Cultural Diversity Program
We are the peak consumer body and leading charity representing all people affected by diabetes and those at risk. We aim to address the needs of the whole community including culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) groups.
It is recognised that people born in the regions of the South Pacific Islands, Southern and Eastern Europe, Asia, North Africa and the Middle East have a high prevalence of diabetes. People from these backgrounds also have higher rates of diabetes related hospitalisations and mortality rates than Australian born people. The increased risk of type 2 diabetes in people from these regions is associated with genetic, environmental and lifestyle factors, including modern lifestyle, physical inactivity, poor nutrition, and overweight and obesity (Diabetes Facts, 2008).
We deliver diabetes awareness and prevention sessions within multicultural communities in Melbourne. The peer led program employs bilingual health educators who are trained to deliver diabetes prevention sessions in their first language.
The nine language groups available are:
- Chinese (Cantonese and Mandarin)
Our bilingual educators are trained to deliver diabetes prevention and awareness messages. Information includes promotion of physical activity, healthy weight and healthy eating in order to lower the risk of developing type 2 diabetes.
Session length: 75 minutes
Minimum numbers required: 10
Appropriate for groups of men and women
The session focuses on increasing awareness of diabetes and reducing the risk of type 2 diabetes. The following topics are covered:
- What is diabetes?
- How diabetes affects your body
- Symptoms of diabetes
- Risk factors for type 2 diabetes
- How to reduce your risk of developing type 2 diabetes
Our new Multilingual Infoline, 1300 801 164 connects callers with the help of an interpreter (in over 170 different languages) to services and information on diabetes prevention, support and management.
This service is free and easy to use. You can speak with a Diabetes Educator and/or Dietitian with the help of an interpreter.
The National Diabetes Services Scheme (NDSS) website has a translated diabetes resources available in Arabic, Chinese (both Traditional and Simplified script), Greek, Italian, Korean, Spanish, Turkish, Urdu and Vietnamese. Click here to view translated NDSS resources.