Diabetes occurs when blood glucose (sugar) levels are raised due to problems producing or processing insulin. Diabetes may be genetic, pregnancy related, caused by obesity or illness, and may be type 1 or type 2.
1. Download Physical Activity for Type 2 [PDF 399KB] A mixture of text and words.Outlines purpose of physical activities, examples and how much is needed.Includes a plan for physical activity.
2. Managing Diabetes Physical ActivityNot available online.Please contact Roche on 02 9454 9000Has columns of text.Covers physical activity and effects, exercise program, what to do before and after exercise.
3. Exercise and Diabetes: a pictorial guideEasy to read.Not available online.For colour copies, order from Diabetes Australia Victoria.Translated resources available in Arabic, Mandarin, Cantonese, Greek, Italian, Turkish, Vietnamese, Macedonian and Spanish.
4. Go to Diabetes Victoria newsletter Healthy Eating: a pictorial guideEasy to read.Translated resources are available from Diabetes Australia Victoria from in Arabic, Mandarin, Cantonese, Greek, Italian, Turkish, Vietnamese, Macedonian and Spanish.
5. Download Medications for Diabetes [PDF 378KB]One page flyer.Easy to read, uses simple English and explains medical terminology well.Lists brand names and generic branding.
6. Download 10 Steps to Good Health [PDF 378KB]One page A4.Clear and well-spaced information.Lists key points to think about for the person with diabetes in a concise and simple manner.
7. Starting Insulin 24-page A5 booklet by Novo Nordisk.Good illustrations.Available online to people who are involved in the prescription of insulin only.The website is password protected and needs registration of each practitioner.Go to Novo Nordisk Australasia website to register
8.Download Insulin [PDF 406KB] Two- page A4 flyer, outlines when insulin is needed, how it is injected and stored, expiry, and how to dispose of it.This document uses medical jargon.
9. Download What is Diabetes [PDF 1001KB]Four page booklet, has a good combination of text and pictures.
10. Download Positively Managing Diabetes information for the Vietnamese speaking community [PDF 209KB] A5 pamphlet, good pictures relevant to the Vietnamese community.Use of columns could be confusing.
11. Positively Managing Diabetes (information for the Arabic speaking community)A5 pamphlet, good pictures relevant to the Arabic community. Use of columns could be confusing.
12. Download Diabetes and your Health Brochure [PDF 359KB]Text heavy, layout is a little confusing.Describes glucose levels and risks.
13. Download Live Well with Type 2 Diabetes Pamphlet [PDF 199KB] Has a good range of general information for someone newly diagnosed or someone who needs to refresh their knowledge.For translated versions Go to Diabetes Australia Victoria website
14. My Feet and DiabetesEasy to read.Not available online.For colour copies, order from Diabetes Australia Victoria. Translated resources are available in Arabic, Mandarin, Cantonese, Greek, Italian, Turkish, Vietnamese, Macedonian and Spanish.
15. RDNS developed 'Information on Diabetes"-Talking books in Greek and Italian"Using simple information sheets, the book presents information on how to look after your diabetes in a way that is easy to understand. You have the choice of reading the information or listening to it in your language. You can also read the information in English. In total, ten important diabetes topics are covered to help you better manage your condition." (Royal District Nursing website)Go to RDNS website for the talking books
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The National Diabetes Services Scheme (NDSS) has translated ten diabetes information sheets into ten languages. They are available in Arabic, Chinese (Traditional and simplified), Greek, Italian, Korean, Spanish, Turkish, Urdu and Vietnamese and can be accessed at www.ndss.com.au (under diabetes information – translated resources).