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Support programs

Registering with the NDSS gives you access to a fantastic range of support programs that empower you to make informed choices and manage your diabetes confidently—with support from your health care team.

Talk to your health care team to work out what programs might suit you. All our programs are an excellent way to meet people in your community. Our programs bring people together who share common experiences, conditions, concerns, goals and interests. We also provide access to peer support groups.

To know more…

Through the NDSS or your local diabetes organisation, you can find out more information and the dates and venues of upcoming programs.
To find out is available near you, check out your local diabetes organisation or call the NDSS Helpline on 1300 136 588.

Find a support program

OzDAFNE

For people with type 1 diabetes

OzDAFNE (Dose Adjustment for Normal Eating)—This is a five-day education program for small groups of adults with type 1 diabetes. The program covers managing your insulin use, carbohydrate (carb) counting, understanding hypoglycaemia (hypo), exercise and illness.

Find out more about OzDAFNE.

DESMOND

For people with type 2 diabetes

DESMOND (Diabetes Education and Self-Management for the Ongoing and Newly Diagnosed)—This is a one-day education program for groups of adults with type 2 diabetes. It covers skills to help manage your diabetes, like healthy eating, managing medications and physical activity.

Find out more about DESMOND.

Living with insulin

For people with type 1 or type 2 diabetes

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.

Basic programs

For people with type 1 diabetes

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.

Topic-specific programs

For people with type 1, type 2 or gestational diabetes

These hands-on programs help increase your confidence by focusing on different aspects of diabetes self-management.

CarbSMART—Learn about the different types of carbohydrates (carbs) and the amount that is best for you.

FootSMART—Find out how to check and care for your feet.

MonitorSMART—Learn how to check your blood glucose levels at home and how to use the results to best manage your diabetes.

MedSMART—Increase your understanding of what your medications are, what they do.

ShopSMART—Learn about making healthy food choice by discovering how to decode food labels and avoid unhealthy foods as you move down the supermarket aisles.

Camps

For children and young people with type 1 or type 2 diabetes

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.

Peer support

For people with type 1, type 2 or gestational diabetes

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.

Annual cycle of care screening

For people with type 1 or type 2 diabetes

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.

Beat it

For people with type 1 or type 2 diabetes

Keep your diabetes care on track with the Beat it program. This program is a group exercise and lifestyle program to help you better manage your diabetes and improve your general health.

Find out more about Beat it, diabetes!

Carbohydrate counting

For people with type 1 diabetes

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.

Connect with diabetes

For people with, or at risk of, type 2 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 pregnancy symposium

For people with type 1 or type 2 diabetes

If you’re thinking of having a baby and you have type 1 or type 2 diabetes, this diabetes and pregnancy information program will help you manage your diabetes through your pregnancy planning.

Find out more about diabetes pregnancy symposium.

Insulin pump

For people with type 1 diabetes

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

For people with type 1 or type 2 diabetes

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.

Programs in other languages

For people with type 1, type 2 or gestational diabetes

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.

Ready, set, go, let’s move

For people with type 1 or  type 2 diabetes

A three-hour workshop about the importance of physical activity in diabetes management. Figure out what could be stopping you from being more active, and write up your own step-by-step plan of action to get started in making exercise part of your daily routine.

Find out more about Ready, set, go, let’s move.

Type 2 diabetes and me an online course

For people with type 2 diabetes

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.

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.

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 1300 136 588.

Diabetes at school and early childhood settings

For people working in schools and early childhood settings

These are practical group sessions about the NDSS and general diabetes management for organisations and workplaces.

Find out more about diabetes at school and early childhood settings.

Health professional programs

For health professionals

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.