Education vital to managing diabetes

Diabetes educators Di Ledger, Sue Stockdale and Kylie |Mahony.
Diabetes educators Di Ledger, Sue Stockdale and Kylie |Mahony.

The DESMOND program – which stands for Diabetes Education and Self-Management for Ongoing and Newly Diagnosed – will be delivered by Diabetes WA and One Healthy Community educators who are trained to guide participants to take control of their health.

Trainer Sue Stockdale said she was excited to bring the program to the City of Melville, where nearly 6500 people are living with type 2 diabetes.

“Participants can expect to learn real-life skills for managing diabetes across many areas such as food choices, physical activity and medications,” she said.

Diabetes is the fastest growing chronic condition in Australia.

DESMOND Australia general manager Deb Schofield said that for people living with type 2 diabetes, their most valuable health resource was themselves.

“There is evidence to show that better self-management of diabetes can result in significant and sustained weight loss, increased physical activity levels and improved wellbeing,” she said.

The DESMOND program was recently awarded the Primary Health prize at the Rotary Allied Health Excellence Community Awards.

Other Diabetes WA programs offered in Melville include MealSmart, MeterSmart, FootSmart, ShopSmart and CarbSmart.

Contact Diabetes WA on 1300 136 588 or email