This year, National Diabetes Week is focusing on challenging diabetes related stigma. Research conducted by the Australian Centre for Behavioural Research in Diabetes (ACBRD), found that four out of five people living with diabetes have experienced stigma at some point. Stigma affects all aspects of life for people with diabetes, including their mental health and wellbeing.
Please see below education and resources that you can access to raise awareness and learn more about supporting people living with diabetes.
Diabetes Australia Heads up Diabetes website Information and resources on the Diabetes Week campaign.
Supportive Language Module A free 10 minute learning module for health professionals, carers or loved ones who support people living with diabetes. This module explains supportive language to use, tips on how to communicate effectively, and how to support someone experiencing diabetes related stigma.
Diabetes Distress Podcast Linda Farrugia from Diabetes Qualified talks to Dr Vered Gordon, a GP and the General Practice education program developer for the Black Dog Institute. They discuss the importance of emotional wellbeing for people living with diabetes and how to recognise diabetes distress or burnout, and the support and guidance you can offer.
Online courses for health professionals to help you support people with diabetes.
If you or someone you know needs help, talk to your doctor or other health professional and below are other useful numbers.