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Australian Indigenous HealthBulletin


Country WA service provider survey - type 2 diabetes

19 October 2016

The Western Australia Country Health Service (WACHS) are conducting a survey of service providers across regional Western Australia (WA) regarding type 2 diabetes in people aged 0-39 years old.

Member consultation: Review of the National care competencies for credentialled diabetes' educators

19 October 2016

The Australian Diabetes Educators Association (ADEA) is seeking member input to the review of the ADEA National core competencies for credentialled diabetes educators.

Places still available for 'Crossroads at the Centre: The Nexus Between CVD and Diabetes' Symposium

19 October 2016

A number of places still remain for those who have not yet registered their attendance at the eighth annual Alice Springs Symposium in the Northern Territory.

Updated driver medical standards

17 October 2016

Improved guidance for health professionals is a key feature of the updated driver medical standards contained in the latest edition of Assessing fitness to drive, which came into effect on 1 October 2016.

Nurse Practitioner survey

30 September 2016

The Australian Diabetes Educators Association (ADEA) are seeking feedback from members who are also Nurse Practitioners (NPs), or working toward becoming a NP.

New resources for diabetes and emotional health

29 September 2016

A new handbook will give health professionals the strategies and tools to better recognise and work with people with diabetes to reduce the significant psychological burden of diabetes.

RACGP and Diabetes Australia release new clinical guidelines handbook for 2016-18

28 September 2016

The Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP) in conjunction with Diabetes Australia have released the General practice management of type 2 diabetes 2016-2018 handbook.

Health Networks, Diabetes Network and Diabetes WA share important messages on diabetes awareness

14 September 2016

Megan Burley A/Director, Health Networks was joined by Mark Shah, Co-lead Diabetes Network and Helen Mitchell, General Manager, Health Services from Diabetes Western Australia (WA) to share important messages on diabetes awareness on the Health Matters radio program.

Australia's health 2016 released

14 September 2016

The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) has released Australia's health 2016 this week, a two yearly report card on the health of all Australians.

That sugar film working with Indigenous communities to lower sugar consumption

8 September 2016

Australia's most vulnerable communities are set to reduce sugar consumption thanks to an inspirational project led by the makers of Australia's highest grossing documentary, That sugar film.

Newly developed diabetes resources for Aboriginal women

8 September 2016

Diabetes Western Australia (WA) have developed resources for Aboriginal women who are pregnant, providing information on gestational diabetes and diabetes in pregnancy.

Koori health screening day in running for health award

7 September 2016

A chronic disease screening day and family event held at Casino for the local Aboriginal community is in the running for a North Coast New South Wales (NSW) Primary Health Care Excellence Award. The 1 Deadly Step project was held in April at Casino Indoor Sports Stadium, in the NSW Northern Rivers area.

Roll call for eye care equipment in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health sector

7 September 2016

A new project to count and catalogue eye care equipment in the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health sector is part of a wider Australian Government program to ensure improved access to eye checks for Indigenous Australians with diabetes.

Inspiring local Aboriginal community leaders to talk more about rethinking sugary drink messages

5 September 2016

Cancer Council Western Australia (WA) has partnered with Heart Foundation through LiveLighter to raise awareness of the significant health problems associated with sugary drink consumption across Aboriginal WA communities.

Cooking up a healthy storm in Fitzroy Crossing

31 August 2016

A healthy eating plan in remote Fitzroy Crossing in the Kimberley region of Western Australia (WA) is putting a new spring in the step of community members who have struggled with conditions from diabetes to weight gain.

Hollows camera shines a light on outback blindness

26 August 2016

The Fred Hollows Foundation is providing a second diabetic retinopathy scanner (DRS) to Sunrise Health Service, an Aboriginal community controlled health organisation in Katherine, Northern Territory (NT), to boost services addressing avoidable blindness.

Chronic care finds new home in Medicare

26 August 2016

The Australian Government announced this week the ten regions across the country that will participate in stage one of the Health Care Homes model for delivering Medicare to Australians with chronic illness.

Diabetes Educators go for gold

25 August 2016

Apunipima Cape York Health Council's Diabetes team are helping Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in Cape York, Queensland, living with type 2 diabetes to take charge of their condition and come up with solutions to balance their blood sugar.

The role of doctors in closing the gap AIDA policy statement 2016

22 August 2016

The Australian Indigenous Doctors’ Association (AIDA) has released a new policy statement for 2016.

Calling all Australian young adults living with type 1 diabetes, aged 18-35 years!

18 August 2016

Diabetes Australia is calling on all Australian young adults living with type 1 diabetes, aged 18-35 years to take part in their Diabetes YES! Youth Empowerment and Support Study.

Diabetes Care Blacktown tackling disease at the source

18 August 2016

Definition Health Club in Blacktown, New South Wales (NSW), is an organisation that is helping redefine diabetes treatment in the heart of an epidemic. Diabetes NSW ranked Blacktown the number one diabetes hot spot in the State.

New PBS listing will improve quality of life for people with type 2 diabetes

17 August 2016

Diabetes Australia welcomed the Minister for Health, Sussan Ley’s, announcement of the Federal Government’s decision to list diabetes drug Bydureon on the Pharmaceutical benefits scheme (PBS) and said the move would improve quality of life for many people with type 2 diabetes.

On the move with a clear view to fighting eye disease

12 August 2016

An innovative health service targeting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander eye disease and diabetes at remote sites across Queensland has made 100 visits in just over two years, treating thousands of at-risk people.

Aboriginal health workers lead the way in North West Queensland

10 August 2016

July’s national Chronic Disease Management Conference in Sydney was a chance for North West Hospital and Health Service staff in Queensland (Qld) to present their credentials to a wider audience.

Mobile health lab aims to reduce chronic disease during National Science Week

9 August 2016

An interactive mobile health laboratory will visit four Northern Territory communities next week as part of National Science Week, to spark people's interest in science and health, and demonstrate how lifestyle choices can impact people's future.

Sports drinks are gammin': New campaign urges Aboriginal community to go for water instead

21 July 2016

A new digital campaign is using local Aboriginal sporting role models from the Victorian community to highlight the health effects of regularly downing sports drinks.

National Diabetes Week: facts about diabetes in Western Australia (WA)

13 July 2016

This week is National Diabetes Week 10-16 July, and Diabetes WA is raising awareness of the importance for people with all types of diabetes to take care of their feet.

Amputations - 4,400 reasons to take diabetes seriously

12 July 2016

More than 4,400 diabetes-related amputations for all Australians are performed at Australian hospitals every year, most are preventable, and these contribute to the increasing cost of diabetes complications which threatens the long-term viability of Australia’s health system.

Queensland's new statewide chronic disease program will target Indigenous adults

11 July 2016

The Queensland Government has announced a funding commitment of $27 million over four years to help 10,000 Queenslanders tackle chronic disease.

National Diabetes Week campaign launch

8 July 2016

Diabetes Victoria is launching a digital awareness campaign next week to coincide with this year's National Diabetes Week, Sunday 10 to Saturday 16 July 2016.

Important changes to the NDSS

1 July 2016

The Federal Government has announced that it will implement changes to the National Diabetes Services Scheme (NDSS) from 1 July 2016.

D-NET - Diabetes Network for health professionals

30 June 2016

The International Diabetes Federation has developed the first international forum called the Diabetes Network for Health Professionals (D-NET). This is an online platform, offering health professional the opportunity to share, learn and discuss diabetes care and education with diabetes professionals worldwide.

New chronic disease portal provides quick access for workforce

30 June 2016

Edith Cowan University's Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet has launched a new online portal for the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander chronic disease workforce.

Food labelling first for Torres Strait

30 June 2016

The general store on Badu Island in the Torres Strait, Queensland, will introduce shelf labels indicating how much sugar is in food after strong community interest in the issue.

Final diabetes research grant reminder!

27 June 2016

Diabetes Research Western Australia (WA) are offering two separate diabetes research project grants of $80,000 each as non-recurring grants for the 2017 year.

Share your diabetes stories and experiences

23 June 2016

During National Diabetes Week, 12-18 July 2016, Diabetes Australia are asking people to share their stories about diabetes.  Stories can be posted directly onto the Diabetes Australia Facebook page, or emailed to

New game helps explain type 1 diabetes

22 June 2016

A new gaming app, developed by Sanofi, helps children understand type 1 diabetes and how to manage diabetes at school.

Call for feedback on HealthInfoNet's latest Diabetes review

22 June 2016

The Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet has recently released a Review of diabetes among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.  It summarises the latest evidence to assist people working or studying in this important area, and we would like your feedback about whether it meets your information needs.

Health and community leaders back campaign against chronic disease

16 June 2016

More than 25 health and community leaders have called on all political parties to agree before the election to act to reduce the burden of chronic disease.  The open letter signatories, including Aboriginal leader, June Oscar AO, have signed up to a call by Prevention 1st urging political parties to put preventive health policy first ahead of the July Federal Election.

Aboriginal man fighting blindness and obesity through fitness

2 June 2016

Overcoming a degenerative eye condition and weight problems were the catalyst for Aboriginal man Wayne Wright of Orange in New South Wales to start a major turnaround.  Mr Wright's life is now healthier, he has taken up and received accolades for further education and has become a role model and mentor to others.

Funding boost for NT health research

1 June 2016

Menzies School of Health Research will receive an additional $5 million in the Northern Territory (NT) Budget 2016 to increase support to fund research that is delivering strong economic and health returns for the Territory.

2016 QAAMS workshop to be held in Darwin in September

30 May 2016

The 2016 Quality assurance for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Medical Services (QAAMS) is to take place in Darwin in the Northern Territory on Wednesday 7 and Thursday 8 September.

Latest review confirms high rates of diabetes among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people

23 May 2016

Edith Cowan University's Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet has released a new review titled Review of diabetes among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

Workforce in diabetes education survey

19 May 2016

The Australian Diabetes Educators Association is conducting the Workforce in diabetes education survey to collect the first comprehensive national compilation of information and statistics related to the employment status of diabetes educators in Australia.

Njernda earns a 2016 Victorian Rural Health Award

19 May 2016

Gary Giles, a Yorta Yorta man and Aboriginal Health Practitioner / Quality Assurance for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Medical Services Coordinator, won the Aboriginal health award in the 2016 Victorian rural health awards.  The awards recognise and celebrate the commitment and dedication by doctors, health professionals and their families to their rural communities.

National strategic framework for chronic conditions: online public consultation on the second draft

18 May 2016

Chronic conditions are long-term public health problems that have ongoing effects.

New publication confirms important improvements in the health of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people

16 May 2016

The Overview of Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health status 2015 provides a comprehensive summary of the most recent indicators of the health of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

PhD opportunities in behavioural/psychological aspects of diabetes

11 May 2016

The Australian Centre for Behavioural Research in Diabetes (ACBRD) is inviting expressions of interest from potential students who would be competitive applicants for a three year National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) PhD scholarship.

WA Aborignal medical service sector supports Federal Government plan for chronic disease patients

9 May 2016

The Aboriginal Health Council of Western Australia (AHCWA) said the Federal Government's new plan to provide better care for people with chronic illnesses amounted to trailing the Aboriginal medical service (AMS) model in non-Aboriginal communities.  A meeting in April of AMS Chief Executive Officers from Western Australia's (WA) welcomed the $20 million Health care homes trial, which will start on 1 July 2017 under the Healthier Medicare program.

Budget 2016-17: information of relevance to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health

4 May 2016

Federal Treasurer, Scott Morrison, delivered his first Australian Government Budget on Tuesday evening, 3 May 2016.

Registration now open for Diabetes Queensland annual Diabetes health forum

3 May 2016

Registration for the annual Diabetes Queensland Diabetes Health forum in Cairns on Thursday 9 June 2016 closes on Friday 3 June.

Registration now open for Diabetes Queensland annual Diabetes health forum

3 May 2016

Registration for the annual Diabetes Queensland Diabetes Health forum in Cairns on Thursday 9 June 2016, closes on Friday 3 June.

ADEA Diabetes research grant program EOI now open

28 April 2016

The Australian Diabetes Educators Association (ADEA) Research Foundation is seeking expressions of interest (EOI) for its inaugural Diabetes research grants program.

Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health release special Indigenous health issue

22 April 2016

The Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health have released a special issue which focuses specifically on Indigenous health.

Making a plan to manage diabetes

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.

Education the key to help halt diabetes

14 April 2016

Women from the remote community of Pormpuraaw in Cape York, Queensland, gathered in the lead up to Thursday 7 April, World Health Day, to talk about diabetes and highlight the importance of nutrition and physical activity.

Registrations now open for the Diabetes WA Aboriginal health forum

14 April 2016

Registrations are now open for the 4th annual Diabetes Western Australia (WA) Aboriginal health forum.

Port Lincoln contributes to diabetes plan for SA

7 April 2016

Port Lincoln Aboriginal Health Service has contributed to creating a statewide strategy for diabetes in Aboriginal communities in South Australia (SA).  The Wardliparingga Aboriginal Research Unit of the SA Health and Medical Research Institute is currently developing a type two diabetes strategy for Aboriginal people in SA.

The 2017 Diabetes Australia research program grant round is now open for applications

5 April 2016

Diabetes Australia research program grants are available to non-profit organisations concerned with the promotion of health care, education and/or medical research in the area of diabetes.

Diabetes Queensland to hold annual Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Worker/Health Practitioner forum in Cairns

4 April 2016

Diabetes Queensland will be holding their annual Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Worker/Health Practitioner forum in Cairns in June 2016.

Telehealth retinal screening extends to remote Goldfields

30 March 2016

The Western Australia (WA) Country Health Service has signed a partnership with Perth's Lions Eye Institute (LEI) to provide early screening for diabetes-related vision impairment by telehealth.  Patients living in the remote Goldfields region of WA can now access early screening programs, with nurses and Aboriginal Health Workers in Leonora, Laverton and Norseman having been trained by LEI staff to use a digital retinopathy system to carry out retinal screening.  Doctors at the Kalgoorlie Health Campus can also use the technology, which involves a fully automatic, easy to use fundus camera that captures high-resolution digital images of the central retina and transfers them to a network for remote viewing by specialists at LEI.

Registrations now open for ADEA-NSW branch conference

29 March 2016

Registrations are now open for the Australian Diabetes Educators Association (ADEA) New South Wales (NSW) branch conference being held on Saturday 4 June 2016 in Sydney, NSW.

Apron helps with injection sites for people with diabetes

23 March 2016

Apunipima Cape York Health Council diabetes educators have turned an apron into a rotation site aid to help people to remember the importance of continually changing the spot they inject insulin into.

The opportunities for pharmacists to play a role in Aboriginal health services

16 March 2016

There are many opportunities for pharmacists to help improve the health and wellbeing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians, but it's a complex area to work in.

Call for abstracts - ADEA - Victoria branch conference

14 March 2016

The call for abstracts for the Australian Diabetes Educators Association (ADEA), Victoria (Vic) branch conference is now open.

Rochelle Pitt sings for kidneys at Kidney Health Australia's Golf Day

10 March 2016

Rochelle Pitt, X Factor finalist and renal nurse for Apunipima Cape York Health Council, Queensland, sang at Kidney Health Australia's golf day in Melbourne on Monday 7 March.

World kidney day: Minister Scullion says less sugar for better kidney health

10 March 2016

In a media release issued today on World kidney day, Minister for Indigenous Affairs, Nigel Scullion, says less sugar for better kidney health.  Minister Scullion says that kidney disease is of particular importance for Australia where almost 20% of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander adults have indicators of chronic kidney disease and this figure rises to one-in-three in remote areas.

Map shows widespread impact of diabetes across Australia, Indigenous communities

8 March 2016

The prevalence of diabetes, particularly type 2, is rapidly increasing around the country.

Celebrating 35 years of achievement

7 March 2016

Established in 1981, the Australian Diabetes Educators Association (ADEA) will celebrate its 35th year of service in diabetes and diabetes education in 2016.

Registrations are open for the Western Australian branch conference and post-conference symposium

4 March 2016

Registration has opened for the Australian Diabetes Educators Association (ADEA) Western Australia (WA) branch conference to be held at New Norcia, WA in May 2016.

Take the test to check your risk of developing type 2 diabetes

3 March 2016

Insight is looking at the increasing rate of type 2 diabetes in Australia where roughly 230 people are diagnosed with the disease every day.  Type 2 diabetes is preventable through early changes to diet, lifestyle and exercise routine which can help manage blood sugar levels, by ensuring the cells that produce the hormone insulin - which regulates blood sugar levels - aren't worn out.

Australian Government announces $129.4 million in grants to support medical research

3 March 2016

The Turnbull Government has awarded $129.4 million in grants to Australia's preeminent researchers, helping fund Australia's commitment to fostering health and medical research.

Healthy weight week starts today

15 February 2016

Monday 15 February marks the beginning of Healthy weight week in Australia.  The week is an initiative of Dietitians Association of Australia, raising awareness of the importance of achieving and maintaining a healthy weight and lifestyle.

Healthy weight week kicks off next Monday 15 February

10 February 2016

Monday 15 February is the start of Healthy weight week.

New Closing the gap annual reports show limited progress in meeting targets

10 February 2016

Two critical reports were released this week, the Closing the gap: Prime Minister's report 2016, and the Closing the gap - progress and priorities report prepared by the Close the Gap Steering Committee.

Winnunga Nimmityjah Aboriginal Health Service to target obesity in 2016

11 January 2016

An obesity clinic will be introduced to Canberra's primary Aboriginal health service this year in an attempt to stem weight problems and diabetes rates in the community.

Dream it forward small grants opportunity

23 December 2015

Applications are now open for the Dream it forward small grants.

Call for abstracts - 2016 ADEA - WA branch conference

17 December 2015

The Australian Diabetes Educators Association (ADEA) are calling for abstract submissions for the Western Australian (WA) state conference to be held in New Norcia, WA on Friday 6 May and Saturday 7 May 2016.

Thinking of studying clinical psychology or undertaking continuing professional development in 2016?

16 December 2015

Clinical psychology scholarships and Continuing professional development scholarships are available for funding.

Online diabetes education course available for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Workers and Health Practitioners

10 December 2015

On behalf of Diabetes Australia and the National Diabetes Services Scheme (NDSS), Diabetes Queensland (Qld) has worked with the Australian Diabetes Educators Association (ADEA) to develop a free national online diabetes education training module specifically for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Workers and Health Practitioners.

Strong culture: a road to good health small grants

10 December 2015

As part of Diabetes Western Australia’s (WA) commitment to diabetes awareness and prevention, a number of small grants are being offered to implement innovative health promotion projects with a focus on diabetes prevention in WA primary schools and other relevant community settings.

The Lowitja Institute Research Leadership Award

8 December 2015

The winner of the 2015 Lowitja Institute Research Leadership Award is Professor Sandra Eades, Domain Head of Aboriginal Health and Disadvantaged Communities at Baker IDIHeart and Diabetes Institute.

Hitnet a hit, for diabetes self management

8 December 2015

Diabetes Queensland, on behalf of Diabetes Australia and Australian company 'Hitnet' have developed an interactive diabetes self management module for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

Approval for QAAMS service to use the HbA1c test to diagnose diabetes

30 November 2015

The Quality Assurance for Aboriginal Medical Services (QAAMS) is pleased to announce that the government has approved the expansion of the QAAMS program to include the use of the HbA1c test for the diagnosis of diabetes.

Indigenous Australians more likely to be at risk for, and die from, CVD, diabetes and kidney disease

26 November 2015

A new report from the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare shows that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are more likely than non-Indigenous people to be hospitalised for, and die from cardiovascular disease (CVD), diabetes and chronic kidney disease (CKD).

VACCHO survey: Aboriginal sugary drinks ad, being broadcast on NITV!

24 November 2015

The closing date for this survey has been extended to Friday 4 December 2015.

ADEA Research Foundation launch

24 November 2015

Minister for Health, the Hon Sussan Ley MP, joined the Australian Diabetes Educators Association (ADEA) to launch their new Research Foundation at Old Parliament House on Friday 13 November 2015 and to celebrate World Diabetes Day 2015.

Check today, see tomorrow resources

24 November 2015

The Check today, see tomorrow resource kit has been developed to increase awareness about diabetes eye care and the need for people with diabetes to have a yearly eye check, to help prevent vision loss and blindness.

IDF diabetes atlas at WDC 2015

18 November 2015

On Tuesday 1 December, at the 2015 World diabetes congress, the International Diabetes Federation (IDF) will launch the IDF diabetes atlas 7th edition report.

Indigenous great-grandmother reverses type 2 diabetes and loses 45kg with exercise, healthy eating

17 November 2015

When Ngarrindjeri great-grandmother Maxine Risk-Sumner was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes in 2008, she began a journey that saw her lose 45 kilograms and turn her life around.

Shining a light on diabetes prevention

16 November 2015

Apunipma's diabetes education team are continuing to spread the message about chronic disease prevention with a yarning and activity session to be held at Kowanyama in North Queensland tomorrow November 17.

$630 million for almost 900 research projects announced by the NHMRC

12 November 2015

The Turnbull Government will invest more than $600 million to support Australia's world-leading researchers to find the next prevention of disease or cure, announced Minister for Health, Sussan Ley, last week.

Early call for ADEA proposals for symposia, workshops, masterclasses

11 November 2015

The Australian Diabetes Educators Association (ADEA) organising committee would like to invite qualified individuals, partnerships and universities to submit a proposal for the presentation of symposia, workshops or masterclasses for the ADS ADEA Annual Scientific Meeting 2016.

Diabetes Queensland heads to Mt Isa to spread healthy messages

5 November 2015

Diabetes Queensland is seeking to expand its team of volunteers to help educate communities in Queensland's west about diabetes.

New campaign to target sugary soft drinks

12 October 2015

An ad campaign from the Cancer Council, Heart Foundation and West Australian Health Department that aims to reduce Australians' daily intake of high sugar content soft drink is being rolled out in Victoria.

Broome's big buddas put the muscle on Indigenous obesity

9 October 2015

Aboriginal men in Broome, Western Australia, have shown that high rates of Indigenous obesity can be turned around with a bit of sweaty, hard work.

New eye health and diabetes e-learning module

8 October 2015

In partnership with Optometry Australia and supported by Bayer, the Australian Diabetes Educators Association (ADEA) presents the first e-learning module on diabetes and eye health.

Indigenous rugby league players join the push for healthy lifestyles to help close the gap

6 October 2015

An annual rugby league carnival held to showcase the talents of Queensland's young Indigenous players has gone sugar, alcohol and tobacco free to promote healthier lifestyle choices.

The World Diabetes Day (WWD) interactive map is now online

29 September 2015

The World Diabetes Day (WWD) interactive map is now online.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet user survey now open

28 September 2015

The Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet (now in our 18th year) is conducting an evaluation of our web resource by running a national user survey.

TGA statement regarding SGLT2 inhibitors - safety advisory

24 September 2015

The Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) has recently published information regarding SGLT2 inhibitors titled Sodium glucose co-transporter 2 inhibitors - used to treat type 2 diabetes - safety advisory – risk of diabetic ketoacidosis.

Feltmum™ is now available

24 September 2015

The Victorian Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation (VACCHO) and Diabetes Victoria (Vic) have developed Feltmum™, a diabetes in pregnancy add-on kit for the Feltman™ resource.

Mothers' milk bank aims to reduce infant diabetes risk

24 September 2015

A human milk donation charity wants to expand its services to help combat the rise of type one diabetes, particularly in the Indigenous community.

New CDN Coordinator highlights 19th Annual Chronic Diseases Network conference lineup

22 September 2015

The new Chronic Diseases Network (CDN) Coordinator, Alexis Nguyen is looking forward to the fabulous lineup of speakers and sessions at the 19th Annual Chronic Disease Network Conference taking place in Darwin, Northern Territory this week on Thursday 24 and Friday 25 September 2015.  Health professionals and other interested individuals are encouraged to attend the conference and the breakfast seminar held this Thursday morning.

Diabetes WA invites Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Workers and Health Practitioners to register their interest for training in the DESMOND program in 2016

22 September 2015

Diabetes WA are currently carrying out a trial of the Diabetes education and self-management for ongoing and newly diagnosed, (DESMOND) and would love to have the involvement and input of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Workers and Health Practitioners.

Wardliparingga announces landmark type 2 diabetes study for the South Australian Aboriginal community

2 September 2015

Type 2 diabetes affects over 400 million people and is a complex challenge globally.

Diabetes incidence mapped across Australia, highest rates in SA and NT

31 August 2015

Diabetes is most prevalent in South Australia (SA) and the Northern Territory (NT), new mapping from Diabetes Australia has shown.

Strong culture small grant applications open now

25 August 2015

Diabetes Western Australia (WA) small grant applications are now open.

NT joins global effort to combat diabetes effecting more and more mothers and babies around the world

25 August 2015

One of Australia's leading diabetes specialists has been awarded a research grant as part of a global effort to combat the growing incidence of type 2 diabetes.

Apunipima first to take diabetes technology to the Cape

24 August 2015

For the first time clients with diabetes in Cape York, Queensland have access to technology to help them better understand their blood sugar levels (BSLs).

Department of Health inviting feedback on discussion paper addressing care of patients with chronic and complex conditions

6 August 2015

The Department of Health has released an options discussion paper, Better outcomes for people living with chronic and complex health conditions through primary health care, and is inviting feedback from patients, health professionals and interested parties.

Primary health care in focus at research summit

29 July 2015

The Primary Healthcare Research and Information Service (PHCRIS) at Flinders University, South Australia, is hosting a conference for healthcare researchers from across Australia and NZ.

Kowanyama residents learn about healthy lifestyles to avoid chronic disease

28 July 2015

Residents of the remote community of Kowanyama, in the Cape York region of Queensland, were recently provided with an education session to learn about the importance of healthy lifestyles for avoiding chronic diseases.

Campaign to raise funds for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health organisation

28 July 2015

Graham 'Buzz' Bidstrup, Chief Executive of the Jimmy Little Foundation, has launched a campaign to raise funds for the organisation to continue to run a number of programs, which provide services for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people with, or at risk of a chronic disease.

Diabetes patients improve with monitoring

14 July 2015

Australian researchers have determined that diabetes sufferers improve their health and response to the disease through monitoring and counselling.

Refuelling diabetes knowledge at pitstops a success

13 July 2015

In the run up to Diabetes Awareness Week 12 - 18 July, Apunipima Cape York Health Council's healthy lifestyle team held two successful pitstops in Wujal Wujal and Hopevale, North Queensland.

National Diabetes Week

13 July 2015

Diabetes Australia has officially launched National Diabetes Week at the Lightwell in Federation Square, Melbourne, Victoria highlighting that three out of four people substantially underestimate the prevalence of diabetes in our community.

National Diabetes Week 2015

10 July 2015

This year, the National Diabetes Week campaign, which runs from 12 - 18 July, raises awareness of the seriousness of diabetes and the growing number of people who have it.

Simplifying diagnosis of diabetes in remote Indigenous settings

7 July 2015

Researchers have found a way of simplifying the diagnosis of diabetes in Indigenous Australians living in remote health care settings, according to a study published in the Medical Journal of Australia.

Beat it tackles chronic disease in Cape York

29 June 2015

Up to 15 participants graduated from Beat it this week, an exercise program for people with or at risk of chronic disease being delivered in Cape York communities in Queensland.

NSW Health, NSWRL fighting obesity

23 June 2015

Assistant Minister for Health, Pru Goward, and the New South Wales (NSW) Rugby League last night announced the winners of the first round of the statewide Knockout health challenge, which is tackling obesity in Aboriginal communities in New South Wales (NSW).

The need for speed

17 June 2015

For former rugby league stars Clinton Toopi and Preston Campbell, September has traditionally been about finals footy but this year the pair are turning their attention to a different sort of competition.

Inawintji's story on Living Black

16 June 2015

Chronic lifestyle diseases have become one of the leading causes of death among Indigenous Australians.

Thumbs up for trial allowing older Indigenous patients to monitor health with technology

26 May 2015

A pilot project using computer tablets to help elderly Indigenous people keep track of their health has been hailed a success.

Budget 2015-16: information of relevance to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health

13 May 2015

Federal Treasurer, Joe Hockey, delivered his second Australian Government Budget on Tuesday evening, 12 May 2015.

ADEA Information sheets for health professionals – new and updated

11 May 2015

The Australian Diabetes Educators Association (ADEA) has been funded by the National diabetes services scheme to update the current ADEA position statements (now known as information sheets) and identify and develop two new information sheets.

Overview of Australian Indigenous health status 2014 released

29 April 2015

The Overview of Australian Indigenous health status 2014 (Overview) has been released, and is now freely available from the Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet web resource.

More diabetes-related problems if healthcare not fixed in Northern Territory, expert warns

28 April 2015

There will be more people suffering from diabetes-related illness, including blindness, unless changes are made to healthcare in the Northern Territory (NT), warned the head of an Indigenous health research organisation.

Call for input into diabetes strategy

22 April 2015

A national  consultation process aimed at formulating a National diabetes strategy has begun.

Active lifestyle program encouraging participation from Cape York community

14 April 2015

People in Cape York, Queensland, with or at risk of chronic disease, are being encouraged to take part in an active lifestyle program aimed at helping beat the onset of disease.

Report released: Australian burden of disease study: fatal burden of disease in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people 2010

10 April 2015

The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) has recently released their second report in the Australian burden of disease study series.

The 2016 Diabetes Australia research program grant round is now open for applications

1 April 2015

Diabetes Australia research program grants are available to non-profit organisations concerned with the promotion of health care, education and/or medical research in the area of diabetes.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander teenagers drinking 1.2 litres of sugary drink a day

23 March 2015

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander teenagers are drinking more than a litre of sugary drinks a day according to new data released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics.

New camera for eye health program in New South Wales

3 March 2015

The Wellington Aboriginal Corporation Health Service (WACHS) in New South Wales (NSW) won a Digital Retinography System (DRS) camera late last year when they received the Fred Hollows Foundation Eye Health Award in recognition for the service they offer communities as well as their understanding of the importance of eye health in Aboriginal communities.

Health coaching significantly improves risk outcomes for chronic disease sufferers

17 February 2015

A telephone-based coaching program in Queensland has been shown to reduce risk factors for cardiovascular disease and type 2 diabetes in both Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal participants.

Little progress in Indigenous targets

13 February 2015

The latest Closing the gap report has revealed little progress on eliminating the disadvantages Indigenous Australians experience in health, school and work.

Closing the gap annual reports released

11 February 2015

Two critical reports were released today, the Closing the gap: Prime Minister's report 2015 and the Closing the gap - progress and priorities report prepared by the Close the Gap Steering Committee.

Diabetes Western Australia (WA) Aboriginal health forum

11 February 2015

Diabetes WA are now inviting organisations in WA who are working with Aboriginal communities in chronic disease prevention and management to apply to present their work at the 2015 Aboriginal Health forum.

Health checks aim to ensure clean bill of health

10 February 2015

Apunipima Cape York Health Council is offering free checks to the community of Hopevale, Queensland, to assist the local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to maintain good health.

Get inspired to achieve a healthier weight and lifestyle this Healthy weight week

5 February 2015

Australia’s healthy weight week (AHWW), running from 16-22 February 2015, is an opportunity for people across Australia to get involved in actively managing their weight.

Life-changing insulin pump for teen

2 February 2015

A North Coast Medicare Local (NCML) Aboriginal health program has changed a teenage girl's life, through the purchase of an insulin pump, to help he control her diabetes. Leteasha Ruttley is a 15-year-old Aboriginal teenager living in the Port Macquarie area with type one diabetes.

Diabetes WA - Strong culture: a road to good health small grants applications now open

29 January 2015

Diabetes Western Australia (WA) are pleased to announce applications are now open for small grants of between $500 and $3,000 for WA schools, youth centres, community groups or organisations to implement innovative diabetes prevention programs.

Indigenous use of aged care services far less than that of wider population

29 January 2015

Indigenous Australians seek aged care services at just over one-third the rate of the wider population, a Productivity Commission report has found, despite requiring aged care facilities earlier due to high rates of disability and chronic disease.

Disease leads Shirley on path to help other sufferers

27 January 2015

When 40 year old Thursday Islander, Shirley Kusu was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes seven years ago, she had no idea what the disease was, but went to great lengths to manage her condition and became a nurse at her local hospital.

Diabetes Queensland - Diabetes action plan for 2015

22 January 2015

Diabetes Queensland (Qld) has released their Diabetes action plan for 2015.

WA kidney transplant trial

12 January 2015

Western Australia (WA) researchers are trying to cut the number of kidney transplant patients who develop diabetic complications that can cause organ rejection.

Launch of national diabetes services scheme (NDSS) resources

7 January 2015

A range of new resources for Australians with diabetes are now available.

Dedicated diabetes clinic has benefits for patients

7 January 2015

A 'one-stop' health clinic for diabetes has led to better and more effective monitoring of patients with the condition, new research in Canberra, Australian Capital Territory, has revealed.

More support for people living with diabetes

15 December 2014

A range of new resources for Australians with diabetes have been launched by Health Minister, Peter Dutton, in an attempt to help people better manage their diabetes.

Novel approach to improving Aboriginal and Torres Strait chronic disease outcomes

2 December 2014

Chronic disease in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples is a major concern for implementing appropriate health services that consider the role of culture and family in maintaining a person's holistic wellbeing.

Lions Eye Institute forging new partnerships to strengthen Indigenous eye health

2 December 2014

The Lions Eye Institute (LEI) is forging new partnerships with Diabetes WA and Aboriginal Medical Services in Perth and country WA, to drive improvements in Indigenous eye health.

Tour Da Country ends at Albion Park

1 December 2014

The 2014 Tour Da Country riders finished their final stage of their journey last Friday and celebrated with local community members at a family fun day in Albion Park, Albury, New South Wales.

Placing diabetes technology in the palm of people’s hands

24 November 2014

The Minister for Health, Peter Dutton and the Minister for Communications, Malcolm Turnbull, marked World Diabetes Day on the 14 November 2014, by launching a free phone app that will help Australians better understand and manage the impact of diabetes.

ABS stats show life expectancy in Territory years behind rest of Australia

19 November 2014

Latest Australian Bureau of Statistic (ABS) data shows people living in the Northern Territory (NT) have the lowest life expectancies across Australia.

Overcoming Indigenous disadvantage: key indicators 2014 released

19 November 2014

The Steering Committee for the Review of Government Service Provision have recently released the report, Overcoming Indigenous disadvantage: key indicators 2014.

New framework for action on diabetes and diabetes service standards

19 November 2014

Following extensive consultation, the Diabetes and Endocrine Health Network has released a framework for action on diabetes, which includes a set of diabetes service standards.

Wellington Aboriginal Health Service has eye on prize

17 November 2014

Humble, understated, passionate and respected, all things people will tell you about Pauline Wicks and Kath Richards who for many years have worked in eye health.

World diabetes day and Walk to work day 2014

14 November 2014

Today is World diabetes day and Diabetes Australia's Walk to work day.

Vision loss program for Aboriginal communities launched with world's biggest guide dog in NSW

14 November 2014

Gulliver, the world’s biggest Guide Dog, visited Yass in New South Wales (NSW) on Monday 10 November 2014, as part of a tour launching a vision loss awareness program for local Aboriginal communities.

Aboriginal men's health issues: diabetes and cancer

12 November 2014

Men travelled from all parts of the state - from Dubbo to Grafton, north west from Tamworth and up and down the Mid-North Coast from Forster to Woolgoolga, to discuss issues relating to Aboriginal men's health.

Cardiovascular disease and diabetes symposium speaker presentations

10 November 2014

Baker IDI Heart and Diabetes Institute has released the majority of the speaker presentations from the recent Cardiovascular disease (CVD) and diabetes symposium held in Alice Springs in October 2014.

New service aims to close blindness gap

10 November 2014

National figures show that Indigenous people over the age of 40 who are suffering from diabetes currently have six times the rate of blindness and vision impairment compared to non-Indigenous people.

World diabetes day 2014

4 November 2014

This World diabetes day (WDD), the International Diabetes Federation (IDF) is underlining the importance of simple, cost effective interventions such as healthy breakfasts, to lessen the global burden of diabetes, and save billions in lost productivity and healthcare costs.

Preventing chronic complications at Pormpuraaw

3 November 2014

Last week, healthy activities to avoid chronic disease complications, such as type 2 diabetes, were presented to residents of Pormpuraaw, in Queensland's Cape York.

A strong Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Workforce key to Closing the gap

29 October 2014

The Australian Government has made a $3.1 billion commitment to Indigenous health funding for the next four years, a crucial part of which is supporting the role of Indigenous Health Workers, the Assistant Minister for Health, Fiona Nash, said today.

Territorian's marathon journey

28 October 2014

A young Territorian, Allirra Braun, has stared down diabetes, excess weight and grief to qualify for one of the world's most intense marathons.

Cardiovascular disease, diabetes and chronic kidney disease - Australian facts: mortality released

24 October 2014

Cardiovascular disease, diabetes and chronic kidney disease were the underlying cause of 36 percent of all deaths in 2011, according to a report released this week by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW).

Researchers, communities, government and not-for-profit sector band together to improve Indigenous health outcomes

17 October 2014

Health and medical researchers have teamed up with Indigenous community organisations, policymakers, businesses and others on the frontlines of health care delivery to help improve the health of Indigenous communities, as part of five National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Partnership project grants announced today.

New tools to support health services deliver better programs

15 October 2014

A strong desire to support health workers deliver better programs to prevent chronic disease was the motivation behind a research project undertaken by a Charles Darwin University (CDU) PhD candidate who will graduate this week.

New evaluation paper: Quality improvement in practice: improving diabetes care and patient outcomes in Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Services

10 October 2014

The management of chronic disease, including diabetes, is a central focus of most Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Services (ACCHSs) in Australia.

Indigenous dementia rates three times higher than general population

7 October 2014

The peak body for Alzheimer's sufferers and their carers has said that not enough is being done to combat a 'looming epidemic' of Indigenous Australians suffering dementia.

National approach needed to improve specialist care for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders

6 October 2014

Despite a higher burden of illness and chronic disease, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people access fewer Medicare-rebated specialist services than non-Indigenous people, prompting calls from a peak medical group for a national approach to address the inequity.

Blind, but soon they'll see...Australia's first Indigenous eye doctor goes to work

6 October 2014

Australia's first Indigenous eye doctor Dr Kris Rallah-Baker is set to become an ophthalmologist next year.

New Department of Health education resources to cut obesity rates and prevent chronic disease

30 September 2014

A new education resource has been released by the Department of Health to encourage Indigenous communities to drink water instead of sugary drinks to help cut obesity rates and prevent chronic disease.

The Person-centered care project

26 September 2014

The Person-centered care project funded by the National diabetes services scheme will build on the work conducted in 2013-14 on the revision of the Client-centred care position statement and the development of a Health literacy position statement.

Derby Indigenous hostel to offer range of support services

15 September 2014

The operators of a new Aboriginal hostel in Derby, Western Australia, say the facility will double as a support hub for clients.

Trialling DESMOND in Aboriginal communities

15 September 2014

Diabetes WA is trialling the Diabetes education self-management for ongoing and newly diagnosed (DESMOND) program in Aboriginal communities in Western Australia (WA).

Outcomes of the Feltman evaluation

11 September 2014

In 2012-13, the Victorian Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation (VACCHO) and Diabetes Australia Victoria (Vic) conducted an online evaluation survey to gain feedback on the Feltman resource and training package.

Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health survey: biomedical results, 2012-13 released

11 September 2014

The Australian Bureau of Statistics have released the Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health survey: biomedical results, 2012-13, the largest biomedical survey ever conducted for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians.

NSW knockout health challenge boosts fitness

9 September 2014

A health promotion program organised by New South Wales (NSW) Health in conjunction with NSW Rugby League has seen participants make positive changes to both their health and lifestyles.

Feltmum on the way

8 September 2014

Nearly everyone has heard of Feltman, the award winning education tool that was launched by Diabetes Australia Vic and the Victorian Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation (VACCHO) in 2010.

On the pulse in diabetes fight at Orange Aboriginal Medical Service

25 August 2014

Diabetic Wendy Moore says the Orange Aboriginal Medical Service (OAMS) is making a great contribution to raising awareness of and treating people from the Indigenous community who have diabetes.

More than two-thirds of Palm Island’s adults could have type 2 diabetes or be at high risk

21 August 2014

Two-thirds of adults on Palm Island, Queensland (more than 1000 people) could be living with type 2 diabetes or be at a high risk of developing the condition, warned Diabetes Queensland. The revelation came despite Queensland Health statistics showing only around 200 Palm Island residents are being treated for the condition by the public health system.

Taipans shoot to prevent type 2 diabetes

20 August 2014

An innovative new campaign is set to help slam dunk type 2 diabetes amongst Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in Far North Queensland (Qld).

The talk that could save your life

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.

Diabetes WA - Strong culture: a road to good health small grants applications now open

19 August 2014

Diabetes Western Australia (WA) are pleased to announce applications are now open for small grants of between $500 and $3,000 for WA schools, youth centres, community groups or organisations to implement innovative diabetes prevention programs.

Health improvement follows better service access in Napranum

12 August 2014

A clinical audit undertaken by Apunipima Cape York Health Council's Dr Fiona Purcell has shown that people who have greater access to health services markedly improve their blood pressure and diabetes control.

Apunipima to highlight Deadly choices message at Mapoon community day

11 August 2014

Apunipima Cape York Health Council is holding a Deadly choices community day this week with the people of Mapoon, Queensland (Qld), encouraging healthy lifestyle choices in the areas of nutrition, smoking and physical activity.

Diabetes Research Western Australia (WA) grants now open

7 August 2014

Diabetes Research WA is again offering two separate WA based diabetes research grants of $75,000.

Diabetes education goes digital

28 July 2014

Diabetes Queensland and CheckUp have developed an innovative new e-learning initiative Diabetes Connect, supporting time-poor GPs and allied health professionals like nurses and dieticians.

CQUniversity researchers to investigate chronic disease conditions in Rockhampton

22 July 2014

Researchers from CQUniversity were recently awarded with a $45,194 grant from Central Queensland Medicare Local to commence a study that explores Indigenous knowledge, experiences and perceptions of chronic disease conditions in the greater Rockhampton region.

National Diabetes Week launch

16 July 2014

To coincide with National Diabetes Week, Diabetes Australia is launching a new prevention campaign urging all Australians to see if they are at risk of type 2 diabetes.

Where are you on your health journey?

15 July 2014

To mark National Diabetes Week in Western Australia (WA) Diabetes WA aims to raise awareness of diabetes and its growing prevalence in WA communities.

Specialists calls for greater focus on diabetes in pregnancy this National Diabetes Week

14 July 2014

To mark National Diabetes Week 2014, 13 to 19 July, one of Australia’s leading diabetes specialists has called for greater awareness about the importance of early screening for high-risk women in order to diagnose type 2 diabetes in pregnancy.

Online diabetes education for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Workers

9 July 2014

Diabetes Queensland has developed a Online diabetes education training program for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Workers/Health Practitioners.

Film documenting community's journey to health opens NAIDOC week

9 July 2014

A film documenting one of Australia's most remote Indigenous community's journey to health premièred at celebrations to mark the start of NAIDOC week.

Catherine Chamberlain presents gestational diabetes research results in Cairns

7 July 2014

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.

Study reveals fruit and vegetables delay onset of multiple chronic diseases

27 June 2014

In the first study of its kind, a group of international scientists have examined the role of a healthy diet in delaying the onset of multiple chronic diseases such as diabetes, heart disease and high blood pressure.

Australia's health 2014 released

25 June 2014

A report released today by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW), Australia's health 2014, shows that despite general good health, lifestyle-related chronic diseases are a leading cause of illness, disability and death in Australia.

Meet the mob: James Charles

20 June 2014

With a partner and five sons, James Charles spends a lot of time on his feet. Before moving to Lake Macquarie he was a podiatrist in Adelaide.

Posters for sight design competition

20 June 2014

Posters for sight, now in its second year, are running their poster design competition for tertiary and school students, to help in the fight against blindness and vision impairment.

Living longer, smoking less but eating ourselves sick

12 June 2014

According to an extensive report on health care by the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) reform council, Australian are living longer, smoking less and fewer children are dying.

Dead or deadly program changing lives of local Indigenous women

11 June 2014

The Dead or deadly health and wellbeing program, run through Waminda, the South Coast Women's Health and Welfare Aboriginal Corporation, is making a positive change for Indigenous women in the community of Nowra, by tackling issues of health and personal and family wellbeing.

First Australian free online training resources on eye health and diabetes launched today

29 May 2014

The first Australian free online training resources on eye health and diabetes was launched today, 29 May 2014, in Alice Springs at the Central Australian Aboriginal Congress.

Focus on eye health and diabetes in the Kimberley

29 May 2014

Health experts are meeting in Broome today, 29 May 2014, to discuss how to prevent blindness in a growing number of people with diabetes.

Health overhaul closes the gap

26 May 2014

Six months has been added to the life expectancy of Aboriginal people living in south east Queensland with the launch of streamlined chronic disease services and aggressive preventive health programs masterminded by local Indigenous medical clinics.  Just five years after overhauling the region’s Indigenous health services, the rate of diabetes-­related illnesses, chronic heart disease, smoking and obesity has fallen dramatically among the 70,000 Aboriginal people living in and around Brisbane.

Reminder: WA Diabetes standards - consultation on final draft

22 May 2014

The Western Australian (WA) Diabetes and Endocrine Health Network Executive Advisory Group invites you to provide your feedback on the draft WA Diabetes standards.  The Network has produced a set of WA Diabetes standards as a step toward developing more equitable, accessible and evidence-based diabetes services in Western Australia.

World Diabetes Day 2014: healthy living and diabetes

19 May 2014

World Diabetes Day is a campaign that aims to engage millions of people worldwide in diabetes advocacy and awareness, held on 14th November each year.

New agreement to strengthen Aboriginal health initiatives in Central Australia

12 May 2014

In a move designed to bring greater resources to bear on Aboriginal health in Central Australia, the largest Aboriginal health service in the Northern Territory will join forces with one of Australia's most prominent medical research institutes under a new agreement to be signed today.

Gestational diabetes cases rapidly increasing

6 May 2014

The rate of gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM) in Australia has risen across the board but has almost doubled in non-Indigenous women, new research shows.

Promoting water consumption in remote communities

1 May 2014

This year's Australian Health Promotion Scholarship recipient, Rochelle Tobin is working with the Public Health Advocacy Institute of WA (PHAIWA) and Diabetes WA to promote healthier beverage choices in two remote Aboriginal communities in the Kimberley.

Diabetic women face higher risk of stroke

1 April 2014

A review of more than 60 studies has shown that women with type 2 diabetes have a 27% higher risk of stroke than men with diabetes.

Closing up the gap

27 March 2014

The Ceduna District Health Services and Country North SA Medicare Local (CNSAML) promoted Indigenous health for Close the gap day on March 20, 2014.

Diabetes death rate rises in Indigenous communities

26 March 2014

Indigenous West Australians (WA) are now more than 10 times more likely to die due to diabetes than their non-Indigenous counterparts, according to new figures from the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS).

Improving Aboriginal eye care pathways

20 March 2014

Diabetes related blindness in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians is 14 times higher than in non-Indigenous populations.

Weight alone not to blame for rise in type 1 diabetes

17 March 2014

Research spanning two decades confirms the increasing weight gain alone is not to blame for the rise in type 1 diabetes in Australian children.

Diabetes Research Grants now open for 2015

12 March 2014

The 2015 Diabetes Australia research grants are now open.

Jump for a cure diabetes

10 March 2014

Jump to cure diabetes is a national Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) fundraising event that takes place all around Australia.

Diabetes WA heads to diabetes hotspot of the Great Southern

6 March 2014

The Diabetes WA team are heading to next month's Wagin Woolorama on March 7 and 8 after identifying the town as a diabetes hotspot, with 6.3% of residents currently living with the condition.

Generating a report card for type 2 diabetes in Australia

3 March 2014

The latest initiative by Diabetes Australian to turn around the increasing burden of diabetes is the National diabetes strategy and action plan.

Helping Canberra turn type 2 diabetes round

27 February 2014

The health of Australia's Parliament was in the spotlight when Diabetes Australia conducted health checks and type 2 diabetes risk assessments with the country's 150 federal members.

Australian researchers working on a test to predict type 1 diabetes

20 February 2014

Australian researchers at the Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research in Western Australia (WA) are hoping to develop a test to predict type 1 diabetes.

Funding boost for Australian researchers

18 February 2014

The Australian Government today announced $133 million in funding to help Australian researchers find new health treatments and cures.

Indigenous diabetes eyes and screening van hits the road in regional Queensland

17 February 2014

Hervey Bay's Galangoor Duwalami Clinic will be the regular point of call for the new Indigenous Diabetes Eyes and Screening (IDEAS) van mobile screening clinic.

Five year partnership to combat diabetic retinopathy

11 February 2014

The Fred Hollows Foundation is pleased to announce a new five year partnership with the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) to combat diabetic retinopathy.

Indigenous health van hits the road to treat diabetes-related blindness

6 February 2014

Queensland Health has launched a $5 million project to tackle a serious but preventable health problem in Indigenous communities.

New technology to combat diabetes pandemic

3 February 2014

Diabetes Australia and eftpos have partnered to launch a new digital platform mobile app to assist more than 3.5 million Australians with diabetes or pre-diabetes.

Indigenous residents of Goondiwindi will benefit from new chronic disease care coordinator

21 January 2014

Indigenous residents suffering from chronic disease in the town of Goondiwindi in Queensland will be able to better manage their condition after the establishment of a regular fortnightly outreach clinic at the Goondiwindi hospital.

Short films delivering positive health messages in remote Indigenous communities

8 January 2014

A Darwin-based record company, Skinnyfish Music, is using its connections with Indigenous musicians to spread health messages in remote communities.

DNA scientist looks at Indigenous diabetes

6 January 2014

A Danish ancient genetics expert says that Indigenous Australian people should be open to scientific researchers looking for better diabetes treatments.

Diabetes rise increases amputation danger

12 December 2013

Associate Professor Neale Cohen from the Baker IDI Heart and Diabetes Institute has warned that type 2 diabetes is one of the greatest health epidemics in modern times, and that Australians are risking amputations, kidney failure and blindness by not taking it seriously.

New eye health van to help prevent diabetic retinopathy in Queensland

11 December 2013

A new medical van carrying equipment to prevent blindness caused by diabetes will commence working across nine Queensland Indigenous communities in February 2014.

39,292 annual eye examinations would help close the gap on diabetic retinopathy among Indigenous Australians

9 December 2013

A new study by Dr Ya-seng Hsueh and Professor Hugh Taylor of the University of Melbourne has estimated the extent of additional expenditure needed to overcome the eye health gap between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians.

Digging our graves with our teeth: the diabetes epidemic

4 December 2013

Leading diabetes researchers say that more than half the cases of type 2 diabetes could be avoided through intensive, sustained changes in diet and exercise.

Telehealth increasing early detection in outback Australia

3 December 2013

Indigenous Australians at risk of permanent blindness caused by diabetes are receiving world-class health care thanks to a new initiative funded by The Fred Hollows Foundation.

Health project work completed

2 December 2013

The children of the Turlku Birni Community Choir travelled hundreds of kilometres to sing in the celebration of the completion of the fieldwork phase of the Western desert kidney health project.

Diabetes Council says up to 50% of Indigenous people have diabetes

29 November 2013

The Australian Diabetes Council says that Indigenous communities in the Murray-Darling region of Australia have diabetes rates of up to 50%, while the rate for non-Indigenous people is 7%.

Diabetes WA and Desert Feet Tour win creative partnerships award

28 November 2013

The Aboriginal health team at Diabetes WA in partnership with the Desert Feet Tour are the joint winners in the arts and health category of the Creative Partnerships Australia WA award.

Diabetic blindness a growing risk in developing countries

25 November 2013

Diabetic retinopathy is likely to be a key subject of discussion at the upcoming World Diabetes Congress to be held in Melbourne from 2 December to 6 December 2013.

Report raises alarm over Torres Strait diabetes

21 November 2013

The new edition of the World Diabetes Atlas by the International Diabetes Federation, has highlighted very high rates of diabetes among the Torres Strait Islander population in Australia.

New Cape York health centre to address chronic disease

21 November 2013

The Apunipima Cape York Health Council is hoping that a new facility at Kowanyama will help to reduce the burden of chronic disease in the next generation.

ADEA 'A journey to healthy eating habits' competition winners announced

19 November 2013

In recognition of World Diabetes Day the Australian Diabetes Educators Association (ADEA) ran a competition to promote healthy eating as a means of reducing the risk of type 2 diabetes.

New Australian Diabetes Council Chair of diabetes is hopeful for the future

18 November 2013

Professor Charles Mackay has been announced as the Australian Diabetes Council Chair of Diabetes at the University of Sydney's new Charles Perkins Centre, and believes that new research will result in a significant reduction in the incidence of all types of diabetes in the near future.

Focus on eyes on World Diabetes Day

14 November 2013

Thursday 14 November is World Diabetes Day and this year the Fred Hollows Foundation are focussed on ending diabetes related avoidable blindness.

New tool to assess the risk of type 2 diabetes

8 November 2013

A new online tool has been released to assess the risk of developing type 2 diabetes.

Newest edition of the World diabetes atlas to be released on World Diabetes Day

5 November 2013

The newest edition of the World diabetes atlas will be released on World Diabetes Day, Thursday 14 November 2013.

Menzies delivers evaluation of federal chronic disease package

30 October 2013

Primary healthcare policy and planning experts from the Menzies School of Health Research (Menzies) have welcomed the release of the report into the landscape of chronic disease in Indigenous Australians.

Diabetes sufferers are twice as likely to have a disability

30 October 2013

A new report from the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare shows that 39% of people who suffer from diabetes have a disability, as compared to 17% of those without diabetes.

New medicines added to the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme

28 October 2013

A number of new medicines to treat cancer, diabetes, multiple sclerosis and other diseases have been added to the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS).

NHMRC announces health and medical research grants

25 October 2013

The Prime Minister the Hon Tony Abbott MP has announced $559.1 million to Australian health and medical researchers to generate new health discoveries across Australia.

Australian Aboriginal birth cohort study commenced fourth wave of data collection

17 October 2013

The oldest and largest study of Aboriginal people in Australia has begun its fourth wave of data collection.

Make eye checks a priority for diabetes

14 October 2013

The Macular Disease Foundation Australia and Diabetes Australia are calling on all Australians living with diabetes and health professionals to make eye checks a priority.

New diet to beat diabetes - fresh fruit cuts risk by a quarter

10 October 2013

Results from three longitudinal studies have found that portion-controlled consumption of fresh whole fruits three times per week can reduce the risk of developing type 2 diabetes by a quarter.

New research shows that most diabetes sufferers will develop diabetic eye disease

9 October 2013

New research by the Baker IDI Heart and Diabetes Institute and the Centre for Eye Research Australia, shows that almost all people with type 1 diabetes and 60% of people with type 2 diabetes will develop some form of diabetic eye disease within 20 years of diagnosis.

Professor Alex Brown invites attendance at the Indigenous stream of the World diabetes conference

8 October 2013

Professor Alex Brown is inviting people to attend the 'Diabetes in Indigenous People' stream at the World diabetes conference, to be held in Melbourne, Victoria, from 2 December to 6 December 2013.

Survey shows that Indigenous people in remote WA communities age at a quicker rate than others

3 October 2013

Research in Western Australia's remote Kimberley region has found that the Indigenous population are ageing at a much quicker rate than other Australians.

Landmark rethink sugary drink forum to drive appetite for consumer change

2 October 2013

Leading public health experts and community organisations are gathering in Melbourne on 2 October 2013 to discuss the growing health risks associated with Australians' high consumption of sugary drinks and to discuss policy options to reduce consumption.

Diabetes sufferer gets back on his feet

30 September 2013

Indigenous man Grayson Scott, a diabetes sufferer of ten years, is thankful to the staff of the Illawarra Shoalhaven Medicare Local's Care co-ordination and supplementary services (CCSS) program for improving his diabetes prognosis and saving his foot from being amputated: a complication associated with diabetes.

50 days to world diabetes day

25 September 2013

World diabetes day on 14 November 2013 is only 50 days away.

Whey protein could help reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes: study

25 September 2013

Australian researchers, headed by Professor Phillip Newsholme of Curtin University, have discovered that whey protein could help reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes.

Indigenous researcher to visit Diabetes Institute in San Diego

23 September 2013

Indigenous researcher Sean Taylor from the Centre for Research Excellence at James Cook University is to visit the Behavioural Diabetes Institute at the University of California, San Diego, United States, in 2014.

The Queensland Aboriginal and Islander Health council external report 2013 highlights success of community controlled health services

16 September 2013

The Queensland Aboriginal and Islander Health Council (QAIHC) external report 2013 (the Report) on primary health care data extracted from community controlled clinics across Queensland shows significant gains in health access and improvements, whilst demonstrating there is more work needed in coming years.

New diabetes resources

11 September 2013

A Diabetes care and support of people with intellectual disability and acquired brain injury manual has been produced for people living with intellectual disability or acquired brain injury, their families and formal and informal supports.

Beat it program changing bad health habits for Hopevale residents

9 September 2013

Eighteen Hopevale residents graduated from the 12 week Beat it program late last month.

New Australian diabetes, obesity and lifestyle study released

4 September 2013

The Baker IDI Heart and Diabetes Institute has released the results of a 12 year, 11,000 participant study on the health status of Australian adults.

Deadly community kitchen promotes healthy eating and lifestyle choices

27 August 2013

South Western Melbourne Medicare Local's (SWMML) Deadly community kitchen is bringing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community members from Wyndham and Hobsons Bay in Victoria, to cook and socialise.

Strands of NBN improving Indigenous lives

26 August 2013

Debbie Mundy, a diabetic and Aboriginal health worker living in Armidale, northern New South Wales (NSW) was one of 50 people to recently take part in a National Broadband Network (NBN) telehealth trial for chronic diseases.

$2.4 million awarded for Indigenous health centre

22 August 2013

The University of Adelaide has won $2.48 million to establish a new national Centre of Research Excellence, in partnership with the South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute (SAHMRI), the National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation (NACCHO) and the University of Wollongong.

World diabetes day is less than 100 days away

15 August 2013

World Diabetes Day 2013 is less than 100 days away and will be celebrated on November 14.

Applications now open for Bill Raby diabetes fellowship funding

8 August 2013

The Bill Raby diabetes fellowship is calling for applications for the 2013 - 2014 round of funding.

State of preventative health 2013 report released

5 August 2013

The Australian Government has today released the first ever State of preventive health report, a comprehensive overview of the current health challenges facing Australians in relation to chronic disease.

Clinic grows better renal care with bush tucker

5 August 2013

A renal dialysis clinic in Alice Springs is growing an innovative way to make the treatment easier on its Indigenous patients.

Diabetes costs skyrocketing

1 August 2013

The nation's health bill for treating diabetes has virtually doubled and is growing rapidly as the incidence of the disease escalates.

Cathy Freeman flies flag for diabetes

26 July 2013

Cathy Freeman, Olympic gold medallist and former Australian of the Year, has run for the lives of 1.5 million Australians with diabetes in a 5 km fun run marking the end of National Diabetes Week.

Increased Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) risk found in Aboriginal type 2 diabetics

25 July 2013

Australian Aboriginal type 2 diabetics have a dramatically increased risk of Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) compared to caucasian patients who live in the same geographical area according to a new study.

New diabetes prevention strategy welcomed

19 July 2013

Diabetes Queensland Chief Executive Michelle Trute says she's '..excited by a new strategy to prevent the disease among our Indigenous communities.' Ms Trute told 98.9fm that for the last 20 years there has been a serious lack of proper prevention strategies.

Indigenous diabetes wallet-card launched by Diabetes Queensland

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.

Australians show a remarkable complacency towards diabetes according to a new survey

15 July 2013

Nearly 80 per cent of Australians don't think they are at risk of developing diabetes despite evidence that over 2 million have pre-diabetes and are at high risk, and many more are at medium risk of developing type 2 diabetes.

Indigenous eye health put on the Coalition agenda

12 July 2013

The Coalition has been urged to close the gap for vision in Indigenous people at a Vision Summit in Brisbane during NAIDOC Week by CEOs from some of Australia's leading eye health organisations.

National Diabetes Week 2013 launch

11 July 2013

The Face of Diabetes in Australia campaign will be launched at the Yarra Gallery at Federation Square in Melbourne at 10.30 am on Sunday 14 July.

New clinical web resource helping health practitioners to reduce Indigenous chronic disease

26 June 2013

The Minister for Indigenous Health, the Hon Warren Snowden MP, has today launched the Australian Indigenous ClinicallnfoNet - an innovative web resource designed to assist primary health care workers in the prevention and management of chronic disease among Indigenous people.

WA HealthInfoNet post-workshop survey - we need your feedback

24 June 2013

If you have participated in a HealthInfoNet workshop in WA we need your feedback - please take a few minutes to complete this survey: This survey seeks to find out about the use of our website by workshop participants.

Kidney health week and a new reason to test for kidney function

28 May 2013

At the launch of national kidney health week on 27 May 2013, the Minister for Health Tanya Plibersek, and Parliamentary Secretary for Health, Shayne Neumann, an addition to the Practice incentives program (PIP).

New Murri clinic delivers more Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health services

19 March 2013

Indigenous residents in the Brisbane suburb of Acacia Ridge are enjoying better access to community health services with the opening of a revamped health clinic at the Murri School.

Report indicates improvements in health for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders

1 March 2013

Health trends among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are improving in several areas, according to a report released today by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW).

Mobile health clinic reaches out to underserviced Indigenous communities

25 February 2013

A new Indigenous Health Mobile Training Unit has just been launched by the University of Queensland (UQ).

Free HealthInfoNet workshops in Albany, WA - 11-13 March 2013

20 February 2013

The Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet will be in Albany, Western Australia delivering free workshops from the 11th - 13th March 2013.

HealthInfoNet workshops in the South West of WA - Bunbury and Busselton

24 January 2013

The Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet will be in the South West of WA delivering free workshops from the 11th - 15th February 2013.

Surveys released to assess the 'Indigenous chronic disease package' (ICDP)

22 November 2012

The Australian Government is monitoring and assessing the effectiveness of the Indigenous chronic disease package (ICDP) in achieving the Closing the gap targets (under the ICDP national monitoring and evaluation project).

WA Health Awards 2012 winners announced

20 November 2012

The winners of the Western Australian (WA) Health Awards 2012 were announced on 15 November 2012.

Indigenous kidney specialist named NT's Young Tall Poppy

29 October 2012

Australia's first Indigenous kidney specialist has been announced as the Northern Territory's Young TallPoppy as part of the recent 2012 NT Research and Innovation Awards.

World Diabetes Day - 14th November, 2012

22 October 2012

World Diabetes Day (WDD) is celebrated every year on November 14 and the campaign is led by the International Diabetes Federation (IDF) and its member associations and engages millions of people worldwide in diabetes advocacy and awareness.  Diabetes education and prevention is the WDD theme for the period 2009-2013.

Olympic champion, Cathy Freeman to visit the NT to highlight the importance of a healthy, active life in managing diabetes

15 October 2012

Olympic Champion, Cathy Freeman recently travelled to the Northern Territory to talk about the importance of living a healthy, active life when it comes to managing diabetes.

HealthInfoNet Director launches Diabetes WA Indigenous storybook

4 October 2012

The Director of the Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet, Professor Neil Thomson, helped launch a new Diabetes WA health promotion resource for Indigenous children on 4 October 2012.

HealthInfoNet workshops coming to the Gascoyne/Midwest in November

20 September 2012

The Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet workshops are coming to the Gascoyne/Midwest region in November.

New online resource for Australia's Indigenous Healthy Lifestyle Workers

13 September 2012

An online portal to support Australia's Healthy Lifestyle Workers was launched this week by the Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet.

HealthInfoNet workshops in the Pilbara (now including Newman)

4 September 2012

The HealthInfoNet will be in the Pilbara next week delivering free workshops from September 10th to the 17th.

Eye checks improve vision for outback residents of Doomadgee

3 September 2012

Twenty optometrists and support staff from the Sunglass Hut and OPSM's charitable organisation OneSight Foundation, recently visited the Aboriginal town of Doomadgee in northwest Queensland, and transformed it into an urban optometrists' workshop.

Early detection of diabetes is paying health dividends

29 August 2012

Australians with type two diabetes are living longer and mange their blood glucose levels better compared to 20 years ago.

HealthInfoNet workshops in the Pilbara

27 August 2012

There are still places available to participate in upcoming Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet (AIH) workshops in the Pillbara region of Western Australia (WA).

Diabetic chooses healthy life

15 August 2012

It was only two years ago that Rockhampton's Geoff Major was 140 kilograms and facing an early death after being diagnosed as a diabetic.

Treating disease using ancient wisdom

14 August 2012

More than 180 million people around the world suffer from diabetes and the World Health Organisation estimates the number is likely to double by 2030, with India, China and the US predicted to have the largest number of those affected.

Hollows help a new vision for Territory eye health

9 August 2012

Top End patients are now seeing the benefits of sophisticated new equipment aimed at improving eye health with new state of the art eye health equipment at Royal Darwin and Katherine Hospitals.

HealthInfoNet workshops in the Kimberley

31 July 2012

The HealthInfoNet will be in the Kimberley next week delivering free workshops from August 6th to the 17th.

Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) conducting largest survey of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health

19 July 2012

The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) has commenced the largest Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health survey to improve knowledge of the health issues affecting Indigenous Australians.

Jessica Mauboy sings out to end Indigenous diabetes and heart disease epidemic

19 July 2012

Singer Jessica Mauboy is calling for Darwin-based Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander men and women to complete a quick survey as part of the Diabetes and Related Conditions in Urban Indigenous People in the Darwin Region (DRUID) study, a ground-breaking diabetes and heart disease study.

Tailor the health care to close the gap

13 July 2012

The primary health care peak body, Australian Medicare Local Alliance, is encouraging Australia's Indigenous population to sign up for quality chronic disease management in general practice to receive the health care they need.

Goji berry could fight diabetic blindness

12 July 2012

The Tibetan goji berry could help fight blindness caused by long-term diabetes, according to studies conducted by University of Sydney researchers.

Screen Indigenous kids for type 2 diabetes: guidelines

5 July 2012

Indigenous children over the age of ten who have risk factors for type 2 diabetes should be screened, new recommendations say.

New telehealth program to combat diabetes related vision loss and heart disease among Indigenous Australians

2 July 2012

The Fred Hollows Foundation has announced it is entering into a $3 million partnership with the University of Melbourne to carry out an innovative program to reduce diabetes related blindness and combat chronic disease among Indigenous Australians.

Indigenous health professionals vital to close the gap

25 June 2012

The Department of Health is using a culturally appropriate approach in engaging the metropolitan Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community to help close the health disparity gap between Aboriginal and non Aboriginal Australians.

New National guide for preventive health assessments for Indigenous people released

31 May 2012

The National guide to a preventive health assessment for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people (second edition) was released today (31 May 2012) by Minister for Indigenous Health, Warren Snowdon.

Saving sight in people with diabetes

22 May 2012

A new diabetic retinopathy screening service will be offered free to people with diabetes to help detect early changes in their eyes and prevent vision loss later in life.

Improved services for Indigenous health seen in Hunter-New England region

10 May 2012

A forum to discuss Aboriginal chronic disease took place in Muswellbrook, New South Wales on 3 May 2012, involving over 70 health professionals.

Diabetes study seeks participants

6 May 2012

Local researchers are undertaking one of the world's biggest studies into how diet affects diabetes.

Telemedicine project for diabetes related, remote eye care planned for Flinders University

4 May 2012

Flinders University's optometrists will soon be able to diagnose and manage eye diseases in rural and remote communities without leaving Adelaide.

Experts to discuss childhood chronic disease links

2 May 2012

Links between influences in the early years of life and chronic conditions will be explored by experts at a conference in Darwin in September.

HealthInfoNet workshops: helping to 'close the gap' in Indigenous health

20 March 2012

To increase access to its web resource and build the capacity of the frontline health workforce - and to assist the health workforce in 'closing the gap' in Indigenous health - the Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet will deliver a program of free workshops across Western Australia (WA) over 18 months from April 2012.

Gen Y becomes Gen D: Generation diabetes

15 March 2012

A new national diabetes assessment released yesterday reinforces a legacy of pandemic proportions being left for future generations, with one in three of today's Gen Ys joining the ranks of what commentators are calling 'Gen D' (or 'Generation diabetes') during their lifetime.

New diabetes drug will help Indigenous kidney patients

2 March 2012

A new drug for diabetics is expected to improve the treatment of high levels of chronic kidney disease in Indigenous communities.

New diabetes care trial for Victoria

20 February 2012

The Victorian Government has announced it will trial a $2 million new scheme to improve care for people with diabetes.

Healthy Lifestyle Worker toolkit launched

13 December 2011

The Director of the Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet, Professor Neil Thomson, today attended the Canberra launch of a new Healthy Lifestyle Worker toolkit to help tackle chronic disease in Indigenous communities.

New Indigenous exercise and nutrition programs

6 December 2011

The Australian Government has today announced the recipients of the third round of its Healthy communities initiative funding.

Australian Capital Territory gets $1.2 million funding to improve health outcomes

26 October 2011

Australian Capital Territory (ACT) Chief Minister and Minister for Health, Katy Gallagher, announced on 23 October 2011, funding of $1.2 million through the ACT health promotions grant program to promote good health and prevent chronic disease.

Diabetes directory

22 August 2011

Baker IDI Central Australia has just completed a Diabetes directory for Central Australia and the Barkly region.

Governor General launches Kimberley diabetic eye care program

11 August 2011

The Governor General Quentin Bryce has launched the new Kimberley diabetic eye care program that provides eye screening and treatment to diabetes sufferers in remote communities.

Health project tackles Indigenous diabetes

19 July 2011

The Western Desert kidney health project will visit Laverton in Western Australia's Goldfields this week with a mobile clinic to test for as well as work with the community to educate them about what causes diabetes and kidney disease.

Sharing stories to improve Indigenous health care

12 July 2011

A study conducted by the Menzies Centre for Health Policy has found that sharing stories and health information with friends and families gives strength to Indigenous Australians living with chronic illness.

Nutritionists warn gap won't close if Indigenous diet doesn't improve

Australian nutritionists are warning that an emphasis on nutrition, and not just smoking and drinking, is required in Indigenous communities for the gap in life expectancy between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians to close.

Eurobodalla boot camp initiative kickstarting healthy lifestyles

Local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander residents of Eurobodalla, in New South Wales, have been taking part in a boot camp twice a week at Hanging Rock, as part of the George Rose knockout health challenge, a state wide competition offering $20,000 to the team which loses the most weight.

Proposed Medicare reforms for chronically-ill patients

The Turnbull Government has released a number of proposed reforms to the health system in an attempt to curb the rate of unnecessary hospitalisations due to chronic conditions.
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