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Diabetes Telemedicine - The Southern Experience 

Dr Ben Wheeler, Southern DHB and University of Otago paediatric endocrinologist will present on his experience in setting up a new telemedicine service to deliver diabetes clinics to children and adolescents from the southern region. These clinics have received widespread attention from media and health services with Australasia. Ben, one of only two paediatric endocrinologists in the South Island, provides paediatric diabetes services across the Otago region and beyond (the largest geographical region for paediatric endocrinology in New Zealand).


The presentation will outline the approach Ben, his team, and the DHB took, the value he, the team, and his patients have gained from the service, and how challenges have been overcome. Ben's presentation will cover the potential of using telehealth to manage paediatric patients with diabetes or other long term conditions across the South Island, and beyond.




Dr Ben Wheeler is an academic Paediatric Endocrinologist and Senior Lecturer working for the University of Otago and the Southern District Health Board. He has a research interest in paediatric diabetes, and diabetes related technologies. In addition he has a clinical interest in applying technology into paediatric diabetes practice, and has set up, and now runs regular paediatric tele-diabetes clinics within the southern region, most frequently to Central and North Otago. Subsequently he has advised on tele-diabetes applications to organisations within Australia and New Zealand.

He also contributes to several national and international paediatric diabetes and endocrinology organisations, including as current chair of the South Island Alliance Paediatric Diabetes Working Group, and lead for the research work stream of the Paediatric Society of New Zealand National Clinical Network for Child and Adolescent Diabetes.


Ben Wheeler

Paediatric Endocrinologist

Southern DHB & University of Otago


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