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Australian Indigenous HealthBulletin

Fremantle diabetes study



The Fremantle diabetes study was a longitudinal study of people with diabetes who resided in the Fremantle Hospital catchment area. The catchment area was defined by urban postcodes in the Fremantle region of Western Australia.

A natural study of diabetes was seen as necessary for the provision of data relating to:

The data would also provide the foundation for health education, diabetes-specific management guidelines and pathways, clinical audits and future health care planning for diabetes services.

The study involved two phases. Phase one aimed to identify and collect detailed data from people diagnosed with diabetes in the defined population group. Phase two was initiated due to the increase in the prevalence of type 1 and type 2 diabetes, little improvement in the control of glycaemic levels and the need to confirm in a community based study the improvements found in the management of cardiovascular complications in patients.

Please refer to the study protocol in the links section of this entry for a detailed outline of phase one and two of the study.

Abstract adapted from University of Western Australia


The University of Western Australia
School of Medicine and Pharmacology
Level 7, T Block
Fremantle Hospital
PO Box 480
Fremantle WA 6959
Ph: (08) 9431 2741
Fax: (08) 9431 2977

Related publications

Bailie R, Paradies Y (2005)

Adapt or die: epidemiology and Indigenous health research.

Australian Epidemiologist; 12(1): 24-30

Davis TM, McAullay D, Davis WA, Bruce DG (2007)

Characteristics and outcome of type 2 diabetes in urban Aboriginal people: the Fremantle Diabetes Study.

Internal Medicine Journal; 37(1): 59-63

Davis TM, Hunt K, McAullay D, Chubb SA, Sillars BA, Bruce DG, Davis WA (2012)

Continuing disparities in cardiovascular risk factors and complications between Aboriginal and Anglo-Celt Australians with Type 2 Diabetes: The Fremantle Diabetes Study.

Diabetes Care; 35(10): 2005-2011


Last updated: 24 September 2015
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