More to do on di­a­betes

Pilbara News - - News - Ali­cia Perera

A tele­health ser­vice for peo­ple liv­ing with di­a­betes in re­gional WA has cel­e­brated two years of op­er­a­tion but says there is more to be done.

The free Di­a­betes Tele­health Ser­vice for Coun­try WA, de­liv­ered by Di­a­betes WA and funded by the WA Coun­try Health Ser­vice and Roy­al­ties for Re­gions, fills a gap for spe­cialised di­a­betes in­for­ma­tion and sup­port ser­vices in re­gional and re­mote WA, where more than 28 per cent of West Aus­tralians liv­ing with di­a­betes re­side.

A Di­a­betes WA spokes­woman said lim­ited ac­cess to health and sup­port ser­vices was a prob­lem for all re­gional WA res­i­dents liv­ing with di­a­betes, but those of Abo­rig­i­nal and Tor­res Strait Is­lan­der de­scent were three to five times more at risk of de­vel­op­ing the type 2 strain be­cause of ge­netic fac­tors.

For more in­for­ma­tion about the Di­a­betes Tele­health Ser­vice for Coun­try WA or to book an ap­point­ment, go to di­a­beteswa.com.au or call 1300 136 588.

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