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The journey of living with diabetes



The journey of living with diabetes is a program for Aboriginal people at risk of and with diabetes, delivered by Aboriginal health professionals. It is the result of a three-year collaboration between South Metropolitan Public Health Unit, WA, non-government organisations and Aboriginal people.

The key focus of the program is improved health outcomes for people with diabetes. The program is run in groups and led by a trained Aboriginal Health Worker. Discussions and sharing stories are used to help participants learn about diabetes and how to look after their own health. The program is run over 6-10 sessions.

Resources developed for the program include the diabetes action plan book entitled My journey of Living with diabetes.


South Metropolitan Public Health Unit
Level 2, 7 Pakenham Street
Fremantle WA 6160
Ph: (08) 9431 0200
Fax: (08) 9431 0227

Related publications

My journey of living with diabetes: a health education program for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples (2007)

South Metropolitan Public Health Unit

This workbook has been designed to be used by Indigenous people attending The journey of living with diabetes, a health education program developed by the South Metropolitan Area Health Service, WA, for Noongar people with type 2 diabetes.

The action plan workbook is divided into six sections which are likened to the Noongar six seasons:

Each section contains background information on the topic, and an action plan where the participant can enter their own goals and some ideas for activities that will help them achieve the goals.

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Last updated: 8 February 2012
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