Diabetes in Torres Strait Islanders: challenges and opportunities for remote area nurses

Taylor, Sean Matthew, Usher, Kim, and McDermott, Robyn (2013) Diabetes in Torres Strait Islanders: challenges and opportunities for remote area nurses. Contemporary Nurse, 46 (1). pp. 46-53.

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Abstract

Torres Strait Islanders living in the Torres Strait region have the highest prevalence of Type 2 diabetes in Australia; more than three times the rate of other Australians. Abdominal obesity and insulin resistance are the main causes for these high rates of the disorder. Further, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders diagnosed with diabetes have poorer glycaemic control and much lower rates of insulin use than non-Indigenous Australians diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes alongside extremely high rates of renal failure and other comorbidities. Interventions have been instigated in order to overcome these issues. Previously a simple recall system managed by local health workers achieved significant improvements in diabetes care, reduced diabetes-related hospitalisations by 40% and led to the implementation of a chronic disease register and recall system throughout the Torres Strait region. Nurses, Indigenous health workers and other health professionals play important roles in ensuring these interventions continue.

Item ID: 37228
Item Type: Article (Refereed Research - C1)
Keywords: diabetes, Indigenous, Torres Strait Islanders, nurses
ISSN: 1839-3535
Funders: Centre for Research Excellence for the Prevention of Chronic Conditions in Rural and Remote High Risk Populations, James Cook University, University of South Australia
Date Deposited: 28 Jan 2015 07:31
FoR Codes: 11 MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES > 1117 Public Health and Health Services > 111701 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health @ 50%
11 MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES > 1117 Public Health and Health Services > 111799 Public Health and Health Services not elsewhere classified @ 25%
11 MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES > 1117 Public Health and Health Services > 111717 Primary Health Care @ 25%
SEO Codes: 92 HEALTH > 9201 Clinical Health (Organs, Diseases and Abnormal Conditions) > 920104 Diabetes @ 50%
92 HEALTH > 9203 Indigenous Health > 920302 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health - Health Status and Outcomes @ 25%
92 HEALTH > 9203 Indigenous Health > 920399 Indigenous Health not elsewhere classified @ 25%
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