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Increasing incidence of type 2 diabetes in Indigenous and non-Indigenous children in Western Australia, 1990–2012

Aveni Haynes, Rachelle Kalic, Matthew Cooper, Jacqueline K Hewitt and Elizabeth Ann Davis
Med J Aust 2016; 204 (8): 303. || doi: 10.5694/mja15.00958
Published online: 2 May 2016

An increase in the incidence of childhood type 2 diabetes (T2D) has been reported in several populations worldwide, including Australia, with the highest risk being observed in children of Indigenous descent.1-3 In Western Australia, children throughout the state who are diagnosed with T2D are managed by a single multidisciplinary team at Princess Margaret Hospital, WA’s only tertiary paediatric hospital. In this study, we aimed to determine the incidence and incidence rate trends of childhood T2D in Indigenous and non-Indigenous children in WA.

  • Aveni Haynes1
  • Rachelle Kalic1
  • Matthew Cooper1
  • Jacqueline K Hewitt2,3
  • Elizabeth Ann Davis1

  • 1 Diabetes Telethon Kids Institute, University of Western Australia, Perth, WA
  • 2 Monash Children's Hospital, Melbourne, VIC
  • 3 Murdoch Childrens Research Institute, Melbourne, VIC


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