New funding to help ATSI youth in Northern Australia

Monday, 18 March 2019

Diabetes Australia, together with its state based organisations has welcomed the announcement by Hon Ken Wyatt AM, Minister for Indigenous Health of nearly $4m in funding to develop, pilot and implement new, culturally appropriate programs in Northern Australia to specifically help ATSI children and youth affected by type 2 diabetes.

Professor Greg Johnson, CEO of Diabetes Australia, said “West Australian data has shown rates of type 2 diabetes in young Aboriginal people may be 20-fold higher than in non-indigenous young people.”

“Indigenous children and youth who develop type 2 diabetes have hospitalisation rates 20-times higher than non-Indigenous youth, and a very high-risk of end stage kidney disease.Rather than closing the gap with diabetes – it has been getting wider.”

To reduce the profound impact type 2 diabetes is having on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities, it is critical that people have access  to culturally appropriate programs and support to help them manage type 2 diabetes and reduce their risk of developing very serious complications.

Professor Johnson said the funding announced by the Australian Government would enable a co-design approach involving leading researchers and clinical experts, Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisations, policy makers and others to work together. Diabetes Australia will be part of this collaborative group.


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