Reciprocal Knowing for Diabetes Literacy among Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Individuals in Australia

By Tabassum Ferdous and Bobby Harreveld.

Published by The International Journal of Health, Wellness and Society

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Health literacy is an important factor in the self management of diabetes. Furthermore, an informed
partnership between health professionals and patients-as-consumers that is based on a both-ways or reciprocal knowing of each other’s culturally constructed understanding of the disease has been found necessary. According to national statistics in Australia, diabetes among migrants has become a priority health issue (Australian Bureau of Statistics [ABS], 2007). Many reasons such as life style, inappropriate health care services, and barriers to accessing ambulatory health care services have been suggested for the increased incidence, complications and mortality rate from diabetes among the overseas born population in Australia (Dixon & Webbie, 2005). Since diabetes is a lifelong disease, patients require knowledge of both theoretical and practical self-management techniques to manage it in their everyday life. As health literacy has become a very recent concern for the Australian Health service system, and particularly for managing ‘diabetes’; health literacy in general and diabetes literacy in particular requires further investigation among culturally and linguistically diverse individuals living with diabetes. This issue is explored through an analysis of adults as learners, multicultural health education and reciprocal knowing in the context of diabetes literacy.

Keywords: Adult Learning Process, Diabetes Literacy, Multicultural Health Education, Reciprocal Knowing

The International Journal of Health, Wellness and Society, Volume 1, Issue 4, pp.203-218. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 807.086KB).

Tabassum Ferdous

PhD Student, Learning and Teaching Education Research Centre, Faculty of Arts, Business, Informatics and Education, Central Queensland University, Rockhampton, Queensland, Australia

I have got a bachelor degree in Medicine and Surgery and practiced as a doctor for 6 years in Bangladesh. Then after migrating to Australia I started to study Public Health and obtained a degree of post-graduate diploma in Public Health from University of Queensland followed by Masters by research in Health Science from CQUniversity. The focus of my research for masters degree was on formal health education for mammography among non-English speaking background women in Australia. Currently I am doing my PhD at CQUniversity on health education for self-management of diabetes among culturally and linguistically diverse individuals in regional Australia. During my study period of masters I was actively involved with different academic and community related positions such as a project officer, research assistant,and tutor for indigenous nursing and public health students.

Dr. Bobby Harreveld

Senior Lecturer, School of Learning and Innovation, Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Education, Central Queensland University, Rockhampton, Queensland, Australia

Bobby is currently researching relationships among policy and practice in education and training innovations; and advancing the conceptual framing of co-ordinations of power relations and resilience through professional identities as an expression of, and response to, changing conditions of work. In particular, she is interested in the impacts of cross-sectoral, inter-systemic education and training reform agenda enacted at multiple levels in organisations and communities. As well as coordinating a postgraduate coursework masters program, Bobby teaches undergraduate students and supervises doctoral research higher degree students.