Workshop on diabetes risks
A pilot program running in Roebourne this month will help Aboriginal people make better food and nutrition choices.
The nutrition pilot is being funded by Rural Health West and run locally by Diabetes WA.
This month, a Yarn Up group education workshop will be held in Roebourne with Aboriginal people at risk of developing chronic diseases such as type two diabetes, heart disease and obesity.
Rural Health West regional services general manager Vivienne Duggin said the workshops would explore the impact of nutrition on diabetes.
“The Diabetes WA nutritionist and public health practitioner will be using the interactive Feltman tool to show the group what happens in the body of someone with type two diabetes,” she said.
“The Feltman tool . . . helps people visualise how diabetes affects various parts of the body if left untreated.”
Diabetes WA management unit manager Sophie McGough said the organisation was looking forward to the Yarn Up workshops.
The Better Eating, Better Health pilot is funded through the Australian Government Department of Health’s Medical Outreach Indigenous Chronic Disease Program.
This is the first time nutrition services have been delivered through the program,.
Rural Health West has delivered nearly 10,000 occasions of service to people living in the Pilbara during the 2016-2017 financial year.