An award winning self-management program designed to support people living with type 2 diabetes
What is DESMOND?
Diabetes Education and Self-Management for Ongoing and Newly Diagnosed (DESMOND) is an education program 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 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 focuses on providing you with practical skills for managing type 2 diabetes.
It is delivered by trained DESMOND educators who will help you to optimise your self-management through improved knowledge and understanding of your condition.
Throughout the program you will discuss the latest information and guidelines 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
You are welcome to attend with your carer or partner.
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.
DESMOND in Australia is in collaboration with DESMOND UK and is now operating across the country and in New Zealand.