Hon Judi Moylan

New research shows the way forward in the battle against Diabetes

The Parliamentary Diabetes Support Group joined Diabetes Australia and the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation to launch a new research paper by Baker IDI Heart and the Diabetes Institute.

 Assistant Professor Jonathan Shaw, who was responsible for the research Report titled Diabetes: the silent pandemic and its impact on Australia, outlined for Senators, Members and guests the dimension of the challenge facing Australia in managing the diabetes pandemic.

 The cost of diabetes to the healthcare system now is around $6 billion annually, therefore we can expect a sharp escalation in costs to $18 billion by 2025.

 In 1997 the Federal government declared diabetes a National Health Priority. Along with state governments it committed to supporting programs to monitor and improve diabetes prevention, detection and management.

 “Notwithstanding these best intentions, the Baker IDI Research shows that diabetes prevalence is still on the rise and that more needs to be done,” Hon Judi Moylan MP, chair of the Parliamentary Diabetes Support Group, said on Wednesday.

 “I would like to acknowledge the excellent work of the Director and Chief Executive Officer of Baker IDI and by Associate Professor Shaw. It is an outstanding document which provides evidence based research on which to base effective policies.”

 It is estimated about 1 million Australians have diabetes. Another 100,000 new cases are diagnosed every year. On current trends, we can expect that number will grow to 3 million Australians by 2025. 

 “This research has been carried out in partnership with Diabetes Australia and the Juvenile Development Research Foundations. Both organisations are tireless and effective advocates for people with diabetes in Australia.”

 Parliamentary Diabetes Support Group, a cross bench group which has worked with the peak organisations to encourage government to continue its commitment to making diabetes a National Health Priority.

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