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Managing diabetes
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander

Community Engagement

Diabetes Yarning Workshop

 

The Diabetes Yarning workshop is a community based program designed specifically for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people living with, or at risk of, type 2 diabetes. The one-day workshop provides culturally appropriate education about the impact of type 2 diabetes in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities. The interactive element helps people discover solutions to their personal and community issues.  The Diabetes Yarning initiative empowers Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to reduce the complications of diabetes, to lead a healthier lifestyle and to educate their family and friends about how to stay healthy too.

 

For more information contact Leonie Yasso, Diabetes Educator, on 07 3506 0956 leony@diabetesqld.org.au

 

 

Online Peer Support for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People living with Type 2 Diabetes

 

The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Online Peer Support program has been developed for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Queenslanders living with type 2 diabetes.  Hosted in a closed Facebook Group, it follows the diabetes journey of several Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peer volunteers on film.  The peer volunteers are then available to interact online with participants.  The volunteers share their experience with participants on a wide range of issues, including diagnosis, physical activity, healthy eating, family support and more.  All participants have access to support services provided by Diabetes Qld.

 

For more information contact Erich Barkmeyer on 07 3506 0955 or erichb@diabetesqld.org.au

 

 

 

Feltman Training for the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Community

 

Feltman/mum is a diabetes education tool developed by the Victorian Aboriginal Community Controlled Health organisation (VACCHO) and Diabetes Australia.  The National Diabetes Services Scheme (NDSS) funded the national rollout in 2009-10 and the distribution of the manual and DVD as a training resource.  The resource is a life-sized felt mat that shows the key organs involved in, and affected by diabetes.  For use in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities, its prime use is for teaching about diabetes prevention and diabetes management and used with individuals or group sessions.  The training sessions are approximately two hours.

 

For more information contact Leonie Yasso, Diabetes Educator, on 07 3506 0956 leony@diabetesqld.org.au

 

 

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Community Events

 

Where feasible, the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Unit participates in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community events across the state to increase awareness of our services and products and to actively engage with community members to discuss diabetes in our communities.

 

As part of our engagement process, our staff talk to community members about how diabetes affects them and their family and community, their level of knowledge about diabetes and provides resources to assist them. Our Unit follows up with correspondence to check in on how they're going in managing their own diabetes or in supporting their family or community with diabetes management or prevention.

 

For more information contact Erich Barkmeyer on 07 3506 0955 or erichb@diabetesqld.org.au