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
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.
DESMOND focuses on providing you with practical skills for
managing 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 discuss 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.
DESMOND sessions are 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 will be
advertised soon. Contact us to find a DESMOND program near
What else do I need to know?
DESMOND is a six-hour program, 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.
DESMOND runs regularly in Brisbane, Ipswich and the Gold
Regional Programs also scheduled for Gladstone,
Innisfail, Mackay, Kingaroy, Rockhampton, Laidley, Beaudesert and
Bookings are essential for all DESMOND programs. To reserve a
spot on one of our next DESMOND courses or if you simply want to
know more about the program call us on the NDSS Helpline
1300 136 588 or email
To keep up to date with all of our events and programs please
What's On section.