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Feltman celebrates 10 years of diabetes education

On 14 November 2019, an event was held at the Victorian Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation (VACCHO) to celebrate World Diabetes Day and the 12 year partnership between VACCHO and Diabetes Victoria. It was also an opportunity to celebrate the 10th anniversary of our shared resource, Feltman®.

Feltman® is a diabetes teaching tool made by the Victorian Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation (VACCHO) and Diabetes Victoria. Feltman is designed to help health professionals explain diabetes in a way that is easy to understand. Feltman can be used with individuals and community groups, as a one-way demonstration or as a two-way interactive workshop.

Feltman features a life-sized printed fabric human body mat with anatomically correct organs. 

Diabetes Victoria and VACCHO commenced working together in 2007, and Feltman was developed in 2009. In 2011, the two organisations signed a Memorandum of Understanding, which was reviewed and re-signed in 2013. Collaborative work has continued over the years with key pieces of work including:
  • Ongoing development and enhancement of the Feltman suite of resources, including the Feltmum and Feltman Eyes add-on resources;
  • Delivery of the Road to Good Health program;
  • The development of the Koorie Pictorial Self-Management Guides; and
  • The development of the Diabetes in Pregnancy Pictorial Self-Management Guide.

Mikaela Egan (Aboriginal Nutrition Promotion Officer, VACCHO) and Colin Mitchell (Aboriginal Liaison Officer, Diabetes Victoria) spoke about the value of our partnership and the positive impact that our resources have had on Victorian Aboriginal communities. The event concluded with lunch and a birthday cake to celebrate Feltman’s 10th birthday.

You can learn more about our resources for Aborginal and Indigenous communities here