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This program produced a storybook titled Gary goanna goes healthy and a colouring book which are culturally relevant resources aimed at increasing awareness of diabetes prevention messages amongst Aboriginal children and their families.
The books encourages children to adopt three simple behaviours to prevent type 2 diabetes:
The program, funded by the Australian Health Promotion Association, Healthway and the Office for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health (Department of Health and Ageing), was developed by Diabetes WA in collaboration with communities and health professionals including Bandyup Women's Prison who were able to create traditional paintings to form the backgrounds of the book. Children from the community of Nullagine in the Pillbara region of WA also provided creative input into the story.
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