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The Director of the Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet, Professor Neil Thomson, helped launch a new Diabetes WA health promotion resource for Indigenous children on 4 October 2012.
The resource, Gary Goanna goes healthy: Gary's adventure in preventing diabetes, is a storybook aimed at educating children and their families about the importance of reducing the risk of developing type 2 diabetes. Accompanying colouring-in books and stickers have also been developed.
The storybook encourages children to adopt three simple behaviours to prevent type 2 diabetes:
The storybook, funded by the Australian Health Promotion Association, Healthway and the Office for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health (Department of Health and Ageing), was developed by Diabetes WA in collaboration with communities and health professionals who provided feedback and ideas. Children from the community of Nullagine in the Pilbara region of WA also provided creative input into the story.
Professor Neil Thomson
Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet
Ph: (08) 9370 6109
Fax: (08) 9370 6022
Health Promotion Officer, Aboriginal Health
Level 3, 322 Hay Street
Subiaco WA 6008
Ph: (08) 9436 6246