Western Australians living with type 2 diabetes were amongst the first Australians to enjoy the benefits of using MyDESMOND – a free new online program to help people better self-manage their condition.
Based on its popular self-management workshop DESMOND, Diabetes WA developed the program on behalf of the Commonwealth Government and is currently preparing to make it available to the whole country as part of the Commonwealth’s National Diabetes Service Scheme (NDSS). Diabetes WA general manager of health services Deb Schofield says that during the COVID-19 restrictions in WA, Diabetes WA worked with counterparts in SA and NT to fast track access to the program for people living with diabetes who were nervous about attending face to face diabetes education workshops.
“Diabetes WA already knew that the community was changing how they wanted to access their healthcare,” she said.
“During the COVID-19 restrictions many people were nervous about attending face to face workshops and were isolating at home. We were able to respond quickly and provide support through convenient, accessible digital healthcare options, including making MyDESMOND available. The results are terrific.”
Accessed via a smart phone, tablet or computer, the web-based program has already produced positive results helping to significantly improve health outcomes for those who took part.
Drawing from evidence-based content that includes videos, learning sessions and interactive activities, MyDESMOND empowers people to confidently manage their type 2 diabetes in a way that suits their lifestyle by allowing them to do it at their own pace.
Kerri - who participated in the second pilot phase of MyDESMOND - praised the program for being easily accessible and keeping her motivated.
“MyDESMOND is great because I can refer to it as many times as I please,” she said.
“I was finding it very hard to be motivated to go for a daily walk before MyDESMOND, but with the My Steps feature of the program I have been walking every day. Setting a target and the challenge to meet that target daily has been life changing.”
Throughout the program, participants have the guidance and the support of health professionals, as well as input from other people with type 2 diabetes in order to inform, inspire, and motivate them to adopt small changes that will have a big impact on their health and diabetes management.
“We are thrilled with the positive feedback received from people with type 2 diabetes using and gaining benefit from the program,” Deb said.
“People with type 2 diabetes can connect with others in the MyDESMOND community to support each other and share their experiences.
“It’s fantastic that MyDESMOND is available as an online offering to help people with type 2 diabetes self-manage their diabetes particularly those located in rural and remote communities.”
Kerri adds that MyDESMOND has become a useful tool to help manage her diabetes and recommends it to others.
“I feel great, empowered, supported, informed and healthy,” she said.
“I would highly recommend this program to anyone diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, especially someone newly diagnosed. It is informative, supportive and challenging.”
Register now by visiting ndss.com.au/services/support-programs/mydesmond/.
You must be 18 years or over, have type 2 diabetes and be registered with the NDSS. To register with the NDSS, visit www.diabeteswa.com.au