The final piece of our health development project with diabetics in the Hunter district is all about community. We organize get-togethers at the clinic and other health points around the district and facilitate support groups. Diabetics who have had success adapting their diet to make diabetes more manageable share tips and tricks with those who have been recently diagnosed. 

Patients are empowered to help other patients

While we, the health professionals, do our share of talking and educating, we’ve found that the most helpful voices are those of diabetics themselves. We seek to amplify the voices that are better positioned culturally than we are to communicate effectively with other diabetics.