Diabetes Queensland's Got Suga is a fun, interactive
theatre-based program specifically designed for Aboriginal and
Torres Strait Islander people living with diabetes.
In fact, participants often tell us they wish they had
discovered this popular program back when they were first
Got Suga - a term sometimes used to describe type 2
diabetes - is delivered as a one-day workshop that looks at the
impact of type 2 diabetes on the Aboriginal and Torres Strait
Islander community. Participants are encouraged to "open up" about
their condition and share their experiences through role playing
The program explores a raft of issues commonly encountered,
including people's concerns about taking insulin, perceptions about
being a burden on the family, or embarrassment about their
diabetes. The importance of good self-management and family support
are recurring themes. Any initial hesitation participants have
about taking part in the workshop soon disappear and the days are
always a big success.
Got Suga was developed by Dr Mick Adams (of Fineline
Consultancy) and the Natjul Indigenous Performing Arts (led by
actor and writer Anthony Newcastle) in partnership with Diabetes
While Got Suga is aimed at community members, the
workshops also attracts health professionals, providing valuable
insight on patient engagement. The program has had a big impact on
some communities, leading to a range of new initiatives.
Contact Diabetes Queensland on 1300 136 588 or watch
this website for other coming events.