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Western Australian

DIABETES

Alliance

Celebrating National Diabetes Week – July 12-18, 2015

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Western Australian

DIABETES

Celebrating National Diabetes Week – July 12-18, 2015

Alliance

Alliance forms to collectively tackle diabetes All major diabetes-related organisations in Western Australia have come together to form an alliance to promote the shared cause of diabetes – the state’s fastest growing chronic condition. The Western Australian Diabetes Alliance (WADA), formed earlier this year, comprises six not-for-profit organisations that focus on different types of diabetes and enact various approaches to tackling the increased numbers diagnosed with the condition. Diabetes WA, Diabetes Research Western Australia, Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, Princess Margaret Hospital, Telethon Kids Institute and Telethon Type 1 Diabetes Family Centre have come together under the umbrella of WADA to raise awareness of shared areas of concern. Diabetes WA CEO Andrew Wagstaff said although WADA was not a legal entity and was not looking to fundraise, it intended to collaborate for the betterment of people living with diabetes. “This is the next step in the evolution of diabetes management in this state,” he said. “Collaboration in certain areas is sensible and will only help the person with diabetes.”

Diabetes Research WA Executive Director Sherl Westlund said the diabetes landscape in WA was a complex one and there was a need for a shared approach to certain issues. “I am confident this alliance will only be a positive for people living with the condition in WA,” she said. JDRF Australia (formerly the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation) CEO Mike Wilson believed this union would have a knock-on effect with other stakeholders. “The formation of this alliance signifies how serious the prevalence of diabetes is, in all of its forms, in WA and I look forward to it promoting ‘cause diabetes’,” he said. “Speaking to government about the condition as an alliance only strengthens the message.” Telethon Type 1 Diabetes Family Centre General Manager Rebecca Johnson said she was keen to help educate the community about type 1 diabetes and the impact it had on young people and their families. “We need to collaborate on a shared vision and avoid duplication,” she said. “As a group we have the ability to ensure community awareness is raised about all

forms of diabetes and, in doing so, better advocate for the specific needs of our clients and patients.” For decades Princess Margaret Hospital and the Telethon Kids Institute have been actively involved in the management of young people diagnosed with diabetes and will be intimately involved in the alliance.

How is diabetes managed? Depending on the type of diabetes, management includes: • Insulin replacement: type 1 diabetes • Progression to medication – tablets and/or insulin: type 2 diabetes

As a group we have the ability to ensure community awareness is raised about all forms of diabetes and, in doing so, better advocate for the specific needs of our clients and patients.

• Regular physical activity • Healthy eating: maintain a diet low in fat (particularly saturated fat), high fibre, including some low GI and low salt • Reducing fat around your abdomen • Regular health checks with your diabetes team • Managing stress • Monitoring your blood glucose levels • Education: learning how to manage your diabetes and keeping your knowledge and skills up-to-date.

Celebrating National Diabetes Week – July 12-18, 2015

Western Australian

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There are around 107,000 people with type 2 diabetes in Western Australia.

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