Award-winning diabetes program returns to Country WA

People living with type 2 diabetes are invited to attend the DESMOND diabetes workshops being held throughout the Wheatbelt and Great Southern regions over the next six months.

Statistics show 6.3 per cent of Northam’s residents and 5.8 per cent of Albany’s are currently living with diabetes – well above the Australian average of 5 per cent – and for every person diagnosed, it is estimated that there is a least one other person living with pre-diabetes or undiagnosed type 2 diabetes.

The free, one-day DESMOND program (or Diabetes Education and Self-Management for Ongoing and Newly Diagnosed) is delivered by educators specially trained by Diabetes WA and are a valuable opportunity for participants to learn how to take control of their own condition.

“We’re looking forward to welcoming people who might be struggling to understand or manage their type 2 diabetes, and are perhaps not sure where to begin,” said Melissa Robinson, DESMOND Project Coordinator at Diabetes WA. “The DESMOND program is the only proven education program in Australia that puts the person with type 2 diabetes in charge of their condition.” “There is strong evidence to show that the program can result in significant and sustained weight loss, increase physical activity levels, and improved wellbeing.”

Sessions will take place from January to June in Northam, Pingelly, Lancelin, Gingin and Bindoon in the Wheatbelt, and Albany, Kendenup and Denmark in the Great Southern.

Katanning resident Norma Blight attended DESMOND in May last year and highly recommends the workshop to everyone living with type 2 diabetes and their support networks.

“Thanks to the DESMOND program I have been able to self-manage my blood glucose levels and eating habits, and the instructor made the sessions interesting and enjoyable,” said Mrs Blight.

“You have nothing to lose by going – just knowing more about the condition is the best way to manage your diabetes health.”