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Diabetes is a major health problem among Indigenous people, with a prevalence three to four times that of the general population. The impact of diabetes in terms of mortality and hospitalisation is even higher. The full extent of the morbidity and mortality arising from the various microvascular and macrovascular complications of diabetes is not well documented, but is certain to increase.
The development of diabetes and the progression to complications can be prevented, so clearly much more needs to be done. The development of appropriate strategies and programs - at national, state and regional levels - requires access to accurate, up-to-date information and resources.
This web resource aims at increasing the access of people involved in addressing the development and impact of diabetes among Indigenous peoples to accurate, up-to-date information and resources.
In aiming to provide access to good quality information and resources for people involved in addressing diabetes among Indigenous peoples, this web resource will include: reviews; guidelines; resources; programs, projects and lessons; policies and strategies; publications; and links. It will also include information about research activity, organisations, agencies and individuals working in the field, and news and events.
Development of this web resource has been made possible with funds provided to the HealthInfoNet by the Australian Department of Health and Ageing's Office for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health (OATSIH) - both through our ‘core' agreement and special funds made available in 2006-07 for development of the resource in its current form.
The HealthInfoNet is currently exploring options for adding the capacity for people involved in the area to actively share their information and experiences through development of a yarning place (an electronic network) that encourages electronic yarning and networking among people working across Australia to address the development and impact of diabetes among Indigenous peoples.