Innovative Early Intervention Toolkit Aimed At Reducing Ethnic Diabetes Rates

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Media Alert

Wednesday 13th October, 2010

Innovative Early intervention and Prevention toolkit aimed at reducing alarming

prevalence of Diabetes in ethnic communities 

Multicultural Centre for Women’s Health today launched a new program that will act as a toolkit for other

health and welfare service providers to target migrant and refugee women in their own fields.

Diabetes is at epidemic proportions in Australia, and the highest rates are shown in particular ethnic groups

such as those born in South East Europe, Africa and the Middle East, where hospitalisation rates are 10%

higher than among Australian born.

Executive Director of MCWH, Dr Adele Murdolo said that they would also be launching two reports that

confirm that early intervention and prevention are the best way to mitigate the problem of diabetes in our


“The use of innovative techniques such as storytelling to increase early awareness and encourage healthy

lifestyle equips these communities with the skills to identify and avoid serious illness.

“Hopefully this template will gain greater traction, as it can be used by health and welfare service providers

around Australia to target ethnic communities, who sadly, because of language difficulties may miss out on

vital health information that others take for granted” said Dr Murdolo.

“The Diabetes Healthy Living Project has just gained additional funding from the Ian Potter Foundation,

which means we can extend the reach of this vital education tool and ensure that migrant and refugee

women are not missing out on the education they need to maintain their health and wellbeing, and the

health of their families.

“With such a high prevalence of diabetes diagnosis in ethnic communities, it is crucial that we get early

intervention and prevention messages out there effectively and as broadly as possible to combat the

diabetes epidemic we are seeing in this country. 

“The narrative storytelling approach is an innovative and effective way of communicating these messages in

specific cultural contexts, it encourages creative engagement and a deeper level of understanding around

why and how a healthy lifestyle can help prevent diabetes,” said Dr Murdolo.

Media Opportunity

What: New Diabetes Healthy Living Program template to be used by other health and welfare service


Launch of The Diabetes Healthy Living Project report

Launch of Bilingual Health Educators Diabetes Project report

Who: Speakers include Executive Director of MCWH Dr Adele Murdolo; CEO of Ian Potter Foundation Janet

Hirst; and Maggie Millar from Prisoner will perform based on her experiences of Type 2 diabetes.

Where: Melbourne Town Hall Supper Room, cnr Swanston & Collins sts, Melbourne.

When: 10am, Wednesday 13th October 2010

For more information or to arrange an interview, contact:

MCWH spokesperson Dr Adele Murdolo: 0438 823 299 or Anaya Latter, Media: 0432 121 636

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