The National Diabetes Scheme (NDSS) has an exciting opportunity for people living with type two diabetes to participate in a pilot for a new, interactive web-based program. The NDSS is an initiative of the Australian Government administered with the assistance of Diabetes Australia.
Developed by the Leicester Diabetes Centre in the UK, MyDesmond which has been adapted for Australian audiences, empowers people living with type 2 diabetes to better self-manage their condition in a way that suits their lifestyle. The program brings together all the content from the face-to-face Diabetes Education and Self Management for Ongoing and Newly Diagnosed (DESMOND) program currently available under the NDSS. It will particularly benefit those living in remote areas of Australia who cannot attend a face–to-face DESMOND workshop. It is also ideal for people who have attended a DESMOND workshop and wish to do a “refresher” course.
MyDesmond includes short videos, learning sessions and interactive activities on health, diet and exercise that registrants can work through on their computer, tablet or smartphone in their own time and at their own pace. Registrants can easily access up-to-date information tailored to their health goals and individual circumstances. This includes the ability to:
• monitor their step count and sync it with Fitbit or Google Fit wearable technology;
• set goals and monitor progress;
• keep a track of HbA1c, blood pressure, cholesterol, weight and waist measurement and activity levels;
• share views and experiences with other MyDesmond users in a peer support chat forum;
• invite their friends and family to support them on their journey; and
• ask a Health Professional any questions they may have.
The MyDesmond Australia pilot will be available to:
1. people diagnosed with type 2 diabetes who are newly registered to the NDSS (registered in the last six months) and who have not participated in DESMOND group education or any other structured diabetes self-management education; and
2. people diagnosed with type 2 diabetes who have participated in a DESMOND face-to-face program in the last 18 months.
How do I get involved?
Expressions of interest are being gathered from people who are willing to use, review and provide valuable feedback on the Australian version of the program. Participation and feedback during this pilot phase will help ensure the program is relevant and effective for Australians living with type 2 diabetes ahead of the national roll out next year.
If you are interested in finding out more about the pilot, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone the NDSS Helpline on 1300 136 588 .