Benefits of DESMOND

The DESMOND program has been proven to deliver results.

DESMOND is an acronym for Diabetes Education and Self Management for Ongoing and Newly Diagnosed. It is a workshop program providing your patients with practical skills for self-managing type 2 diabetes. Trained multidisciplinary health professionals empower participants to plan potential areas for change, set personalised goals and put them at the centre of their diabetes.

As part of the journey to introduce DESMOND to Australia, Diabetes WA conducted pilot studies that evaluated the efficacy of this program. A 2011 study revealed the DESMOND workshop program led to very real benefits for participants, in terms of their attitude towards self-management, their lifestyle choices and their medical results. The study examined responses from DESMOND participants before the program, one month after the program and six months after the program.

When compared to the pre-program responses, the responses one month after the program indicated DESMOND participants were more likely to:

  • view type 2 diabetes as a serious chronic condition they would have for the rest of their lives
  • recognise there are serious consequences of poorly managed diabetes
  • reduce their consumption of fatty foods
  • increase their physical activity levels (average daily activity, average leisure time activity and number of days per week they engaged in physical activity)
  • show a reduction in their blood pressure.

Responses six months after the program demonstrated a trend toward lower HbA1c and cholesterol.

Further benefits include:

  • Our services are funded outside of the Medicare system; participation in our courses does not take up Medicare rebatable allied health visits
  • Our education is provided by two qualified multidisciplinary health professionals who have backgrounds in nursing, dietetics, pharmacy or exercise physiology.
  • Your patients will be better engaged with all members of their diabetes team and treatments offered
  • All of our patient education sessions are free to patients registered with the NDSS
  • It’s best practice. Referring patients to Diabetes WA services meets RACGP Guidelines and WA Diabetes Standards Framework.

Referral pathway

  1. Make sure your patient is registered with the NDSS. This is crucial, as it means we can then provide our services to them for free. Visit to help your patients complete this simple process.
  2. Fill out the DESMOND referral form and send it to us. Provide your patient with their latest blood test results. We’ll take care of the rest.
    You can find interactive referral forms on this page. Either fax it to us on (08) 9475 0485, scan and send via email or post to PO Box 726, Belmont WA 6984. Our Customer Support Officers will call and book clients into the nearest program location.
  3. You will receive feedback from our health professionals after your patient has attended our service which will help to guide future referral to Medicare funded allied health visits.

Use this link for your patients to read more about the DESMOND program.

For any enquiries please call 1300 001 880 or contact us via email.


Study papers

Davies MJ, Heller S, Skinner TC et al. Effectiveness of the DESMOND programme for people with newly diagnosed type 2 diabetes: cluster randomised controlled trial. BMJ. Published online 14 Feb 2008.

Gillett M, Dallosso HM, Dixon S et al. Delivering the DESMOND programme for people with newly diagnosed type 2 diabetes: cost effectiveness analysis. BMJ 2010; 341: c4093

















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