FAQs - General Practice

Q. What is DESMOND?

A.   DESMOND (Diabetes Education and Self-management for Ongoing and Newly Diagnosed) is a six-hour group program that focuses on giving people with type 2 diabetes practical skills for managing the condition.




Q. What are the likely benefits associated to a patient attending DESMOND?

 A. DESMOND aims to help participants become more confident in managing their own condition. This program can help the person to:

• lower their HbA1c

• develop a better understanding of diabetes

• improve physical activity levels

• take steps to lose weight

• take steps to quit smoking

• reduce the risk of depression

• improve overall health and wellbeing


Q. What content is covered for my patient in DESMOND?

A. Latest information, guidelines and discussion on such topics as:

  • Understanding glucose metabolism
  • Managing BGLs
  • Medications
  • Nutrition (Glycaemia, food choices, dietary fats)
  • Complication risks
  • Physical activity
  • Self-management planning &  goal setting


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Q. Where is DESMOND delivered?

A. DESMOND is now regularly delivered in multiple venues across Brisbane, Ipswich and the Gold Coast. Diabetes Queensland is striving to deliver more sessions in regional settings in the near future. Click here for upcoming programs dates in Queensland.  


Q. Does it cost anything for my patient to attend?

A. There is no cost to attend DESMOND.


Q. How long does DESMOND go for?

A. DESMOND is delivered as a full day (9am-3.30pm) or two half-day sessions (9am-12pm).


Q. Can my patient bring a family member or support person?

A. Yes. Groups can take up to 10 participants living with diabetes, and each participant can bring a partner or friend with them for support.




Q. Do patients need to make a booking?

A. Yes, bookings are essential for all DESMOND programs. Please ask your patient to contact Diabetes Queensland directly to register. Call 1300 136 588 or email


Q. Do I need to provide my patient with a doctor's referral?

A. No, a doctor's referral is not required although Diabetes Queensland encourages participants to contact their doctor to let them know that they are attending.


Q. How does attending DESMOND affect the GP Management Plan and Team Care Arrangement that I have developed for my patient?

A. It does not affect the Care Planning that you have put in place. However, working with GPs and other health professionals is an integral aspect of the DESMOND program pathway. With the client provided the opportunity to set their own diabetes management goals, this can inform team care arrangement planning, cycle of care review and referral to other services.


Do you have more questions?

Please contact Diabetes Queensland directly on 1300 136 588 or email



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