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Dunedin Community Exercise Programme receives funding from Well South Primary Health Network, 2015

Wednesday, 11 February 2015

Dunedin Community Exercise Programme (DCEP)

WellSouth is proud to fund the University of Otago, School of Physiotherapy’s Dunedin Community Exercise Programme. This is a free programme for people who have diabetes or risk factors for developing diabetes, plus any support people they wish to bring along.


The programme was first offered in 2008 as a joint community and teaching initiative. The class has been the initiative of the School of Physiotherapy, however it has also been championed by engagement and support from Mornington Heath Centre, Diabetes Otago and Unipol Recreation Services. The programme has consistently been funded by the School of Physiotherapy, but also from grants from Well Dunedin Health Trust.

The idea of an exercise class for people with long term health conditions run by trained health professionals provided a novel community service. As a teaching initiative the exercise class gave students the opportunity to work with people who have long term health conditions and to provide exercise prescription. Exercise prescription is increasingly seen as a key skill for physiotherapists, particularly given the increasing prevalence of long term health conditions and the evidence that exercise can make a very positive change to many people with such conditions

For further information on research, teaching, and clinical practice associated with DCEP

Joining up to the Programme

If you are interested in joining the programme please take a look at our course information page: