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Exciting new health education program launches in July

July sees a refresh of our education program for people living with diabetes, with some exciting changes ahead.

We understand that diabetes is a chronic condition that requires a person to make many daily decisions and undertake complex activities to best manage their diabetes.

Diabetes self-management education provides the foundation to help navigate these decisions and activities and has been shown to improve overall health.

Two of our new programs are featured below:

DESMOND

The Diabetes Education and Self-Management for Ongoing and Newly Diagnosed (DESMOND) program is an education course designed to support people living with type 2 diabetes.

The program recognises that there is no 'one size fits all' approach to diabetes management. It is intended to provide you with a welcoming and non-judgemental space where you can plan how you would like to manage your diabetes.

DESMOND focuses on providing you with practical skills for managing type 2 diabetes.

It is delivered by specially trained DESMOND educators who will help you to improve your self-management by improving your knowledge and understanding of your condition.

Throughout the program you 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.

The program is built around group activities, with participants sharing experiences and talking about what type 2 diabetes means to them.

However if you don't like the idea of sharing your experiences, you won't be forced to contribute.

You will also have the chance to speak to a diabetes educator by yourself if you need to.

At the end of the sessions, participants will have information to take home for reference.

Click here to find out more.

SMART PROGRAMS

The SMART programs are a range of short group education sessions designed to help you manage your diabetes.

CarbSmart (for people with type 2 and gestational diabetes)

Confused about carbs? This session will make you an expert on the myths and facts of carbohydrates. Learn about the different types of carbs and the amount that is best for you.

FootSmart (for people with type 1 and type 2 diabetes)

Your feet are made for walking- so let's keep them healthy. This 90 minute session will teach you all you need to know about checking and caring for your feet.

MedSmart (for people with type 2 diabetes)

This workshop helps you understand what your medications are, what they do and how to address any concerns you may have.

MeterSmart (for people with type 2 diabetes)

This practical skills session will show you all the best techniques for using your meter to help manage your diabetes.

ShopSmart in a classroom (for people with all types of diabetes)

Do you know what is really going into your trolley? Learn how to decode food labels and spot the techniques used to trick you into buying unhealthy food. 

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The National Diabetes Services Scheme (NDSS) is an initiative of the Australian Government administered with the assistance of Diabetes Australia.

 
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