Programs and Services
Type 2 workshop ‘DESMOND’
Free workshop designed to support people living with type 2 diabetes
The abbreviation DESMOND stands for Diabetes Education and Self Management for Ongoing and Newly Diagnosed. The program recognises that there is no ‘one size fits all’ approach to diabetes management. It is intended to provide you with a welcoming and non-judgemental space where you can plan how you would like to manage your diabetes.
The workshops have demonstrated benefits for participants in both Australia and the UK. Results have shown that DESMOND can help you to:
- lower your HbA1c
- develop a better understanding of diabetes
- improve your physical activity levels
- take steps to lose weight
- take steps to quit smoking
- reduce your risk of depression
- improve your overall health.
What does it involve?
DESMOND workshops focus on providing you with practical skills for managing type 2 diabetes.
It is delivered by specially trained DESMOND educators who will help you to improve your self-management by improving your knowledge and understanding of your condition.
Throughout the workshop, you will discuss the latest information and strategies on healthy food choices, physical activity and medication management. You will be able to consider strategies you might like to adopt or changes you might be ready to make.
The workshop is built around group activities, with participants sharing experiences and talking about what type 2 diabetes means to them. However, if you don’t like the idea of sharing your experiences, you won’t be forced to contribute.
You will also have the chance to speak to a diabetes educator by yourself if you need to.
At the end of the sessions, participants will have information to take home for reference.
Who can attend?
To be eligible to attend a course you must:
- have a diagnosis of type 2 diabetes
- be registered with the National Diabetes Services Scheme
- be at least 18 years old.
What does it cost?
DESMOND is a free workshop for NDSS registrants and Diabetes WA members.
What else do I need to know?
DESMOND is a six-hour workshop, delivered as a full day session or two half day sessions.
Groups can take up to 10 participants living with diabetes, and each participant can bring a partner or friend with them for support.
Diabetes WA is the first organisation to deliver DESMOND in Australia. The program is now operating across the country and in New Zealand.
Where and when can I do a DESMOND workshop?
DESMOND workshops are currently available throughout WA in both metropolitan and regional areas.
How can I secure my seat?
Bookings are essential. To reserve a spot in one of our DESMOND workshops book online or call us on 1300 001 880 (Mon-Fr 8.30am – 4.30 pm).
If you have questions or simply want more information email our DESMOND team or call us on 1300 001 880 (Mon-Fr 8.30am – 4.30 pm).