The Diabetes Story

Living a healthy and long life with well-controlled Diabetes.

The Diabetes Story Background

The Diabetes Story is a health information resource available for use by all practitioners, clinics and Aboriginal clients in Central Australia. The movie is written and animated as a story in three Central Australian Aboriginal languages (Pitjantjatjara, Warlpiri and Arrernte) and English and may be particularly useful for those clients with low medical literacy levels and comprehension of written material.

The Diabetes Story contains five scenes or chapters:

  1. How do you feel?
  2. What is Diabetes?
  3. Why have I got Diabetes? (Type 2 Diabetes, Gestational Diabetes, Type 1 Diabetes)
  4. What could happen to me?
  5. If you have Diabetes or think you might have Diabetes

The Diabetes Story was developed by Central Australian Aboriginal Congress in conjunction with Healthy Living NT, the Central Australian Division of Primary Health Care and the Federal Department of Communication, Information Technology and the Arts.

Congress thanks Diabetes Australia Northern Territory (now Healthy Living NT) as a significant part of the content is drawn from the 5-part diabetes awareness booklets ‘Keep Culture, Life and Family Strong: Know early about Diabetes.’ We recommend this movie as a beginners guide to the booklets and as a complementary resource.

Further information can be found at or via email at

The Diabetes Story was developed drawing on concepts from the Central Australian Division of Primary Health Care ‘Immunisation-for-all’ multimedia resource. The layout and several of the characters are the same providing a familiar software environment for users and we thank the Division for this significant contribution.

Central Australian Aboriginal Congress thanks and acknowledges the financial support of the Department of Communication, Information Technology and the Arts through the TAPRIC Indigenous Communities Online Program (ICOP). 

Suggested uses of The Diabetes Story

The Diabetes Story movie may be used

  • by practitioners with the client as an educational introduction to diabetes;
  • by clinics to play in the waiting room; and
  • by clients themselves seeking more information on diabetes.

Although The Diabetes Story is available on DVD, it has been designed specifically to be used as an educational tool for client initiated interactive learning using computers.

Playing The Diabetes Story

The Diabetes Story movie plays in Macromedia Flash and is available in three Central Australian Aboriginal languages (Pitjantjatjara, Warlpiri, and Arrernte) and English. Please note that all language versions have English Subtitles.

To play The Diabetes Story, you can download the movie, either in 1 of the 4 languages.

Download the Movie to your computer - Instruction

Each download is compressed in an executable zip file. To download:

  • Click on a file below and save it onto your computer.
  • Wait for the download to complete (this could take a while depending on the speed of your internet connection).
  • Click on the zip file located on your computer and extract the file.
  • Click on the Movie file 

Diabetes Movie Files

Please note you cannot change languages on individual versions

(Files are in Flash .swf format)


The Central Australian Division of Primary Health Care Inc. retains copyright on the material provided to Central Australian Aboriginal Congress. Central Australian Aboriginal Congress retains the copyright and intellectual property on the balance of this material. The Diabetes Story or any part of it can only be used for the purpose for which it is supplied to you, namely for educational, clinical and promotional purposes to encourage diabetes awareness.

How do I get a copy of The Diabetes Story?

If you would like a copy of the Diabetes in DVD or CD-Rom format, or you would like further information regarding this product, please contact us via the online contact form.

Please note that a production and postage fee may be required.