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


Please note: You do NOT need to enrol with Village Health to attend these classes. Please read this page in it's entirety for instructions on class format, booking and programme details. 

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


For Referrers - please refer via 'Dietitian Services for Adults' on ERMS. Annotate 'Low FODMAP Group Education'. For exclusions, see the 'Irritable Bowel Syndrome' pathway on Healthpathways.





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What is the low FODMAP diet?

The low FODMAP diet is an eating plan that helps improve symptoms in three out of four people with Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS). It is NOT a long term diet. We recommend the diet for 6 weeks to see if symptoms improve.

Symptoms that may improve on a low FODMAP diet include:

  • Pain or discomfort in your stomach
  • Bloating or swelling in your stomach
  • Diarrhea
  • Variable bowel habit alternating between diarrhea and constipation
  • Too much wind

Session Information

These sessions are accessed by referral only. If you have been referred here by your GP, Nurse, Dietitian 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 health professional about being referred to these sessions. Alternatively, check out HealthInfo Canterbury for further information here. 

For Referrers - please refer via ERMS see 'Dietitian Services for Adults', and annotate 'Low FODMAP Group Education'. For criteria and exclusions, see the 'Irritable Bowel Syndrome' pathway on Health pathways.

You will attend two group sessions 7 weeks apart.

On the booking form below, you will see two different class options:

'INTRODUCTION' - book this class if you have not attended a class yet. This class teaches you about the low FODMAP diet and how to follow it for 6 weeks.

'REINTRODUCTION' - book this class if you have been to the first class and have noticed a significant improvement in your symptoms. This class teaches you how to reintroduce the foods you have eliminated the past 6 weeks.

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 2.30pm or 5pm
2nd Session as above
Cost $30 for the first session, $20 for the second session
Location Onsite at Village Health 30 Lincoln Road, or online via ZOOM app
Parking Onsite

*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 significantly 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. If you do not hear back from us, you can simply come along to the session you have booked for. If classes reach capacity before your booking is processed, you will be contacted.

This is the ONLY form you are required to fill in to register for these classes. You do not need to fill out our practice enrolment form.

Please note that you must be referred to this service by your health professional, and that full payment online is required before your booking can 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.