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Cooking Classes for Diabetes Program



The Cooking Classes for Diabetes Program was a collaborative program between the Aboriginal Medical Service Western Sydney (AMSWS) and the Western Sydney Institute of TAFE (Mt Druitt Campus). A culturally appropriate program was developed, run at the AMS where clients felt comfortable, and supported by Aboriginal Health Workers at the AMS.

The program consisted of 18 weekly sessions where clients were given the opportunity to prepare and cook healthy foods. There were also discussions on a range of topics including:

Participants learnt about the relationship between foods and their health, and how to monitor their diabetes.

AMSWA was closed in 2015 and and interim health service was established.This interim service is provided by WentWest the Western Sydney Primary Health Network, supported by NSW Health and the Commonwealth Government.

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Western Sydney Primary Health Network,
2 Palmerston Road
PO Box 3160
Mt Druitt Village NSW 2770
Ph: (02) 9832 1356
Fax: (02) 9625 4152

Related publications

Aboriginal Health and Medical Research Council of NSW (2009)

10 out of 10 deadly health stories: nutrition and physical activity.

Surry Hills, NSW: Aboriginal Health and Medical Research Council of NSW

The 10 out of 10 deadly health stories - nutrition and physical activity booklet presents 10 successful nutrition and physical activity programs from New South Wales (NSW) Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Services (ACCHSs). Programs ranged from cooking classes (Cooking Classes for Diabetes Program) and teaching of life skills (Healthy Lifestyle and Weight Management Program), to community based activities (Fruit and Vegetable Program and Market Garden and Building Healthy Communities Project). Despite the diversity in health topics they all shared several features, namely all were developed and tailored to meet needs identified by the Aboriginal communities in which the ACCHSs are located, and all have taken a 'holistic' approach.

The booklet was developed, produced and distributed by the Aboriginal Health and Medical Research Council (AHMRC) of NSW and funding was provided by the Australian Department of Health and Ageing.

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Evaluated publications

Abbott P, Davison J, Moore L, Rubinstein R (2010)

Barriers and enhancers to dietary behaviour change for Aboriginal people attending a diabetes cooking course.

Health Promotion Journal of Australia; 21(1): 33-38

Moore L, Webb R, Abbott P, Zonka B (2006)

Cooking classes for diabetes: a partnership between Daruk Aboriginal Medical Service and the Western Sydney Institute of TAFE.

Aboriginal and Islander Health Worker Journal; 30(6): 11-13


Last updated: 2 November 2017
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