Managing diabetes

Managing diabetes


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 diabetes.


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.


What's involved?

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 you.


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 Coast


Regional Programs also scheduled for Gladstone, Innisfail, Mackay, Kingaroy, Rockhampton, Laidley, Beaudesert and Hervey Bay


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 visit our What's On section. 

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