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Diabetes, asthma & arthritis

September 5, 2019


South Australia has the highest incidence of diabetes in the country. There are currently over 94,000 people with diabetes living in South Australia, with the prevalence of both type 1 and type 2 diabetes increasing across all age groups. Most jobs can accommodate people living with diabetes without any problems, however there are some jobs where living with diabetes may impact on safety requirements.

Diabetes SA is a not-for-profit, member-based association that is largely self-funded. Its mission is to educate, advocate, support and fund research that provides better outcomes for people at-risk or living with diabetes. For more information visit Diabetes SA or speak to a Diabetes SA health professional on 1300 198 204.

Are you at risk of type 2 diabetes?

Two million Australians are at risk of developing type 2 diabetes, and many do not know they are at risk.

Take this online risk check for type 2 diabetes – it is free and only takes a few minutes.

Up to 58% of type 2 diabetes is preventable with a healthy lifestyle, which includes eating well, staying active and maintaining a healthy weight.

Factors that can put you at increased risk of type 2 diabetes include:

Diabetes SA has an employer’s guide to diabetes in the workplace available.

World Diabetes Day, an international awareness event, is on November 14.


What is asthma?

Asthma is a long-term lung condition. People with asthma have sensitive airways in their lungs which react to triggers, causing a flare-up. In a flare-up, the muscles around the airway squeeze tight, the airways swell and become narrow and there is more mucus. These things make it harder to breathe.

One in nine Australians have asthma – or about 2.5 million people. In South Australia 21.8 per cent of people aged 15-25 require time off work, school or study due to their asthma.

Could it be asthma?

If you have:

you may have asthma. You may have all of these symptoms or only a few, and they may come and go.

Do you have a question about asthma? Call the 1800 ASTHMA Helpline (1800 278 462) to speak to helpline staff.

Asthma Week 1-7 September - To help celebrate Asthma Week here are some resources which can be downloaded and/or printed.

Asthma First Aid posters should be on display for all to see. Contact your local Foundation on 1800 ASTHMA (1800 278 462) for hard copies or download here.


Arthritis SA provides the most up to date research and support for the one-in-four South Australian who suffer from arthritis.

Arthritis is a name of conditions affecting the joints, usually resulting in pain and stiffness. There are more than 100 forms that affect joints in different ways, with the most common being osteoarthritis, gout and rheumatoid arthritis.

The Arthritis SA fact sheet answers the big question - is it just a sore joint or is it arthritis?

There are many different reasons why your joints may be sore. Not all pain in muscles and joints is caused by arthritis. It could be from an injury or using your joints and muscles in an unusual way (for example, playing a new sport or lifting heavy boxes). Talk to your doctor if you have pain and stiffness that:

What can I do? The good news is that there are many simple things you can do to live well with arthritis:

• find out what type of arthritis is affecting you and learn about your treatment options
• stay active: keep your joints moving and your muscles strong
• learn ways to manage pain: there are many things you can do to help you cope with pain
• manage tiredness: learn to balance rest and your normal activities
• maintain a healthy weight: diets cannot cure arthritis, but a well-balanced diet is best for your general health
• look after and protect your joints: find out about equipment and gadgets that can make tasks easier
• acknowledge your feelings and seek support: as there is currently no cure for arthritis it is natural to feel scared, frustrated, sad and sometimes angry
• be aware of these feelings and seek help if they start affecting your daily life
• call the Arthritis SA Health Educator for Advice

Arthritis SA has created a workplace program: Take Action on Pain Today. Are your staff keeping something from you?

The Workplace Wellbeing information and resources are provided as part of the Water Industry Alliance's Healthy Workplace Awareness in the Water Industry project. This prioject is funded by SA Health in partnership with Business SA and the Water Industry Alliance.