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Date posted: 18 July 2013
A new wallet card to provide Indigenous people living with diabetes with the right information for good diabetes management was launched recently in Ipswich, Queensland.
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are three to four times more likely to have diabetes or pre-diabetes, with the prevalence of diabetes in some communities as high as 30 per cent. This alarming statistic has prompted Diabetes Queensland to develop a number of initiatives in partnership with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community groups.
Diabetes Queensland CEO Michelle Trute said, 'This wallet card was developed as part of a larger commitment to decrease the prevalence and affect of type 2 diabetes in the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community.'
The wallet card is a handy pocket-sized resource to refer to during medical appointments, and includes a checklist to help with keeping diabetes on track.
'If well managed, a person can live a long and healthy life with type 2 diabetes,' Ms Trute said.
The Diabetes Queensland Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander wallet card has been developed in partnership with Kambu Medical Centre and Kambu diabetes support group.
Kambu Medical Centre CEO Stella Taylor-Johnson said the wallet card is an important tool in diabetes management.
'It will help people seek the right medical care at the most appropriate time when experiencing health concerns with their diabetes care,' she said.
Source: Diabetes Queensland
To order the wallet card contact:
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Liaison Officer