Document Type

Journal Article


Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation

Place of Publication



School of Medical and Health Sciences




Hart, A. S., Bayes, S., Geraghty, S. (2015). African immigrant parents' understanding of their teenager's newly diagnosed diabetes status in Western Australia. Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation Journal, 22(11), 39-49. Available here


Background: Recently Western Australia has seen a rise in African population due to both economic and refugee migration. Concurrently, a rise in the numbers of teenagers of African origin diagnosed with both type 1 and type 2 diabetes and associated complications has been noticeable. Different ethnic background is a known risk factor for poor metabolic control; this trend is reflected in studies wherein people of African origin have been found to have a high risk of developing diabetes. What is evident from health promotion literature is that parents of teenagers with a chronic health condition, when they are well informed about that condition, play a key part its management. Little is known, though, about what African migrant parents understand about diabetes and its dietary control.

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