Wallet card launched to help Indigenous community manage diabetes

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are three to four times more likely to have diabetes or pre-diabetes, with the prevalence of diabetes in some communities as high as 30 per cent.


This alarming statistic has prompted Diabetes Queensland to develop a number of initiatives in partnership with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community groups.


The latest initiative is a new wallet card to equip Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island people living with diabetes with the right information for good diabetes management.


Diabetes Queensland CEO Michelle Trute said this wallet card was developed as part of a larger commitment to decrease the prevalence and affect of type 2 diabetes in the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community.


"Indigenous Australians living with type 2 diabetes are at 17 times higher risk of dying from the condition than non-Indigenous Australians with type 2 diabetes," she said.


"This is due to that fact that many Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people with type 2 diabetes experience high levels of heart, blood and kidney problems as a complication of this condition.


"If well managed, a person can live a long and healthy life with type 2 diabetes. The alarming statistics indicate that not enough is being done to assist Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people with diabetes to manage their condition.


"The wallet card is a handy pocket-sized resource to refer to during medical appointments, and includes a checklist to help keep your diabetes on track."


The Diabetes Queensland Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander wallet card has been developed in partnership with Kambu Medical Centre and Kambu diabetes support group.


Kambu Medical Centre CEO Stella Taylor-Johnson said the wallet card is an important tool in diabetes management.


"It will help people seek the right medical care at the most appropriate time when experiencing health concerns with their diabetes care," she said.

Diabetes Queensland will launch the wallet card tomorrow Tuesday 25 June at Kholo Gardens, Riverside Drive, Pine Mountain at 10am.  This will be Aunty Kay Mundraby's last Kambu support group meeting before she retires. 


Media contact: Mindy Gold 3506 0950 or 0416 913 761 

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