Diabetes support

 Diabetes Support

With the continued easing of COVID-19 restrictions, Diabetes WA is resuming face-to-face workshops from July for people living with diabetes.
Diabetes WA has a comprehensive COVID19 plan in place to keep you safe during your workshop.
There are some members of our community who are at higher risk of serious illness should they contract COVID-19.  People who fit into any of the following categories should take extra care to protect themselves from infection (this may mean not attending workshops at the moment):

  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people 50 years and older with one or more chronic medical conditions, such as diabetes
  • People 65 years and older with chronic medical conditions
  • People 70 years and older
  • People with compromised immune systems.

To find out more about diabetes workshops or to register your interest, Telephone 1300 001 880 from 8.30am - 4.30pm Monday to Friday.

If you have any questions about your safety when attending one of our workshops, please ask to speak to a Diabetes Educator.

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).

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.
For more information visit the My Desmond website mydesmondaustralia.com.au or Telephone 1300 001 880. 


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.

 Online Support

Whilst face to face programs are returning, Diabetes W.A. is still 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 Monday to Friday.

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

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 by calling 1300 001 880.



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