During National Diabetes Week (13-19 July) people throughout Australia and encouraged to stop and think about diabetes - Australia's fastest-growing chronic disease.
More than one million Australians have already been diagnosed with diabetes, with another Australian diagnosed every five minutes.
Many of us are familiar with the physical complications associated with diabetes, such as heart disease, blindness and kidney disease - yet many Australians remain unaware of the psychological impacts of diabetes. These can include stress, disordered eating and depression.
During National Diabetes Week, Diabetes NSW is launching a year-long 'Diabetes and a Healthy Mind' campaign. The campaign takes people with diabetes, as well as their family, friends and carers, on a journey; from the emotional rollercoaster of initial diagnosis, to the impact of the pressures and negative reactions of others, and how this pressure can lead to emotional complications of diabetes, such as depression.
ACU supports increasing awareness of treatment and/or prevention of diabetes and its complications by providing staff with access to RealTime Health online video website. If you or someone close to you has been diagnosed with an illness like diabetes, RealTime Health enables you to watch videos of people who share their real life experience with the illness, and provides a source of practical advice, hope and support.