Our research-based programs are run through your local Aboriginal Medical Service and targets those with, or at risk of, type 2 diabetes and heart disease. Our program runs for 10 weeks, but within the first 14 days many people will see dramatic changes to their blood sugar and blood pressure.
Margo was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes 30 years ago, and was on insulin for 20 years.
It didn't take long for Mary to turn her health around!
Meet some of the participants from our western Sydney program!
Dr Perrin chose to lead the way for her patients!
Hear from the nurse and the Aboriginal health practitioner that run the program!
Curtis and his wife Margaret, both pharmacists, played an integral role in the success of our program in Emerton!
Ray Kelly is a proud Gomeroi man and one of Australia’s leading health professionals, with over 31 years’ experience in the health and sports industries. He has a degree in Human Movement, a Master of Teaching (PDHPE) and a Bachelor of Research where he focused on the reversal of type 2 diabetes in the Indigenous community. He is currently completing his Doctor of Philosophy in Analysis of the factors contributing to successful reversal of type 2 diabetes through lifestyle change by Indigenous people in Australia at the University of Melbourne.
Mr Kelly was awarded ESSA Exercise Physiologist of the Year in 2019. He holds several advisory positions including the Australian Diabetes Educators Association Expert Reference Group, NSW Health's Agency for Clinical Innovation's Diabetes in Community for Aboriginal People Project, Australian Centre for Accelerating Diabetes Innovation, the Targeted Translation Research Accelerator (TTRA) Diabetes & Cardiovascular Disease Indigenous Advisory Group, ESSA NSW State Chapter, and the ESSA Exercise Physiology Advisory Group.
'Too Deadly for Diabetes' is a lifestyle program designed by Ray and provided primarily through Aboriginal medical services in rural and remote NSW. Ray Kelly engages with the local Indigenous community and health care providers to identify obstacles and design strategies. This have proven effective with each location witnessing a major improvement in clinical outcomes. An independent study was completed on the program in Western Sydney where participants achieved an average weight loss of 7.5kg and a reduction in HbA1c of 1.7%. In particular, the Too Deadly for Diabetes program is provided in many areas where the management of type 2 diabetes is often poor. This leads to an increasing number of patients suffering from complications with their feet, kidneys, eyes and cardiovascular system. As participants often improve their food intake, increase physical activity and reduce HbA1c, the previous issues around the co-morbidities are significantly reduced.
In Ray’s experience, Indigenous communities have unique obstacles to health. By guiding discussions, Ray assists local health staff and community in identifying obstacles and then designing localised strategies. This has led to programs which have resulted in substantial improvements in HbA1c and reductions in medication use within short periods of time.
Currently, Ray provides research-based training and education to GPs, nurses, and other health professionals working in primary care. He then provides support as they embed these changes within their current treatments. This had led to decreases in blood pressure, HbA1c and the co-morbidities associated with these conditions. Often, patients also see a reduction in medications. He also recently co-hosted the 3-part series on remission of type 2 diabetes alongside Dr Michael Mosley for SBS.
Ray is often asked to provide interviews about his work. Check out what he's been up to!