes education programs. 

Who should attend a Self-Management program?

  • People with Chronic Health Conditions and their Caregivers
  • People with multiple chronic conditions (defined as any long-term physical or mental health issues)
  • Conditions can include:
    • Diabetes
    • Kidney Disease
    • Arthritis
    • Lung Disease (including COPD, Asthma)
    • Heart Disease
  • Participants must be able to set goals and function in a group setting

To learn more about self-management programs in our region, click here 


How do I become trained to lead a Self-Management Program?

Leader Training:

To be trained to lead volunteer sessions for participants you must:

  • Attend a free 4 day training workshop led by 2 Master Trainers
  • Lead 1 complete workshop with two leaders within 6 months of training.

Master Training:

To be responsible for training leaders and to also lead sessions for participants you must:

  • Attend a free 4 ½ day group session led by two T-Trainers
  • Lead 2 complete 6 week workshops within 6 months of training.


For more information, visit: www.wwselfmanagement.ca


For more information or to register call
Self-Management Administrative Assistant
519-947-1000 x 255 or 1-866-337-3318



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