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Getting Back on Track with diabetes

The National Diabetes Services Scheme (NDSS) has launched the Back on Track campaign to encourage Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people with type 2 diabetes to reengage with their diabetes healthcare teams and their diabetes management in 2021.

The campaign is funded through the NDSS, an Australian Government initiative administered by Diabetes Australia.

Research found more than a third of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people said COVID-19 has had a negative personal impact that has affected their connection to culture and their mental and physical health.

This has been magnified by the significant disruption many people experienced to the way they usually visit their GPs, nurses, Aboriginal medical centres and other places that they access healthcare – so some people living with type 2 diabetes might not have been managing the condition as well as they normally would.

Back on Track will encourage and support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people as they start to reengage with their diabetes health teams. The campaign’s key messages urge Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to:

  • Check in with their diabetes health team
  • Check blood sugar and take medications
  • Check they are eating healthy food and being active every day
  • And check they are looking after each other and taking time to look after themselves.

View the Back on Track TV ad on Youtube

More information about Back on Track is available on the NDSS website.