Bindoon type 2 diabetes patients offered DESMOND program to manage condition


DESMOND facilitators Di Ledger, Sue
Stockdale and Kylie Mahony.
DESMOND facilitators Di Ledger, Sue Stockdale and Kylie Mahony.

Nearly 7 per cent of Bindoon’s population has a type of diabetes, and the percentage of those with type 2 diabetes (of all cases of diabetes) is 95.5 per cent, 9 per cent higher than the national average.

In response to these statistics, Diabetes WA and Silverchain will host an education program for the first time for people with type 2 diabetes.

The award-winning Diabetes Education and Self-Management for Ongoing and Newly Diagnosed (DESMOND) program will be held at Chittering Health Service in Bindoon next Thursday, April 21.

“We’re looking forward to welcoming people to this session who might be struggling to understand or manage their type 2 diabetes, and are perhaps not sure where to begin,” Diabetes WA development project co-ordinator Melissa Robinson said.

“The DESMOND program is the only proven education program in Australia that puts the person with type 2 diabetes in charge of their condition.”

Diabetes is the fastest-growing chronic condition in Australia.

The DESMOND program was recently awarded the primary health prize at the Rotary Allied Health Excellence Community Awards, which recognises significant achievements made by allied health professionals.

For details or to book a place, contact Diabetes WA on 1300 136 588 or bookings@diabeteswa.com.au.