Health & Lifestyle

Dying Man Plead

At 36 years old Jason Bartlett stares into the open space of his Royal Perth Hospital room and in a raspy voice declares “there is no future”.

In what was supposed to be the prime years of his life, the singer is wired to a hospital bed contemplating how to make the most of the limited time he has left.

After being diagnosed with diabetes at 19 and then succumbing to kidney and heart failure years on, Mr Bartlett decided to share his story to help other men take responsibility for the decisions that not only impacted them, but also their loved ones.

Today his cousin and the Minister for Indigenous Health, Ken Wyatt, launched Passing on Wisdom: Jason’s Diabetes Story, which documents his final days before he died in June this year.

In his video, Mr Bartlett talks about how making good, healthy decisions when he was younger could have saved his life.

“If I could go back in time and do something different, I would never have touched a bottle,” he said.

The father of two urged the next generation of Australian’s to rethink revolving their lifestyles around alcohol consumption and drugs.

“Make sure you look after yourself because if you don’t look after yourself, everybody that’s around you is going to be affected,” he pleaded.

Mr Wyatt said Mr Bartlett’s testament reinforced his indigenous health priorities: men’s health, maternal and child health and preventable hospital admissions.

“If it can help just one person make life-changing choices, Australia will be better for it,” Mr Wyatt said.

People standing in a line holding a photo of a deceased man.