FAQs - General Practice
Q. What is 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
• 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
A. Latest information, guidelines and discussion on such topics
- Understanding glucose metabolism
- Managing BGLs
- Nutrition (Glycaemia, food choices, dietary fats)
- Complication risks
- Physical activity
- Self-management planning & goal setting
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
Q. Does it cost anything for my patient to
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Q. Do I need to provide my patient with a
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
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
The evidence behind
What is DESMOND?