A Century of Change

prevent diabetes-DenieveIn 1923 the first Aboriginal was diagnosed with Diabetes. The Doctor said this was such a rare case, he may never see it again in his lifetime.

In less than a century, 1 in 3 Aboriginal people are diagnosed with Diabetes. There are many more who go undiagnosed.

If you were at risk of developing Type II Diabetes, what would you do?

For most of us it’s easy to get help. Information and advice is readily available. We wouldn’t have to go far to get the support we need, GPs, health clinics, health insurance companies, pharmacies and online sources provide all manner of information.

Picture a remote community, in Australia, with limited health services, where dialysis and a short life is an expected outcome. Where online services are available – if you have a computer… or credit on your mobile phone. Where information is available on ‘what is’ Diabetes, but little practical help in “how to” manage and control it… where health literacy is at a low level.

Because People matter – that “how to” support is now available to everyone on Palm Island. SOS Health Services staff and volunteers can walk through the process with individuals and families until they are confident and comfortable in understanding what they need to do until they are doing it.

A community can change their health outcomes, and we are here to help – one life at a time. Deniece’s story.

You can help too. Sign up to support SOS Health Foundation through Workplace Giving today.

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