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Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health workforce

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health workforce

NDSS programs aim to update or refresh diabetes knowledge for the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health workforce, health workers, practitioners and other professionals.

The Diabetes yarning—all about diabetes booklet is a comprehensive handbook to help support Aboriginal and Torres Straight Islander peoples living with diabetes.

Topics covered in the booklet include:

  • a healthy balance of food, culture and physical activity to sustain life
  • how the impact of colonisation changed this healthy balance for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, impacting health outcomes
  • how the body breaks down food to use for energy
  • what happens with diabetes and how it affects the body
  • how to reduce the risk of diabetes-related complications
  • the benefits of registering with the NDSS and where to find more information.
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Download Diabetes yarning: all about diabetes

These online learning modules are designed for the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health workforce and other health professionals working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples living with diabetes. The modules are endorsed by National Association of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Workers and Practitioners (NAATSIHWP) for CPD hours.

Find out more about the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health—diabetes e-Learning modules.

Access the learning module Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health—diabetes e-Learning.

Talking about diabetes

A series of short videos designed to support the delivery of basic diabetes education by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health workforce, to community living with or at risk of diabetes.

Access Talking about diabetes.

The Foot Forward program offers a training package to be delivered by local healthcare professionals to support the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health workforce to develop the skills required to undertake appropriate diabetes foot care in their communities.

The training package is available to training organisations, health services or individual healthcare professionals involved in upskilling and supporting the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health workforce.

Register for the Foot Forward e-learning modules.

Diabetes Victoria with the Victorian Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation have developed Feltman and Feltmum resources for health professionals that provide Aboriginal families with culturally appropriate, evidence-based information about diabetes.

Find out more about Feltman and Feltmum on the Diabetes Victoria website.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health workforce

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities

NDSS has a range of promotional posters and brochures for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.

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Diabetes Australia acknowledges Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples as the Traditional Owners and Custodians of this Country. We recognise their connection to land, waters, winds and culture. We pay the upmost respect to them, their cultures and to their Elders, past and present. We are committed to improving health outcomes for all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people affected by diabetes and those at risk.

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