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
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
"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
"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.
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