Managing diabetes

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

Got Suga

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 diagnosed.


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 and story-telling.


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 Queensland.


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.

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