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Do you have diabetes or know somebody with diabetes?
About 80,000 people in Tasmania have diabetes or are at risk of developing diabetes.

Managing your diabetes can be challenging. Improving your knowledge of diabetes can help support your health and well-being.

Diabetes Tasmania offers a range of services to assist people in learning how to effectively manage the disease.
Why is learning about diabetes important?
Diabetes is serious.

Understanding how diabetes affects your body and the treatments available is important.

Even though you may feel fine today, it is important to understand how to live well with diabetes to continue feeling healthy into the future. Attending a diabetes program is a tried and tested way to gain the information and knowledge you need.
What will I learn from a diabetes program?
Diabetes programs cover topics to help you understand your diabetes better. It can be a great place to meet other people and have your questions answered.

A diabetes program would be a positive part of your treatment and is a key part of the care you receive.
You can learn about:

  • Tools to manage your diabetes
  • Food choices and how to be more active
  • Medication
  • How to avoid diabetes problems
  • Making the most of your diabetes appointments and getting the right checks eg. hba1c, foot checks                                                                                                                                                                                                               
How will a diabetes program help me?
Completing a diabetes program can have many benefits:
  • Improve your blood glucose levels
  • Improve your overall health, giving you more energy
  • Feel more confident about managing your diabetes and talking to others about it
  • Learn new skills e.g. carbohydrate counting, reading food labels, understanding why and when you should be monitoring blood glucose levels
  • Live a happier healthier life with diabetes

What diabetes programs are on offer?
Diabetes Tasmania offers three programs to suit an individual’s medical situation.

These include the DESMOND, the COACH and the SMART programs.
The SMART programs are a range of short group education workshops designed to help you better manage your diabetes.

The programs run for three hours and are conducted by a trained facilitator.

Some of the sessions include MedSmart – a program to help you understand what your medications are and what they do through to CarbSmart which teaches you the myths and facts about carbohydrates.

For a comprehensive list, click here.
Diabetes Education and Self-Management for Ongoing and Newly Diagnosed (DESMOND) is a one-day group program that focuses on the practical skills to support people living with type 2 diabetes.

The program recognises there is no “one size fits all” to diabetes management.
The COACH Program
Diabetes Tasmania offers a free phone coaching program to help you become actively involved in looking after your own health.

This program is a free service to people aged over 18 who have type 2 diabetes, pre-diabetes or are at high risk of the disease.
How do I find out more?
 Ensure you are registered on the National Diabetes Services Scheme (NDSS) or ask your GP to fill out the form if you are not.

Alternatively, for more information on the NDSS, visit ndss.com.au

If you would like more information on support groups and what services are available in your area, contact Diabetes Tasmania on 6215 9000.

- Diabetes Tasmania
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