What is DESMOND?

DESMOND stands for Diabetes Education and Self Management for Ongoing and Newly Diagnosed (DESMOND).

It is a group education program that supports people with type 2 diabetes in identifying their own health risks associated with their condition and then responding by setting specific personalised goals.

The overall aim of the program is to support people with type 2 diabetes to become confident in managing their condition. The benefits of the program have been well documented.

DESMOND originates from the UK where it has been an integral part of the type 2 diabetes standardised care pathway since 2003. In 2011 Diabetes WA became the first organisation to deliver the program in Australia.


How is DESMOND delivered?

DESMOND is a group education program. Group members are encouraged (but not coerced) into participating in group activities and sharing their thoughts, feelings and experiences around type 2 diabetes.

Up to 10 people can participate in one DESMOND session, each participant can bring a support person (partner, family member or friend).

The program is delivered by two qualified DESMOND facilitators in one six hour session.

Which DESMOND is best for my clients?

Diabetes WA runs three variations of the DESMOND program.

The first is the foundation DESMOND, a program designed for adults of all genders and ages who are living with type 2 diabetes.

The second is Walking Away from Diabetes, a program which follows the DESMOND format and philosophy but is designed for people who do not yet have type 2 diabetes and who may yet avoid that diagnosis. Read about what Walking Away can offer your clients.

The third is DESY (Diabetes Education and Self-Management Yarning), a newly adapted and culturally safe program designed for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders. DESY follows the DESMOND philosophy and is facilitated with a trained health professional and aboriginal health worker or practitioner. The program, including training of program facilitators, is now available in all states.

For more information on the DESY program please email

How can I get my clients into a DESMOND program?

If you believe your clients could benefit from taking part in a DESMOND program then encourage them to visit our DESMOND website or call us on 1300 001 880.

You may also like to consider becoming a DESMOND facilitator so that you can deliver the program directly to your clients. Find out more on becoming a facilitator.

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