SUPPORTS YOU TO:
- prevent or self-manage type 2 diabetes
- make healthy lifestyle choices after gestational diabetes
- prevent heart disease and stroke
MyDESMOND is a suite of free online health education and behavioural change programs that will help you set personal goals around diet, exercise, and wellbeing to support you in making sustainable healthy lifestyle choices.
All our programs use a variety of different formats including short videos, learning sessions and interactive activities for you to view as quickly or as slowly as you like. With our MyDESMOND chat forums, you also gain the sense of community you would by attending face-to-face programs.
MyDESMOND – Type 2 Diabetes
Empowers people to confidently self-manage type 2 diabetes in a way that suits their lifestyle.
Baby Steps – Post Gestational Diabetes
Supporting women previously diagnosed with gestational diabetes to make healthy choices and lifestyle changes to reduce the risk of developing type 2 diabetes.
- Encourages you to track steps or active minutes
- Provides ongoing support from Health Professionals
- Provides access to an online community and chat forums
- Motivates you to set goals and compete in challenges
- Keeps a track of your HbA1c, blood pressure, cholesterol, weight and waist measurements
- Includes short videos, learning sessions and interactive activities
- Educates by refreshing or updating your knowledge on type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular health, mental wellbeing, diet and exercise
- Is flexible – work at your own pace
- Is accessible 24/7 via computer, smartphone or tablet
- Allows you to sync a FitBit, Google Fit or Garmin fitness tracker.
To join one of the MyDESMOND programs you need to be aged 18 years of age or older, have an email address, and access to the internet via a computer, tablet or smartphone. There may be additional eligibility requirements specific to each program.
Are the MyDESMOND programs right for you?
If you are familiar with online banking or shopping, booking holidays on the internet and using mobile phone applications, then yes, the MyDESMOND programs are suitable for you. See the MyDESMOND Device & Browser Compatibility .
Track your activity levels and even link up to the Fitbit or Google Fit.
Learn more about Type 2 diabetes and refresh your knowledge with our 8-weekly booster sessions.
MONITOR YOUR HEALTH
Track your weight, blood pressure, HbA1c, diet and cholesterol with our trackers.
Compete with others in our community on the global leader boards.
ASK THE EXPERT
The multi-disciplinary team at the Leicester Diabetes Centre are here for you.
Chat with others in our DESMOND community.
Set daily goals that fit around your lifestyle.
Invite your friends and family to join you in your journey.
Learn more about Type 2 diabetes and refresh your knowledge with our interactive and educational Discovery and Booster Sessions that mirror the DESMOND face-to-face groups.
Make the most of a range of activity tracking options, including steps and minutes, and the ability to link to wearable technology such as FitBit, Garmin and Google Fit.
Monitor your health
The program provides a number of health trackers including HbA1c, weight/shape, healthy eating and blood pressure – where you can self-report your latest data and track your progress.
Compete with others in our community on the global leader boards. Or just set yourself a challenge to reach some world famous landmarks.
Set daily goals that you feel are achievable and fit within your lifestyle.
Chat with others who are using the program and discuss successes and challenges relating to your diabetes management.
Ask a health professional
Credentialled diabetes educators and other health professionals are available to support you in your self-management journey.
Invite your friends and family to join you in your journey. As a team you can compete against each other in weekly/daily activity challenges. Your buddies will be able to view a range of useful information to help them in their understanding of diabetes to provide you with better support.
Being able to do the program when had time in the convenience of my home.
Knowledge is power. The program was very informative and helped me understand how diabetes works, how it affects me and what I can do about it.
Let’s Prevent helped me to get my act into gear. It increased my awareness of certain things and got me to get it together.
ACCREDITATIONS & ENDORSEMENTS
In 2019 MyDESMOND was adapted for Australia and extensively piloted under the NDSS nation-wide. It is accredited and/or endorsed by the following organisations:
MyDESMOND is a suite of online, structured education and behavioural change programs which bring together evidence-based content, learning sessions and interactive activities on health, diet and exercise that participants can work through in their own time.
Originally developed by the Leicester Diabetes Centre in the UK, Diabetes WA have adapted these programs for Australian audiences targeting those self-managing diabetes or who are at risk of type 2 diabetes, heart disease and stroke.
We recognise that there is no ‘one-size-fits-all’ approach so these programs have been designed to provide you with ongoing support and up-to-date information to self-manage your health and wellbeing, particularly for people where face-to-face group education isn’t a viable option.
(DESMOND stands for Diabetes Education and Self-Management for Ongoing and Newly Diagnosed.)