Thanks to funding from WA Country Health Service and the Perpetual Foundation, Silver Chain has been able to pilot an innovative diabetes education service for clients of the Wirraka Maya Health Service Aboriginal Corporation in South Hedland, Western Australia.
The pilot relies on telehealth and aims to offer and investigate a sustainable model of diabetes education that compliments the services already available in the Pilbara region.
Since commencing in September 2014, clients have been able to attend the Wirraka Maya health service with an Aboriginal Health Worker who videoconferences into a Silver Chain Diabetic Educator.
Clients can access the diabetes education service in a culturally safe environment, whilst being well supported by a knowledgeable local Aboriginal Health Worker.
Silver Chain General Manager Country Services, Carole Bain, said this project is an exciting opportunity for the organisation as it will enable us to continue to embrace new and innovative ways of using technology and increase our reach to new communities.
“Currently over 3.6 million Australians have diabetes or pre-diabetes, with Aboriginal Australians three to four times more at risk of developing diabetes and 15 times more likely to die from diabetes related complications than non-Aboriginal Australians,” Carole said.
“Due to these alarming figures it has become a national priority to address this issue and it is our hope that the pilot in South Hedland will contribute towards reducing the impact of diabetes in the Pilbara region.
“One of the outcomes we hope to achieve through the pilot is increasing access to diabetes education for clients, carers and families by introducing a new form of service delivery via video technology.”