Thalanyji once again donated $50,000 to Telethon for diabetic research and the care of children from remote regions of Western Australia.
The latest update from the Australian Institute of Heath 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.
On Saturday 20 October Matthew Slack, Thalanyji CEO, presented Telethon with a cheque for $50,000 for the second consecutive year. Thalanyji has committed to donating $50,000 each year for a minimum of three years to assist with diabetic research.
Quotes attributed to Matthew Slack, Thalanyji CEO
‘This is a critical issue that affects our Members and their community, and we want to ensure we are doing all that we can to tackle the problem for all aboriginal communities.’
‘We are focused on the future of the Thalanyji People and their community and want to ensure they thrive, for this to happen we need them to be living their best life.’
‘We know we can’t eradicate the problem completely, but we will certainly do whatever we can to lessen it.’