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Australian Indigenous HealthBulletin
 

Gary goanna goes healthy

 

Overview

This program produced a storybook titled Gary goanna goes healthy, which is a culturally relevant resource aimed at increasing awareness of diabetes prevention messages amongst Aboriginal children and their families.

The storybook 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.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

Contacts

Ebony Nardi
Health Promotion Officer, Aboriginal Health
Diabetes WA
Level 3, 322 Hay Street
Subiaco WA 6008
Ph: (08) 9436 6246
Email: Aboriginalhealth@diabeteswa.com.au

Related publications

Gary goanna goes healthy (2012)

Diabetes WA

This resource is a storybook aimed at educating children and their families about the importance of reducing the risk of developing type 2 diabetes. Accompanying colouring-in books and stickers have also been developed.

The storybook encourages children to adopt three simple behaviours to prevent type 2 diabetes:

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

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Last updated: 23 October 2012
 
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