Policy and Advocacy

As a leading voice on diabetes issues, Diabetes Australia's policy and advocacy work aims to turn diabetes around through awareness, prevention, detection, management and cure.

In this section

Face of Diabetes - A national diabetes strategy and action plan
Position Statements
2012 submissions to the Independent Hospital Pricing Authority
2012 silent pandemic campaign
2011 National Food Plan submission
2011 National Policy Forum
2010 National Policy priorities

Submissions to The Independent Hospital Pricing Authority
The Australian Diabetes Society, The Australian Diabetes Educators Association, The National Association of Diabetes Centres and Diabetes Australia are concerned about the current failure for the IHPA Draft Pricing Framework to recognise and adequately fund specialised Multidisciplinary Diabetes Services.  Click here to see the latest submission.  Click here to see the earlier submission, dated 21st February 2012.

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Diabetes: the silent pandemic and its impact on Australia
Diabetes Australia welcomes the publication of this comprehensive and up to date briefing on diabetes and its impact in Australia. There are now approximately 1 million Australians living with diabetes and around 100,000 new diagnoses each year. There is an urgent and growing need to promote the issues surrounding this out-of-control pandemic.

We need to focus the minds of the general public, of practitioners and researchers, of the media and of politicians, bureaucrats and policy makers on diabetes and related chronic diseases. There is also an urgent need for increased understanding of the economic, and societal seriousness of diabetes and its complications, and of the escalating costs to individuals, families, workplaces, society and governments. We need sustained, nationally consistent programs to prevent, detect and manage diabetes in Australia.

Too many plans and strategies have been designed and not properly implemented or evaluated. The opportunity cost of doing too little to stem this pandemic is apparent to many, but not, it would seem, to those who need to take hard and firm policy decisions to create healthier environments in schools, homes, hospitals and workplaces. We also need to ensure funding for quality treatment is available and accessible to all to prevent or delay the onset of diabetes and its complications. Click here to see the full report.

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National Food Plan
The Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry (DAFF), on behalf of the Australian Government, held national food plan roundtables, gathering feedback on an issues paper.  Click here to read our submission.

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National Policy Forum 2011
As part of 2011's World Diabetes Day celebrations, Diabetes Australia hosted the second National Policy Forum at Parliament House in Canberra.  Click here for further details.

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National Policy Priorities 2010
Download a copy of Diabetes Australia’s National Policy Priorities 2010.  Download: Diabetes Australia National Policy Priorities 2010

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