Talk to your health care team to work out what programs might suit you. Our support programs include:
- self-management information sessions
- self-management education programs, including face-to-face workshops, short webinars, comprehensive education programs, and online modules covering a broad range of topics
- programs to help prevent diabetes health-related complications
- peer support groups.
These programs are delivered by NDSS Agents. Your local diabetes organisation is the NDSS Agent in your state or territory.
Find and register for upcoming NDSS support program events.
About our support programs
KeepSight is designed to make it easier for people with diabetes to get their eyes checked and avoid eye problems that can lead to eyesight problems and blindness.
Find out more about KeepSight.
This is an information program for people with diabetes on how to care for their feet, how to identify potential foot problems and where to go to find support.
Find out more about Foot Forward.
Diabetes in Schools
This is an information and training program designed for families and schools to help parents and schools better support students with type 1 diabetes at school.
Find out more about Diabetes in Schools.
Type 2 diabetes and me an online course
A free online learning program to help you learn more about living with type 2 diabetes. It provides information about where to go for help and has links to more information. There are 10 short topics, including videos, and you can go through them in any order you choose.
Find out more about the Type 2 diabetes and me online course.
Do you use multiple daily insulin injections or an insulin pump? Come along and get savvy about carb counting, which is super important for managing your diabetes.
Find out more about carbohydrate counting.
Carbohydrate counting online
A free online learning program to help you learn more about carbohydrate (carb) counting. It helps you recognise which foods contain carbs and learn how to count carbs in the food you eat.
In the first module you will learn what the program is about and which modules are most relevant for you.
Find out more about the Carb counting online course.
Ready set go, let’s move
This program helps you get started or stay on track with your exercise routine. Learn about the positive effects of exercise on blood glucose levels, figure out what could be stopping you from being more active, and write up your own step-by-step plan of action.
Find out more about Ready set go, let’s move.
Ready set go, let’s move online
A free online learning program to help you become (more) active. In this program you will learn about the benefits of moving more, create a plan to get started, and learn where to get support if you need it.
Find out more about the Ready set go, let’s move online course.
OzDAFNE (Dose Adjustment for Normal Eating)—teaches you how how to work out the amount of carbohydrate in your food and the right dose of insulin to take. It also teaches you how to make changes to your insulin doses when you need to, and how to manage hypoglycaemia (hypo), exercise and illness.
Find out more about OzDAFNE.
MyDESMOND is an adapted online version of the face-to-face DESMOND self-management workshop for people living with type 2 diabetes.
Find out more about MyDESMOND.
DESMOND (Diabetes Education and Self-Management for the Ongoing and Newly Diagnosed)—provides you with practical skills to manage your type 2 diabetes. Whether you are newly diagnosed or have been living with diabetes for some time, meet people who are just like you and learn everything you need to know about type 2 diabetes, including information on food choices and medications.
Find out more about DESMOND.
Want help to reach your fitness goals? Beat it is an 8-week group exercise and lifestyle program to help you better manage your diabetes and improve your general health.
Find out more about Beat it.
All our programs offer peer and general support. There are also specialised programs for children with type 1 diabetes to help them fully enjoy their time at school.
Some programs specifically empower people with diabetes, while others help the general community.
Baby steps is an online self-management program for women previously diagnosed with gestational diabetes.
Find out more about Baby Steps.
These hands-on programs help increase your confidence by focusing on different aspects of diabetes self-management.
CarbSmart—Are you confused about carbs? Learn about the different types of carbohydrates (carbs) and the amount that is best for you. Find out more about CarbSmart.
FootSmart—Your feet are made for walking—so let’s keep them healthy. FootSmart will teach you all you need to know about caring for your feet from choosing the right footwear to working with your healthcare team to ensure you are always putting your best foot forward. Find out more about FootSmart.
MonitorSmart—Provides information on the how, when, and why of using your blood glucose monitor, along with which other health checks are recommended for people living with diabetes. Find out more about MonitorSmart.
MedSmart—Are you confident with your medications? MedSmart will help you understand what your medications are, why you need to take them as prescribed and work with you to develop a medication plan that works for you. Find out more about MedSmart.
ShopSmart—Teaches you how to decipher food labels so you will be able to make the best food choices for yourself and your family. You will also receive a handy wallet card for quick reference when shopping. Find out more about ShopSmart.
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities program
Are you interested in services and resources specifically for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people with diabetes? We have lots of programs that can equip you to talk about diabetes and share important diabetes-related messages with members and organisations in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.
Find out more about the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities programs.
Annual cycle of care screening
Diabetes changes over time, so it’s a good idea to keep your diabetes care on track at all times. Get help on how to do this with the annual cycle of care screening program.
Find out more about annual cycle of care screening.
Camps are safe places for young people with diabetes to learn from other young people in your age group with professional guidance.
Find out more about camps.
Connect with diabetes
If you have type 2 diabetes, are at risk of diabetes, or simply want to know more about type 2 diabetes, this program is meant for you.
Find out more about connect with diabetes.
Diabetes information sessions
For community-based organisations and workplaces
Get lots of general information on living well with diabetes at these practical sessions. You can also learn about the different NDSS resources and services that can support you.
For more information about these sessions, call the NDSS Helpline on 1800 637 700.
If you’re using an insulin pump or are about to begin insulin pump therapy, this hands-on session is for you.
Find out more about insulin pump.
Live your life
Live your life—and well! Get smart about managing diabetes and living life to its fullest with the help of this program for people with type 1 or type 2 diabetes.
Find out more about live your life.
Living with insulin
This is a three-hour group workshop to help you understand what insulin is and how to use insulin.
Find out more about Living with insulin.
Peer support groups bring together people with diabetes who share common experiences, conditions, concerns, goals or interests. By supporting each other, people improve their quality of life.
Find out more about peer support.
Programs in other languages
We’ve got many programs suited for people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds and who have diabetes. These programs are available in a variety of languages for non-English speaking members of the community.
Find out more about programs in other languages.
Health professional programs
Are you a health professional looking to build the knowledge and skills you need to help people live well with diabetes? You can access a range of programs through the NDSS.
Find out more about our support services for health professionals.