Indigenous diabetes helped through yarning

YARNING circles could be the answer to Indigenous women managing their diabetes, a research project shows.

Yarning, which describes the coming together of a group of Indigenous people to discuss issues and share knowledge, was shown to be a more suitable method of educating Indigenous women about managing their diabetes.

The nurse-led project, undertaken by the Queensland University of Technology (QUT), entailed bringing together Indigenous women from Brisbane’s Northside and Cherbourg to discuss health issues. It led to the establishment of an Indigenous Women’s Wellness Health Program, which now plans to develop a not-for-profit organisation and support groups to address health inequalities.

QUT principal research fellow Associate Professor Bronwyn Fredericks said while diabetes is typically handled through individual consultations between a patient and health professional, the research participants indicated a yarning to be a more