Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Program

It is estimated that Aboriginal Australians are 3-4 times more likely to develop type 2 diabetes than the general population. Type 2 diabetes represents a serious health problem for Indigenous people, who tend to develop it at an earlier age compared with other Australians, and can have an excess of avoidable complications.

DAVic’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Program aims to:

  • Consult and collaborate with Aboriginal communities and peak organisations
  • Develop culturally appropriate and specific Koorie diabetes resources
  • Support Aboriginal health workers in the prevention of type 2 diabetes and management of diabetes
  • Support Aboriginal health worker training in diabetes
  • Work to improve health outcomes for Aboriginal Australians


Feltman is a diabetes education tool that was made in partnership between Diabetes Australia - Vic and the Victorian Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation (VACCHO). Feltman is used to demonstrate diabetes management and prevention using a life sized felt model.

Pictorial Guides

The Koorie Pictorial Guides have been designed in collaboration with VACCHO to increase understanding of diabetes related health messages within the Aboriginal community. These messages are explored visually through culturally appropriate images.

To order pictorial guides please contact Colin Mitchell on 03 8648 1833 or cmitchell@diabetesvic.org.au

Koorie Diabetes Infoline – 1300 KOORIE (1300 566743)

The Koorie Diabetes Infoline is free for all Victorians. Call 1300 KOORIE (1300 566743).

Aboriginal Diabetes Risk Assessment Tool

The Diabetes Risk Assessment Tool identifies people at high risk of developing type 2 diabetes. Those with a score of 12 or higher on the diabetes risk test and are aged 18 years or over are eligible to join the Road to Good Health course.

You can find the risk assessment tool here

Road to Good Health Course

The Road to Good Health course is a type 2 diabetes prevention program for Aboriginal people and their families, run by Aboriginal health workers and services.

The Road to Good Health is a group-based program consisting of six workshops (60 minutes) and can be run weekly or fortnightly by Aboriginal health workers. It helps people make long term lifestyle changes, such as improving their diet and becoming more physically active.

To find out more click here

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