Pictorial Guides

The Pictorial Guides


Project summary

A resource providing easy to understand tips for living well with diabetes. Information is presented using lots of images and minimal words.

The guides cover 6 topics: 

  • Managing my diabetes 
  • Healthy eating 
  • Exercise and diabetes 
  • My feet and diabetes 
  • Diabetes in pregnancy 
  • Carbohydrate counting in exchanges 

Most of the guides are available in:

  • Arabic
  • Traditional Chinese
  • Simplified Chinese
  • English
  • Greek
  • Italian
  • Vietnamese
  • Koorie


Where can I access the Pictorial Guides?

To access the guides click on the image below.


How do the Guides makes Diabetes Victoria a Health Literate Organisation?

Health Literate Organisations ensure that [1] [2]:

  • Written and verbal communication is tailored to the specific needs of target audiences.
  • Consumer education materials are available in commonly used languages through high-quality translation services.
  • They use culturally appropriate imagery.
  • They use a variety of formats to provide information.
  • Health practitioners routinely provide written and verbal information about conditions, procedures and treatment, including the benefits, risks and likelihood of success.
  • All consumer education materials are evaluated for appropriateness and effectiveness.


How were the Guides developed?

Diabetes Victoria took the following steps to develop the guides:

  • Identified a need for simple diabetes information and key topics 
  • Conducted a literature review to identify target audience 
  • Formed a partnership with culturally specific organisations  
  • Consulted with community members, health professionals and culturally specific organisations to determine content 
  • Working group reviewed the guides and approved content 
  • Conducted a readability test and health literacy review 
  • Photo shoot for images 
  • Graphic design and printing 
  • Promotion and dissemination



[1] Ministry of Health, 2015, Health Literacy Review: A guide. Wellington: Ministry of Health.

[2] Trezona, Dodson & Osborne, 2017, Organisational Health Literacy Responsiveness (Org-HLR) Self Assessment Tool and User Guide, Deakin University.