Diabetes (DECNET)



The diabetes education program, DECNET, provides free diabetes counselling, support and management for individuals and groups at South Riverdale Community Health Centre as well as various community locations. Our programs and services are available for adults with pre-diabetes and type 2 diabetes as well as specific communities at risk for diabetes including newcomers and immigrants as well as individuals who may be experiencing homelessness, mental health and/or substance use challenges.

The Diabetes Education Community Network of East Toronto (DECNET) originated in 2002 as a hospital-based partnership with South Riverdale Community Health Centre (SRCHC), East End Community Health Centre (EECHC) and Toronto East General Hospital (TEGH) with a recent partnership expansion to include Access Alliance Multicultural Health and Community Services. The program, funded by the Toronto Central Local Health Integration Network (TCLHIN), now lives in the community and continues to work closely with our partner organizations.



The DECNET Team is an interprofessional team of diabetes education specialists comprised of registered nurses, registered dietitians, registered social worker, outreach worker and program assistants who work collaboratively to provide comprehensive, holistic diabetes care, education and support.


Our catchment area extends from east of the Don Valley including the lower east Don (Rivertowne) and west of Warden Ave., north of Lakeshore Blvd. and south of St. Clair Ave./O’Connor Ave./Eglinton Ave.


  • South Riverdale Community Health Centre – 955 Queen Street East
  • South Riverdale Community Health Centre – 1245 Danforth Avenue
  • East End Community Health Centre – 1619 Queen Street East
  • Crescent Town Health Centre – 4 Crescent Town
  • Crescent Town Club & Community Centre
  • Access Point on the Danforth (APOD) – 3079 Danforth Avenue
  • Albany Medical Clinic – 807 Broadview Avenue
  • Numerous Community Locations (Outreach)


All DECNET programs and services are free. Some diabetes services and programs are offered in Chinese and South Asian languages. Interpretation is also available in most languages with advance request.

TTC and childcare are available upon advance request. Caregivers and family are welcome.

A doctor’s referral is not necessary to access our services. We do however very much appreciate receiving referrals from, and working collaboratively with, a range of health care professionals and service providers.

After clinic hours (or while you wait for your DECNET appointment), these resources from the Canadian Diabetes Association may help you:

For further information on any of the programs below or to register for programs, please call us at (416) 461-9042.


Healthy and delicious meals prepared in our community kitchen with a dietitian and other people living with type 2 diabetes or pre-diabetes. Focus is on skill development and healthy eating.
The Diabetes in the Real World Committee (DRW- advocacy group) examines the broader systemic, community and world issues that impact diabetes management.
Dietitians and Nurse Educators One-to-one counselling, education and support with a diabetes educator (RN or RD) about managing type 2 diabetes or pre-diabetes. Self-management is encouraged where possible. Social Worker
A general assessment is an initial, individual appointment with a diabetes educator. Meet with diabetes nurse educator or dietitian to: learn about diabetes learn about available services and programs identify individual learning needs establish individual goals receive free glucometer and training
An informal discussion group led by a registered dietitian and a peer program assistant. No set topics - topics and activities decided by participants. Families and cargivers welcome. No registration necessary.
Informal discussions and healthy meals prepared in our community kitchen with a Chinese-speaking dietitian, nurse, and other people living with type 2 diabetes or pre-diabetes. Caregivers are welcome. Registration required. 
Group counselling, education and support for individuals with type 2 diabetes and pre-diabetes, for those indviduals who can benefit from a group learning environment. Groups are facilitated by registered diabetes educators (RN and RD) as well as a registered social worker.
A hands-on, drop-in support group for anyone with Pre or Type 2 Diabetes and lived experience of the mental health system. Themes based on group interests, including content related to coping with mental health challenges and diabetes. No registration necessary. Just show up – 4th floor SRCHC (955 Queen Street East).  
DECNET is involved in a number of community outreach initiatives designed to reach out to individuals who may experience barriers to health and health care access and who may also be impacted by diabetes. Attempts are therefore made to engage with people where they connect. Some examples include (but not limited to):
Group education and counselling for individuals with pre-diabetes. Focus is on providing information and tools to help prevent the onset of type 2 diabetes amongst high-risk groups.