Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are three times more likely to develop type 2 diabetes than non-indigenous Australians. Type 2 diabetes is serious. It can lead to life-threatening complications like heart disease stroke and blindness. But if you’re living with or at risk of type 2 diabetes there is a lot you can do to manage it and look after your health.
Diabetes NSW & ACT has put together a range of resources specially designed for people from Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander backgrounds. We hope you fine them helpful.
Type 2 Yarning Group
Would you like to be part of a closed Facebook Page for Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islanders living with Type 2 diabetes?
Sometimes looking after yourself and your diabetes can be hard, in this group you can share your story with others and find support about managing your diabetes.
If you’d like to join the group scan the QR code or visit Diabetes NSW & ACT T2 Yarning Group
Being part of this group is about being there for each other with your diabetes journey.
Melissa Stubbings from the Buruberongal Clan of the Darug Nation has kindly shared her diabetes journey. This is the first story for the Yarning Group Facebook page and we hope to have many more. Watch this video to hear Melissa’s story and share it with clients, friends and the community.
Diabetes Information Sheets
These information sheets about living with diabetes have been especially written for people from Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander backgrounds. We hope they help you manage your diabetes so you stay healthy.
- What is diabetes?
- Reduce your risk – it’s up to you
- Your eyes and diabetes
- Your feet and diabetes
- Food for thought
- Alcohol and diabetes
- Smoking and diabetes
- 10 ways to manage your diabetes
- Diabetes and your kidneys
- Gestational diabetes
- What is hypoglycaemia
- Physical activity and diabetes
- Diabetes and Travel
- Safe disposal of diabetes sharps
If you’d like any additional information or support, call our Helpline on 1300 342 238.