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The talk that could save your life

Date posted: 20 August 2014

A display set up in the Bathurst Base Hospital in July aimed to raise awareness among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders about the prevalence of diabetes in the community.

Erika Nichols, an Aboriginal Health Worker at Bathurst Health Service, said Aboriginal people were seven times more likely to suffer from diabetes because they have a genetic disposition.

There are also lifestyle factors, and a reluctance to access medical care.

Jacqueline Gibbs of Western Medicare Local’s Indigenous Chronic Disease Clinic was also on hand to talk to people about diabetes.

She said one of the problems is that it often goes undiagnosed, yet it can affect every organ in the body.

'A lot of us tend not to want to go to the doctor,' she said.

'However, there is great access to medical care in Bathurst and we encourage people to come in and take the opportunity to get it checked out.'

Source: Western Advocate


Last updated: 25 August 2014
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