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Catherine Chamberlain, a registered midwife with over 25 years of national and international experience, presented the results of research into gestational diabetes among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women on July 4 at Apunipima Cape York Health Council in Cairns.
Catherine, a descendant of the Trawlwoolway people from the north east coast of Tasmania, is currently completing a PhD, at Monash University, on the condition which affects around 6% of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women in Queensland. Nationally, around 5% of non-Indigenous women experience gestational diabetes.
Her PhD focus is on gestational diabetes among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women, and includes an audit of post-pregnancy care for women with gestational diabetes in Far North Queensland, conducted in collaboration with the Cairns Diabetes Centre and Apunipima.
Catherine presented the main findings and discussed:
Source: Apunapima Cape York Health Council