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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 in Western Australia, 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.

Abstract adapted from the South Metropolitan Health Service


South Metropolitan Health Service
Administration Building, Fiona Stanley Hospital
14 Barry Parade
Murdoch WA 6150
Locked Bag 100
Palmyra DC WA 6961
Ph: (08) 6152 2222

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 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander 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.

Abstract adapted from South Metropolitan Area Health Service


Last updated: 1 February 2017
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