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Feltman (2010)


Diabetes Australia – Vic


Diabetes Australia – Vic




Resource package



Feltman is a diabetes education tool made in partnership between Diabetes Australia - Victoria (Vic) and the Vic Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation (VACCHO) to teach Aboriginal people about diabetes management and the prevention of type 2 diabetes.

This diabetes educational resource is a felt mat that can be either laid out on a flat surface or hung up. It is in the shape of the human body and shows the systems and organs relating to diabetes. Using the stick-on felt pieces, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Workers can show their patients or community groups how insulin works in the body.

In 2015 the Feltmum kit was developed and provides Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families with culturally appropriate, evidence based information about diabetes in pregnancy in a visual format which is easy to understand.

In 2016 the Feltman Eyes kit was developed and can be used by the Aboriginal health workforce to talk about the prevention and management of diabetes-related eye health conditions in the Aboriginal community.

Feltman comes with an instructional DVD and cards and Feltman Eyes.

Diabetes Australia - Vic abstract

When to use this resource

Feltman and the companion resources Feltmum and Feltman eyes can be used by the Aboriginal health workforce with individuals or groups, in demonstrations or interactive workshops. The particular advantage is the life-sized nature of the resource, enabling people to better visualise the body parts in their own bodies.

Contact details

Colin Mitchell
Aboriginal Liaison Officer
Diabetes Australia - Vic
570 Elizabeth Street
Melbourne Vic 3000
Ph: (03) 8648 1833
Toll free: 1300 KOORIE (1300 566743)



Last updated: 18 January 2018
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