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


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.


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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