It’s time to beat diabetes: don’t miss this free forum

Early detection and treatment are key to helping people live well with diabetes.

Residents in western Sydney are being encouraged to attend a diabetes forum next month to learn about type 2 diabetes, sign up to programs and share experiences, stories and ideas with experts.

The forum will take place on November 14 as part of World Diabetes Day and will be hosted by Western Sydney Diabetes (WSD).

WSD is an initiative of the Western Sydney Local Health District (WSLHD) and is aimed at people at risk of type 2 diabetes or those already living with the disease.  

WSLHD senior endocrinologist and WSD director, Professor Glen Maberly, said health professionals have to listen to the community to understand what support is needed to beat diabetes.       

“Diabetes is a complex problem and there is no easy solution to solve it,” Professor Maberly said.

“Early detection and early treatment are key to helping people live well with diabetes, but we know there are many other life pressures that affect a person’s ability to take control of their health.

“This event is a great way for residents to find out about diabetes and to get involved in lifestyle programs in their area.

“We are keen to listen to residents to find out how we can better work together to beat diabetes and I encourage residents to come along to the event.”

Type 2 diabetes can be silent, as people can often be living with the disease for up to seven years without knowing it.

You may be at risk of type 2 diabetes if you are an adult who:

  • Has a family history of diabetes;
  • Has an inactive lifestyle;
  • Is overweight;
  • Is from an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander background; or
  • Has a Pacific Island, Indian subcontinent or Chinese cultural background. 

Western Sydney was the first LHD in NSW to carry out pro-active testing for diabetes across emergency departments in Blacktown and Mount Druitt and more recently at 11 local general practices, supported by the Western Sydney Primary Health Network.

The Western Sydney Local Health District invests approximately $2 million annually on tackling obesity, including $1.5 million for diabetes prevention and management programs.

In 2018/19 NSW Health will invest $38 million to tackle obesity, $25 million of which has been allocated specifically to fight childhood obesity.

Event details

Date: Wednesday 14 November, 2018

Time: 5.30pm-8pm

Location: Rooty Hill RSL Club, Corner of Sherbrooke Street and North Parade, Rooty Hill.

RSVP: via email to Theresa.Kang@health.nsw.gov.au or via phone on(02) 8670 0082.

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