HEALTH WORKER: Auntie Kay Mundraby from the Kambu Diabetes Support Group at the launch of the Diabetes Queensland wallet card. The card is designed to give Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people information on managing their illness.
HEALTH WORKER: Auntie Kay Mundraby from the Kambu Diabetes Support Group at the launch of the Diabetes Queensland wallet card. The card is designed to give Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people information on managing their illness. Claudia Baxter

Diabetes card a farewell health gesture from Kay

AS A SEASONED Aboriginal health worker, Aunty Kay Mundraby has been passionate about ensuring people get the support they need.

She has been the founder and an active member of Kambu Medical Centre's Diabetes Support Group for 25 years.

The Ipswich-based group has long been a place for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders, who live with diabetes, to learn how to better cope with the metabolic disease.

As well as the group, which meets once a month, Aunty Kay has helped establish diabetes camps and a diabetes specialist team called Sugar Shakers.

The 64-year-old said diabetes was a critical illness.

She said Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people needed to take good care of themselves.

According to research, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are three to four more times likely to have diabetes or pre-diabetes.

Indigenous Australians living with type 2 diabetes also have a 17 times higher risk of dying from the condition than non-indigenous Australians.

"We are trying to encourage self-help and self-care among our people to help them take control of their diabetes," Aunty Kay said.

But after years of service, she said it was now time for her to retire. At her final support meeting last week, she helped launch a new wallet card, designed to help the indigenous community manage diabetes.

The card was developed by Diabetes Queensland with the assistance of Aunty Kay and Kambu. The pocket-sized card is a handy resource for people with the condition to refer to for better diabetes management.

Its design helps people seek the right medical care at the most appropriate time when experiencing health concerns with their diabetes care.

For details phone Diabetes Queensland on 1300 136 588 or Kambu on 3812 3843.



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