06.08.2015 10:34 Age: 4 yrs

Too busy to attend appointments during the week? Why not come to a Desmond Diabetes Program on Saturday!

A diabetes education program for people with Type 2 diabetes is being offered for the first time in the South West on a Saturday.

“DESMOND” - Diabetes Education and Self Management for Ongoing and Newly Diagnosed diabetics - is now available in the South West and is delivered by specially trained facilitators and for the first time is being offered on a Saturday, 03 October 2015.

WA Country Health Service—South West Diabetes Educator Jenny McDonnell said DESMOND is a unique education program designed to support people with Type 2 Diabetes and will help them to become an expert about the disease.

“By the end of the day you will be the person in control and will feel confident making decisions about your diabetes,” Jenny said.

“Up to 10 people take part in the DESMOND program which is built around group activities; however there will be opportunities for individuals to speak to a diabetes educator on their own.

“A DESMOND program will teach you practical skills to manage diabetes.  An opportunity will be provided to discuss and explore factors relating to diabetes, such as food choices, physical activity and medication.

“Partners, a family member or a friend are welcome to attend as well.”

Attending DESMOND is a great way to be able to meet and talk to others in the same situation.   A recent participant said: “The great comfort I found in DESMOND sessions was that they were really about us, the people with diabetes and it wasn’t six hours of, 'you mustn’t do this or that!'”

If you have Type 2 Diabetes and would like more information please contact Primary Health at the South West Health Campus in Bunbury on 9722 1408 to book into a program that is on near you.  You may choose from a full weekday, a Saturday or even two half days….whatever is the most convenient.

For further information please contact:

Jenny McDonnell Diabetes Educator
Primary Health
South West Health Campus
Ph:   9722 1408