Black Swan Health can offer clients with type 2 diabetes free access to three different groups depending on their needs and preference:

Please note that these group services are in addition to the five individual allied health services available to eligible patients.

1. DESMOND

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

Throughout the program participants discuss information and self-management strategies on healthy food choices, physical activity and medication management. The program is built around group activities with participants sharing experiences and talking about what type 2 diabetes means to them.

DESMOND is a six hour program delivered as a full day session. We have facilitators trained by Diabetes WA to deliver this program.

We deliver DESMOND at Joondalup, Midland, Osborne Park and Fremantle.

2. Time 2 Manage Diabetes

Time 2 Manage Diabetes is a 5 week group education and exercise program.

The group meets for 2 hours for 5 consecutive weeks. The first hour is an interactive education session with a diabetes educator or dietitian. Education topics include;

  • Basics of diabetes including blood glucose monitoring and the management of hypoglycaemia and hyperglycaemia
  • Annual cycle of care
  • Healthy eating for diabetes including carbohydrates and glycaemic index, fats, label reading, portion control
  • Weight management

The second hour of each session is a supervised group exercise session, tailored to individual requirements, with one of our in-house physiotherapists.

We offer this program at our Osborne Park, Joondalup and Midland locations.

3. Time 2 Manage Diabetes Evening Program

Time 2 Manage Diabetes Evening Program has been developed for people who cannot take time off to attend one of our day time groups.

The group meets for 2 hours for 3 consecutive weeks from 6-8pm. The group is facilitated by a diabetes educator and dietitian. This program includes education on blood glucose monitoring, annual cycle of care and healthy eating for diabetes. It does not include an exercise group.

We offer this program at our Osborne Park and Joondalup locations.

Eligibility

To be eligible a client must have type 2 diabetes.

How much does it cost?

There are no fees to attend any of our group programs.

How to access it?

A GP can refer to the program using a Referral form for Group Allied Health Services under Medicare for patients with type 2 diabetes which can also be downloaded here.

Referral process

Download PDF referral form

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The Healthy Lifestyle Program is provided by Black Swan Health in partnership with the State Government through the Department of Health WA.


Contact information:

Phone: (08) 9201 0044
Fax: (08) 9201 0033
Email: Diabetes@blackswanhealth.com.au