Diabetes the second biggest killer in Indigenous communities

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Diabetes affects more than one million Australians.  Diabetes is the second biggest biggest killer among Indigenous Australians. One in twenty non-Indigenous Australians on average has been diagnosed with diabetes.  In Indigenous communities, this figure is up to three times as high.  Many Indigenous Australians live their lives undiagnosed, and it’s taking a toll on our Indigenous communities.  Diabetes awareness is imperative in lowering these statistics, and education about diabetes and related health concerns will assist with this. There are already plenty of existing diabetes awareness programs that have been operational in our Indigenous communities, but they have largely been ineffective. What then, is the best way to promote diabetes awareness?

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Tuesday, July 12 2016
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Featured in storyProfessor Graham McGuire, Head of Health Services at Baker IDITim Heywood, Coordinator of National Development Programs in the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Unit at Diabetes QLDDion Tatow, Senior Policy Officer at the Queensland Aboriginal and Islander Health CouncilLeslie ‘George’ Anderson, Vietnam Veteran

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