Learn how to look after your type 2 diabetes

DESMOND stands for ‘Diabetes Education Self-Management for Ongoing and Newly Diagnosed’. The DESMOND program can help people living with type 2 diabetes manage their diabetes better. DESMOND allows people to share their story and learn about diabetes in a group setting.

The DESMOND program will:

  • give you a chance to share your story of living with diabetes
  • help you understand what type 2 diabetes really means
  • allow you to learn from each other
  • help you learn how to look after their type 2 diabetes

You will learn about:

  • food choices
  • physical activity
  • medications

DESMOND can be a 1 day program (6 hours) or 2 shorter days (3 hours each day).


What people say about DESMOND

… how good it is to see and hear what other people are going through or have been through so that you know that you are not alone.” – Busselton woman

I’ve learned more today than I’ve learned in six years about diabetes. I reckon’ DESMOND is wicked.” – Harvey man

“Not everyone talks about their health and when everyone is sitting around, having a yarn, you learn about others, and yourself, freely expressing and sharing information.” – Manjimup man

“They explained and showed us what was happening, instead of just telling us…” – Carnarvon woman

“Now I realise that we can all work at our own pace and accomplish our own goals. We could ask questions today and get answers, which has not been the case with our doctors. We came with our stories and questions and got answers and actually, we all answered those questions and learned from each other.” – Harvey woman

“You allowed us to speak. You didn’t come in here and tell us how it is supposed to be. Noongars have their own feelings and their own opinions and ways to be and it has been valuable to have you here, letting us ask questions and get answers, from each other. We all look out for each other and this information is useful and helpful so that we can do that.” – Harvey woman


If you want to go to a DESMOND program please speak to your local health service or contact Diabetes WA on 1300 001 880.



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