Community Engagement

For Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community groups

Diabetes Yarning Community Workshop

The Diabetes Yarning workshop is a community based program designed for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community groups. In the workshop participants are introduced to the Feltman, a diabetes education tool developed by the Victorian Aboriginal Community Controlled Health organisation (VACCHO) and Diabetes Victoria. The Feltman is a life-sized felt mat that shows how the body is affected by diabetes.

The two-hour interactive workshop, delivered face to face or via Zoom, opens up the conversation about health before time, colonisation, how the body works, what happens in the body with diabetes and diabetes management strategies. The workshop supports people to understand diabetes so that they may take preventative action for themselves and support those in their family and community who may be living with diabetes.

Our team are currently developing new online education modules. These will be coming soon.

For the list of Diabetes Queensland current events and programs, please see our events calendar.


Support for People living with Type 2 Diabetes

If you are living with type 2 diabetes and would like some advice and support, the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Online Peer Support program is a great online community.

Hosted in a closed Facebook Group, the program follows the diabetes journey of several Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander volunteers on film. The volunteers share their experience on a wide range of issues, including their diabetes diagnosis, physical activity, healthy eating, family support and more. The volunteers are also available to yarn with people online.

Check out the Facebook Group profile page

For more information contact us at or call 1800 637 700


Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Community Events

Diabetes Queensland participates in community events across the state to increase awareness about diabetes and its impact on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. We share information about programs, services and resources to support the community to engage in healthy living activities.

Our passionate staff yarn with communities about how diabetes affects the person and their family. We also share information to help improve knowledge and health within community.

If you would like us to attend an event in your community email us at or call 1800 637 700

For Diabetes Queensland events and program times, please see our events calendar.


National Diabetes Services Scheme (NDSS)

The NDSS – what you should know

Did you know that if you have diabetes and hold a Medicare card you are eligible for benefits through the National Diabetes Services Scheme ?

The National Diabetes Services Scheme (NDSS) has been around for many years and was established to help people living with all types of diabetes get access to education programs and resources and to subsidies on some diabetes products, wherever they are in Australia.

It’s important to register with the NDSS, because this helps them decide where funds for diabetes programs are needed most. The more people that are known to be living with diabetes in an area, means more funding is allocated to that area.

Your doctor or health worker can help you register by completing an NDSS registration form.

The NDSS is a Commonwealth Government program administered by Diabetes Queensland in Queensland. For information on the NDSS, talk to your doctor or health worker or visit the website at


Feltman® and Feltmum® are registered trademarks of the Victorian Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation and Diabetes Victoria. 


Diabetes Queensland may from time to time receive sponsorship and/or educational grants from suppliers of diabetes products or medicines in support of diabetes consumer awareness raising, educational activities for health professionals, conferences and meetings, and other activities.

Where the third party supplier is a current or prospective supplier of products or medicines included (or which could be proposed for inclusion) on the NDSS Product Schedule, Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS) or other similar scheme accessed by persons with diabetes that is funded (in whole or in part) by the Commonwealth, Diabetes Queensland provides this assurance that no third party supplier is entitled to, nor will receive, any advantage in terms of the provision of Commonwealth-subsidised diabetes products or medicines to people with diabetes or the provision of Scheme information to people with diabetes or health professionals.

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