Ray Kelly, Marrin Weejali

Ray Kelly, our Too Deadly for Diabetes commissioned program partner, has been awarded 2019 Exercise Physiologist of the Year, by Exercise & Sports Science Australia.

Recognised for his outstanding contribution to chronic disease prevention and his dedication to empowering Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to make lifestyle changes to improve their health.

“It would be easy to see the challenge of turning the diabetes epidemic around as just too difficult, preferring to simply help people live with the disease. Instead, we must take it head-on”, he said.

The 10-week program provides participants living with, or at risk of developing type 2 diabetes, with exercise, nutrition and education to improve their lifestyle and reduce diabetes risk factors.

Ray believes we are seeing a paradigm shift in how type 2 diabetes is now viewed and treated, with recent research showing 61% of cases reversed through effective lifestyle programs. Many participants suffered from a range of serious health conditions, have now successfully reduced the use of medications.

“The most exciting part about this award is it highlights the work we have been doing with reversing type 2 diabetes in Aboriginal communities. The research is building in this area and I’m proud of what we’ve been able to achieve in Western Sydney”, he added.

For more information on the Too Deadly for Diabetes Program, contact our Aboriginal Health team or call 8811 7100.