Managing diabetes

Managing diabetes


What is DESMOND?

DESMOND is a self-management education course for people living with type 2 diabetes. 


This one day course will help you understand and manage the changes type 2 diabetes can bring to your life. Meet and share experiences with others while working with DESMOND educators to develop your own personal health plan.


DESMOND can help you to:

  • increase your understanding of diabetes
  • be more physically active
  • take steps to lose weight
  • lower your blood glucose levels
  • take steps to quit smoking
  • improve your overall health.


What's involved?

DESMOND focuses on providing you with practical skills for living well with type 2 diabetes.


It is delivered by specially trained DESMOND educators who will help you to improve your self-management by improving your knowledge and understanding of your condition.


Throughout the program you will receive the latest information and strategies 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 DESMOND course 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.


Sessions will run regularly across Brisbane, Ipswich and the Gold Coast. In addition, this year Diabetes Queensland will be taking DESMOND around Queensland. These locations and dates are listed on our events calendar. Find a session near you


What else do I need to know?

DESMOND is a six-hour course, delivered as a full day. Groups can take up to 10 participants living with diabetes, and each participant can bring a partner or friend with them for support. There is no cost to attend DESMOND but bookings are essential.


DESMOND runs regularly in Brisbane, Ipswich and the Gold Coast.


Regional Programs  are run regularly, please check our What's On page under 'Locations' to find programs in your area.


Bookings are essential for all DESMOND sessions. To reserve a spot on one of our next DESMOND courses or if you simply want to know more about the course call us on 1300 136 588  or email 



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To keep up to date with all of our events and programs please visit our  What's On section. 

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