Take the test for Type 2 diabetes
THE Central Highlands has one of the highest rates of diabetes in the region.
To help local residents find out their risk of developing type 2 diabetes, free screening education kits have been rolled out through Central Highlands libraries.
Allied health workers at There4U have teamed up with Central Highlands Regional Council to tackle this chronic condition.
Diabetes educators have provided diabetes education kits to libraries across Central Highlands to help people complete a quick online assessment with the Diabetes Australia risk calculator tool.
Diabetes educator Carolanne Boland said the tool is a great way to help people make lifestyle changes to better manage their health.
"I would encourage everyone to access the online assessment tool and check out their risk of developing Type II diabetes in the future," she said.
"An early diagnosis and lifestyle intervention is vital to protecting your future health."
In its 2015-16 Health Needs Assessment, Central Queensland, Wide Bay, Sunshine Coast PHN identified diabetes as a prominent barrier to good health across Central Queensland. This initiative, delivered by There4U, is proudly supported by Central Queensland, Wide Bay, Sunshine Coast PHN.
Central Queensland PHN general manager Andrew Wills said events like these were essential to raising community awareness and encouraging people to visit their doctor to get information and support to self-manage their condition.
"Diabetes is a major factor affecting the health of our communities, and Central Highlands has one of the highest rates across our region," he said.
"The age-standardised rate (ASR) for the Central Highlands is 5.6 per 100 compared to 5.1 for Queensland overall."
Visit the Diabetes Australia risk calculator to assess your risk of developing type 2 diabetes: