Better Living Diabetics
This project focuses on Aboriginal people who suffer from diabetes, with particular emphasis on non-insulin dependent people. It covers all age groups. The project team works with fifty diabetics and their families within the Goondir service region, covering centres such as Dalby, Miles, St George and Toowoomba.
The project builds on the chronic disease self-management work undertaken by Kate Lorig at Stanford University in the USA, which works on the principle that people can learn to manage their own chronic condition and that people who practice self care will experience better health. This is particularly so with non-insulin dependent diabetics. Part of the Goondir project is to encourage and facilitate a change in lifestyle so that the incidence of diabetes in the Aboriginal community is reduced.
Goondir Health Service is working in partnership with the Centre for Rural and Remote Area Health.
Project Team: Goondir Health Service, D Gorman, O Best