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Title:
Closing the Gap on Diabetes – A Social Determinants of Health Perspective
Authors:
Jack Susan
Journal:
Aboriginal and Islander Health Worker Journal (2012), 36, 27-30.

Background

Diabetes is a significant problem in indigenous communities, where the prevalence of type 2 diabetes is one of the highest in the world, and is currently up to four times that of non-Indigenous Australians. 

Methods and Results

The Social Determinants of Health model was used to review the literature to understand the gap in prevalence and the complication of Type 2 diabetes between Indigenous and non-Indigenous people.

Conclusion

Reducing the prevalence of diabetes in Indigenous communities will involve greater social inclusion and empowerment of Indigenous Australians rather than focusing exclusively on individual risk factors and short-term interventions. A long-term approach is needed that recognises the abilities and contributions of Indigenous Australians to Indigenous health policy.

 

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