Call to step up Indigenous health checks

Almost all Indigenous adults should be screened yearly for diabetes, according to new guidelines on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health checks.

Jointly published by the RACGP and the National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation, the updated guidelines recommend annual glucose screening for all adults in regions with a diabetes prevalence of 5% or more.

Previously the guidelines recommended annual screening only for those with previous impaired fasting glucose or glucose tolerance.

There are no regional diabetes statistics for Indigenous communities, although the national rate is estimated to be between 10% and 30%.

Associate Professor Jonathan Shaw, of Melbourne’s Baker IDI Heart and Diabetes