May 27, 2008

West Coast Diabetes

Results achieved for the last year in responsiveness to diabetes on the West Coast are very encouraging.

The Local Diabetes Team has the task of setting and monitoring the targets for health organisations to achieve in the ongoing campaign to improve the health outcomes for those with the chronic condition, diabetes, on the West Coast.

Particularly pleasing from the 2007 results was the outcome for Maori, who proportionally used the free annual check-up service for known people with diabetes more than other ethnic groups.  This check is one of the important steps that can be taken to improve the health outcomes for those with diabetes.

The Ministry of Health has now revised the estimated population targets for diabetes on the Coast based on more accurate information. These reflect that there are a higher number of diabetics in our population than previously thought, with 1 in 27 West Coasters living with the condition.

The Ministry of Health has placed a high priority on meeting the challenge in view of rising numbers of diabetics.

Good management of diabetes care is very important to the well being of a person with this condition so the targets being monitored include the numbers of patients having annual reviews, retinal screening, blood pressure control, cholesterol control and their smoking rates.

For more information please contact

Bryan Jamieson
Community Liaison Officer
West Coast DHB
PO Box 387
Greymouth 7840
Phone (DDI): (03) 769-7665
Mobile: 027 245-9595
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