Tag: diabetes

‘Sweet Kills’ – inducing fear or temptation?

The theme for this year’s World Health Day is ‘Beat Diabetes’. According to the World Health Organisation, diabetes is expected to be the seventh leading cause of death by 2030 unless lifestyles change significantly in the meantime.

Diabetes care – the question of cultural influence

I recently completed a 12-week work placement at Fenton Communications as part of a Master of Public Health degree. During my placement I worked on a project looking at diabetes in culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) communities. The project surveyed health professionals to see if they would value communication resources that could enhance their understanding of cultural influences on diabetes care and management.

Translating the ‘lifestyle disease’

It’s Australia’s fastest growing chronic illness with more than one million people already diagnosed. Experts anticipate three million cases by 2025. Hearing these statistics, we tend to imagine the looming national spectre of cancer or heart disease – and with good reason: according to a recent World Health Organisation report cancer may have overtaken heart disease as Australia’s biggest killer.