Advocacy Diabetes Australia is the leading diabetes advocacy organisation in Australia. We represent the interest of all people affected by diabetes by advocating and lobbying the Australian Government for better standards of care and on other issues of national concern. Lobbying and advocating operates at two levels: Addressing and providing solutions for national issues which are raised by individual people with diabetes or their families. Identifying the needs of, and working towards improvements in the quality of life for, people with diabetes. Diabetes Australia has established effective relationships with the Australian Government, its departments, other health and private national bodies, to advocate on issues such as access to technology, complications prevention programs, improved access to medicines, driver’s license standards, and discrimination in the workplace or in everyday life. Diabetes Australia is also supported in its endeavours by the Parliamentary Friends for the Prevention of Diabetes; an energetic non-partisan group of parliamentarians, co-chaired by Member for Moreton Graham Perrett and Member for Grey Rowan Ramsey, with a particular focus on helping people with diabetes. Learn more: Read our 2023 Federal Budget submission Read our 2022 Federal Election Platform Read our position statements Read about our submissions Find out about our latest campaigns National Lobbying & Advocating Contact If you would like to contact Diabetes Australia about an issue of national concern, email: [email protected]. State and Territory Advocacy Officers There is an Advocacy Officer in each of the state and territory diabetes offices. If there is an issue or topic related to living with diabetes that you think requires action, either from the government or commercial operators, contact your nearest state or territory diabetes office Advocacy Officer: New South Wales, Queensland, Tasmania Rebekah Henricksen Policy and Advocacy Manager29 Finchley StreetMILTON QLD 4064Ph (07) 3506 0918Fax (07) 3506 0909Email: [email protected] Australian Capital Territory Natalie SmithGeneral Manager, ACTDiabetes NSW & ACTTenant B, 19-23 Moore StreetTurner ACT 2612Phone 02 6248 4500Fax 02 6230 5011Email [email protected] Victoria Susanne BaxandallAdvocacy CoordinatorDiabetes VictoriaWurundjeri Woi-wurrung Country, Suite G01, 15-31 Pelham Street Carlton VIC 3053Ph (03) 9667 1769Fax (03) 9667 1778Email: [email protected] South Australia Angelique PasalidisCEODiabetes SA159 Sir Donald Bradman Drive, HILTON SA 5033Ph (08) 8234 1977Fax (08) 8234 2013Email: [email protected] Western Australia Advocacy OfficerDiabetes WALevel 3, 322 Hay Street, SUBIACO WA 6008Ph (08) 9325 7699Fax (08) 9221 1183Email: [email protected] Australian Chronic Disease Prevention Alliance The Australian Chronic Disease Prevention Alliance brings together five leading non-government health organisations to prevent chronic disease in Australia. Cancer Council Australia, Diabetes Australia, National Heart Foundation of Australia, Kidney Health Australia, and the Stroke Foundation work together to collectively advocate for prevention, integrated risk assessment and effective management of chronic disease risk. This includes: • Improving nutrition• Increasing physical activity and decreasing sedentary behaviour• Reducing unhealthy weight at a population level• Increasing health checks Chronic diseases are Australia’s greatest health challenge, and leading cause of illness, disability and death. However, much burden could be prevented by addressing modifiable risk factors and providing support to manage disease risk.