Coalition to support Diabetes research
Posted on Tuesday, 5 October 2004
A re-elected Coalition Government would establish an Australian Centre of Excellence in the Research and Treatment of Juvenile Diabetes, according to Chair of the Parliamentary Diabetes Support Group and Member for Pearce Judi Moylan.
Ms Moylan said the number of children diagnosed with diabetes had doubled over the past 10 years and it was a chronic disease, which required constant management.
“Juvenile diabetes is a challenge for many Australian families,” Ms Moylan said.
The Diabetes Parliamentary Support Group had called on the Government to establish a research centre.
“I am very pleased with this announcement. It is something I have been working towards with other members of the diabetes support group – Cameron Thompson (Member for Blair), Dr Mal Washer (Member for Moore), Senator Guy Barnett (Tasmania) and Dick Adams (Member for Lyons).
“The Coalition Australian Government plans to ease the difficulties faced by sufferers and their families by building on support and networks already provided by the Government for international research into the illness.”
Ms Moylan said the announcement further outlined the Coalition Government’s strong commitment to the health of our children as one of society’s greatest assets.