Diabetes support

Group programs closed

In the interest of public health during the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19), the City has closed its face to face group health programs until further notice. Please see below for ON-LINE program options, resources and links to further support. Usual programs will be re-opened when we are fully comfortable that they are safe for users.

 Diabetes support during isolation

Whilst face to face programs are temporarily suspended, Diabetes W.A. is offering a great deal of online support and advice.

Diabetes WA Helpline and Telehealth Service for all metro and regional areas: Telephone 1300 001 880  from 8:30am - 4:30pm Mon. to Fri.

Webinars covering varying subjects of interest such as 'Staying SANE in the Pandem-onium' and 'The Glucose Story' are available to all.
Register by calling the information line above.

MyDESMOND workshop is now available online to all Western Australians living with type 2 diabetes, registered on the NDSS and aged 18 and over.
This is an ongoing web-based diabetes self management program which empowers people to confidently self manage type 2 diabetes in a way                  that suits their lifestyle. Register your interest to participate opens in a new window and find more information. 

Links to support during isolation:

Connect to Diabetes information session

Proudly supported by the City and hosted by Diabetes WA, Connect with Diabetes is a free diabetes information session for people who are at risk of diabetes, people living with type 2 diabetes, or anyone who would like to know a bit more about the condition.

The information session enables you to:

  • Find out if you or your family are at risk

  • Better understand diabetes and the importance of self-management

  • Find out what you are entitled to receive under the NDSS

  • Find out about local health services

  • Make small changes to live a healthier life with your loved ones

The information session runs for 2.5 hours.

Many people attend this diabetes information event before they do more advanced workshops such as DESMOND workshops (see below).

To find out more or to register your interest in upcoming sessions, please contact us [link to ‘More information and contacts] below.

DESMOND workshop

DESMOND stands for Diabetes Education and Self-Management for Ongoing and Newly Diagnosed.
Proudly support by the City, and hosted by Diabetes WA, DESMOND is a free workshop that provides practical skills for managing type 2 diabetes.
Results have shown that DESMOND can help you to:

  • Lower your hba1c

  • Develop a better understanding of diabetes

  • Improve your physical activity levels

  • Take steps to lose weight

  • Take steps to quit smoking

  • Reduce your risk of depression

  • Improve your overall health.

Throughout the workshop, the group will discuss the latest information and strategies on healthy food choices, physical activity and medication management. You will be able to consider strategies you might like to adopt or changes you might be ready to make.


Practical workshops - 2-3 hrs
  • Living with Insulin - Using insulin to treat your dibetes, including equipment.

  • Ready, Set, Go, Lets Move - Advice on how to improve your diabetes with exercise.

  • Insulin Pump Workshop - Understand your pump better.

The SMART Series

2 to 3 hour workshops addressing specific issues.

  • CarbSmart - Learn about the different types and amounts of carbs that are best for you.

  • FootSmart - Will teach you all you need to know about checking and caring for your feet.

  • MedSmart - Understand what your medications are, what they do and who to ask for further information.

  • MonitorSmart - Practical skills to monitor and act on your blood glucose readings.

  • ShopSmart - A supermarket tour to help you understand food labels and what foods are right for you. - Also delivered in Chinese.

Who can attend?

To be eligible to attend a course you must:

  • Have a diagnosis of type 2 diabetes

  • Be registered with the National Diabetes Services Scheme

  • Be at least 18 years old.

DESMOND is a free workshop for NDSS registrants and Diabetes WA members.

More information and contact

To find out more about diabetes workshops or to register your interest, email or contact the Healthy Cockburn team on 9411 3444.

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