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Making a plan to manage diabetes

Date posted: 18 April 2016

When type 2 diabetes was first suggested to Norm Phillips, a Noongar man living in Adelaide, South Australia (SA), as the cause of his dizziness, he found it hard to believe. For a while he was in denial, until a blood glucose test confirmed it. 

A series of serious and life-changing events made it difficult for Norm to get into any sort of routine to manage his diabetes. After suffering a stroke, he decided he needed to focus on his diabetes, especially because it was one aspect of his health he could control. 

Mr Phillips is now monitoring his diet and slowly losing weight in an effort to improve his blood glucose levels. Mr Phillips' doctor helped him sign up to the National diabetes services scheme (NDSS) when he was diagnosed, which gave him access to test strips, syringes and pen needles at much lower prices.

Mr Phillips says that more education is needed so that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities know about the benefits of the NDSS and the range of support services it provides for people with diabetes. As the NDSS support services are targeted in areas with the highest number of registrations, people who register are helping ensure others in their community can get the support they need. 

Source: National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation (NACCHO) news


Last updated: 18 April 2016
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