Type 2 diabetes is one of the most rapidly increasing illnesses in Australia, and statistics in the Indigenous Kimberleys are extreme. If you're Indigenous you're seven times more likely than a non-Indigenous Australian to contract diabetes, and 38 times more likely to require the subsequent amputation of a limb. And 98% of amputations are diabetes-related.
While Type 2 diabetes can't be cured, it can be prevented. So Perth podiatrist Debbie Schoen and Broome entertainer Stephen 'Baamba' Albert, himself a diabetic amputee, decided word had to get out. This dramatised story, aimed at the increasingly younger 'At-Risk', covers living healthy to avoid the consequences of falling into diabetes.
A documentary companionpiece, titled Deadly - And Not In A Good Way (find it at vimeo.com/85494467 ), addresses in greater depth the issues touched on in this film.