Programs and Services
DESMOND (type 2)
The Diabetes Education and Self Management for Ongoing and Newly Diagnosed (DESMOND) program is an education course designed to support people living with type 2 diabetes.
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 program has demonstrated benefits for participants in both Australian 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 focuses 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 program, 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 program 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 program.
Where can I do a DESMOND?
DESMOND is currently available throughout WA in both metropolitan and regional areas.
What else do I need to know?
DESMOND is a six-hour program, delivered as a full day session.
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.
Bookings are essential for all DESMOND programs. To reserve a spot on one of our next DESMOND courses call us on 1300 001 880 or book online.
If you have questions or simply want more information email our DESMOND team or call us on 1300 001 880.