Diabetes educational videos developed in Chinese


Do you come from a Chinese background?

Did you know western Sydney is a diabetes hotspot with disease rates higher than the NSW average and the Chinese community has a 70 per cent increased chance of developing type 2 diabetes?

Western Sydney Diabetes (WSD) has developed a series of educational videos in Chinese to educate the Mandarin-speaking community in western Sydney on diabetes. 

The videos were launched on the Chinese social media messaging app, WeChat on Friday, July 15 as part of National Diabetes Week (July 10-16).

One video will be released each week on topics related to diabetes care and management.

Type 2 diabetes is a condition where a person becomes resistant to insulin or their pancreas is no longer able to produce enough insulin to counteract the food eaten.

Credentialed Diabetes Educator, Scarlett Huang, WSD endocrinologist Dr Cecilia Chi and WSD Primary Preventions Officer, Aruni Ratnayake.

The Western Sydney Diabetes initiative was established in response to the growing threat diabetes poses to our community’s health and wellbeing.

The videos were developed in collaboration with the NSW Multicultural Health Communication Service (MHCS), a state-wide health service established by

NSW Health to strengthen the capacity of health services and programs to effectively and appropriately communicate with people from culturally and
linguistically diverse (CALD) backgrounds and coordinate the provision of multilingual health information.

The videos, delivered by a WSD endocrinologist, WSLHD Credentialed Diabetes Educators and other health specialists, not only target people from Chinese backgrounds but GPs to pass on to their patients.

See the videos here. 

WSD endocrinologist at Westmead Hospital Dr Cecilia Chi said the access to diabetes education in western Sydney is “limited”.

“Our project aims to provide our local Chinese community with culturally and linguistically appropriate resources for education,” Dr Chi said.

Deputy Director of MHCS, Jesusa Helaratne, said through the promotion of these videos on the MHCS WeChat platform, they hope to deliver key
health messages that are accurate and timely about managing diabetes that will make a significant difference in people’s lives.

“We are pleased to support the diabetes education series program that aims to help Chinese speaking community members to manage their health
effectively,” Ms Helaratne said.

WSD’s Primary Preventions Officer, Aruni Ratnayake, said the success of the videos was thanks to both the passion of the health professionals who donated their time to record and translate the video content as well as the collaboration between WSD and MHCS to reach the Chinese community on MHCS WeChat platform.

WSD is encouraging anyone who is at high risk to go to their GP and get tested for a free HbA1c test. 

This includes Chinese adults in western Sydney who have more than one of the following risk factors:

  • A family history of diabetes;
  • An inactive lifestyle;
  • Above a healthy weight;
  • Had diabetes during a pregnancy; and
  • Is 45 years old or older.

It is important to speak to your GP regularly if you think you could be at risk and work with them on a plan to support you.

This could include an annual HbA1c test for eligible people which will help your GP to diagnose and monitor your diabetes or risk of developing it. The videos and their release date:  





15 July

What is diabetes



22 July

Blood Glucose level checking



5 August




12 August

What contains carbohydrates?



19 August

Diabetes and exercise



26 August

What is a low GI diet part 1



2 September

What is a low GI diet part 2



9 September

Diabetes and sleep



16 September

Diabetes and driving



23 September

Gestational diabetes



7 October

Diabetes and weight loss



14 October

Diabetes and feet



21 October

Diabetes and eye disease



28 October

Diabetes and heart disease



4 November

Diabetes and kidney disease



11 November

Diabetes and liver



18 November

Diabetes medicines – How to inject insulin


25 November

Diabetes medicines – SGLT2 inhibitors



2 December

Diabetes medicines – GLP1 agonists



9 December

National Diabetes Services Scheme



16 December

GP management plan



23 December

Access a diabetes educator