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In a surprise announcement, Telethon Foundation Trust Board has made the decision to match Thalanyji’s donation to diabetic research and the care of children from remote regions of Western Australia bringing the total to $100,000.

The cause which is close to the hearts of so many Thalanyji people is one of the many well deserving causes the Telethon Foundation had in front of them for consideration.

Research into diabetes and the care of children in remote WA is an issue that not only affects the Thalanyji community but many others from around the state and Thalanyji wants to be part of a solution that helps the wider community.

Thalanyji is currently in discussions with other organisations to join them to raise further funds in time for 2019 Telethon. 

Quotes attributed to Matthew Slack, Thalanyji CEO

‘We were so pleased when the message came through that Telethon was going to match our donation. It is obviously a cause we are passionate about so for the Telethon Foundation Trust Board to even consider match funding is a massive step in achieving real results for those affected.’

Background on diabetes in rural WA.

The latest update from the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) showed that an estimated 1.2 million (6%) of Australian adults had diabetes and indigenous Australians are almost 4 times more likely to have the disease than non-indigenous Australians.

The numbers increase even further for those indigenous Australians living in remote areas, such as the area that Thalanyji Members originate from. Current numbers from Diabetes WA show that 28,912 people are living with diabetes in regional WA with many more undiagnosed.

In young indigenous children and adolescents, the burden of type 2 diabetes is also much greater than their non-indigenous counterparts and appears to be on the rise. Typically, these youths who are diagnosed have a family history of type 2 diabetes and are often fighting obesity.

Diagnosis and providing help to those affected is often difficult. Barriers to addressing diabetes in young indigenous people living in rural and remote areas relate to health service access, demographics, socio-economic factors, cultural factors and limited resources and availability of health services accessible to them.

Richard Goyder and Matthew Slack
Richard Goyder (Telethon Foundation Trust Board Member) and Matthew Slack (Thalanyji CEO)
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