Diabetes Yarning training in Far North Qld

The Diabetes Queensland team travelled to Far North Queensland to deliver Diabetes Yarning Facilitator Training for one of the Cairns Diabetes Service’s deadly health workers, Georgina Tabuai.

Group of First Nations Health Workers look at the camera during training

Left to right: Lorna Bounghi, Philly Nakata-Bradley, Eva Burns, (Feltman tool), Fred Anau, Belinda Ott

Upskilling Cairns Health Workers

This co-designed, culturally appropriate diabetes education program is for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Workers and Practitioners. It aims to upskill Health Workers, like Gina, with a refresher on diabetes messaging for the community she helps to live well with diabetes.

Continued Support for Diabetes Yarning

Diabetes Queensland supported Gina to deliver the program for people living with diabetes in Cairns. Diabetes Queensland will continue to support her now she is a Diabetes Yarning trained facilitator.

Cairns Diabetes Update

In addition, the Cairns Diabetes Service welcomed Diabetes Queensland to deliver a culturally appropriate Diabetes Update education session. Experienced Health Workers and Practitioners within the Cairns Hospital adult services attended the session.

They enjoyed the session and recommend others go to a Diabetes Update education session, too.

Two health workers stand next to the Feltman training body

Left to right: Belinda Ott and Georgina Tabuai.

‘Share the understanding’ through Diabetes Yarning

Some of the reasons they would recommend the Diabetes Update education session learnings are:

  • “to share the understanding of dealing with diabetes to our mob” and
  • “it’s a great refresher”

Finally, Diabetes Queensland staff visited various diabetes health clinicians. These visits with peak health organisations are to ensure continuing collaboration for the best health outcomes for our peoples.

Thank you for welcoming us, Cairns!

By Trent Lyon

First Nations Health Unit Exercise Physiologist


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