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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 rsquo;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.

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 rsquo;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.

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.

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.

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.

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 rsquo;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 premi egrave;red 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.
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