Aboriginal Health Forum brings experts from around the country - Diabetes WA
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The Diabetes WA Aboriginal Health Forum in Perth on 27 June will feature guest speakers with a broad range of experience with diabetes health and well being for Aboriginal people.

Sophie McGough, Health Service Operations Manager for Diabetes WA, said the forum will showcase some of the great work that is being done to improve diabetes health among Aboriginal people around the country.

“The Diabetes WA Aboriginal health Forum gives indigenous speakers the opportunity to share their experiences on the ground, with practical advice about what works and how they have overcome challenges. It’s a great opportunity for inter-agency collaboration”, Sophie said.

Diabetes WA’s Aboriginal Health Coordinator, Natalie Jetta, said the program is not a series of academic presentations, but a sharing of stories about success and overcoming challenge.

“It’s a free event for health professionals to inspire and challenge each other in the Aboriginal health space,” Natalie said.

Where: Technology Park Function Centre, 2 Brodie Hall Drive, Bentley WA 6102
This venue is wheelchair accessible and free parking is available.
Date: Wednesday 27 June 2018
Time: 9:00am – 4:00pm
Registrations, tea & coffee from 8.30am
Cost: Free

Highlights of the program include:
• The 1 Deadly Step program promotes screening, early detection and follow up of chronic disease in Aboriginal communities in NSW. The unique component of 1 Deadly Step is the involvement of sport and its ability to engage Aboriginal people that would not normally be screened for chronic disease.

• Doctor Odette Pearson is a Senior Research Fellow with both the Wardliparingga Aboriginal Research Unit (part of SA Health & Medical Institute) and the University of South Australia. With post-doctoral training in Aboriginal health policy, Odette will outline the development and progress of the SA Aboriginal Diabetes Strategy for 2017-2021.

• The Moorditj Djena – “Strong Feet” program is a holistic culturally secure, mobile outreach service for the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community in the Perth metropolitan area. David Wallace-Burns and his team will explain how the program focuses on identification, prevention and management of high risk foot conditions, on diabetes and nutrition education, and on enabling clients to self-manage their diabetes-related conditions.

• Erich Barkmeyer and Patricia Elarde manage an active and positive Facebook peer support group for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Queenslanders living with type 2 diabetes. They will share their experience with using Facebook as a support group platform, and the secrets of maintaining a healthy conversation in online groups.

Attendance by video conference is available on request.

Download the Diabetes WA Aboriginal Health Forum Flyer.

Register your attendance here or call 1300 001 880.

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