Welcome to our Low-FODMAP Group Education site for adults with Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)!

Village Health runs the Low-FODMAP Group Education Sessions in Christchurch for adults with IBS. These sessions are run by our expert dietitian at Village Health. For more information about our Dietitian Services offered at Village Health, click here.

For GPs and Practice Nurses - for criteria, exclusions and request process see 'Dietitian Services for Adults' on Community Health Pathways.

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Session Information

These sessions are accessed by referral only. If you have been referred here by your GP, Nurse or Specialist and you have received a text confirmation, please read on and book into one of our upcoming sessions. If you have stumbled across this page and you have IBS, you may be eligible to attend! Please discuss with your GP, Practice Nurse or Specialist about being referred to these sessions. Alternatively, check out HealthInfo Canterbury for further information here. 

For GPs and Practice Nurses - for criteria, exclusions and request process see 'Dietitian Services for Adults' on Community Health Pathways.

You will attend two group sessions 7 weeks apart. Group sessions hold 8-12 people, so book in quick! Sessions are held either in the afternoon or evening. Please refer to the booking form for dates and times.

1st Session 2:30 pm - 4:00 pm; or 5.45 pm - 7.15 pm
2nd Session 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm; or 5.45 pm - 6.45 pm
Cost $30 for the first session, $20 for the second session
Location Village Health, 30 Lincoln Rd
Parking Onsite or on Domain Terrace

*The two sessions are charged separately, and you must book each session separately. Please note this must be paid at the time of booking, and is non-refundable.


In the initial 90 minute session you will learn how to follow the Low-FODMAP diet for 6 weeks. You will receive written information about low- and high-FODMAP foods, a shopping guide, a meal plan, and recipes.

In the second 60 minute session you will learn how to reintroduce FODMAP foods into your diet, to assess the FODMAPs that you tolerate and which trigger your symptoms. This second session is for those whose symptoms have gone away, or have improved after following the low-FODMAP diet for 6 weeks.

Booking Information

To book into a session, please fill out the form below with your details. Once completed you will receive an email with payment information. Once payment is processed a confirmation text will be sent with your allocated date.

Please note that you must be referred to this service by your GP, nurse or medical specialist, and that full payment online is required before your booking will be confirmed.

Please include your last name and FODMAP as payment reference.

Enquiry Form



What are FODMAPs?

'FODMAPs' are short-chain carbohydrates that are not easily absorbed by the small intestine. They pass into the large intestine where bacteria 'ferments' (breaks down) the carbohydrates and water is drawn into the gut. These factors can be the cause of IBS symptoms. Not everyone responds to FODMAP foods in the same way.

FODMAP stands for:

Fermentable - Fermentation is the process whereby carbohydrates are not digested in the small intestine, so they pass into the large intestine to be broken down by resident bacteria

Oligosaccharides - This includes Fructans (i.e. wheat, rye, onions and garlic), and Galacto-oligoscachrides (GOS) (i.e. legumes - baked beans, chickpeas, lentils)

Disaccharides - This is Lactose, which is the milk sugar (i.e. cow's milk, yoghurt, soft cheese)

Monosaccharides - This is Fructose, which is found naturally in some fruits (i.e. apples, pears, mangoes), honey, high fructose corn syrup


Polyols - This includes Sorbitol (i.e. apricots, boysenberries, chewing gum,
sweeteners) and Mannitol (i.e. mushrooms, cauliflower)

For more information about some of these FODMAPs, check out the information below.

Frequently Asked Questions


This FAQ section is designed for those that have attended the sessions and have a few questions. You may find your answer here, or it may provide you with knowledge you did not previously have! These FAQ's are not designed to be used in isolation from the group sessions.