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Diabetes Australia welcomes $2.8m funding boost from Morrison Government

A $2.8 million funding boost will help Diabetes Australia deliver new programs to help reduce the rates of preventable diabetes-related blindness and limb amputation.

Diabetes Australia welcomed the Morrison Government’s announcement of new funding for Foot Forward - a new diabetes-related amputations prevention initiative, and funding for KeepSight - a new initiative to promote diabetes eye checks and prevent vision loss and blindness.

Diabetes Australia announces more research funds and committed to search for a cure for type 1 diabetes

Type 1 diabetes is an auto-immune condition in which the immune system attacks the insulin producing cells in the pancreas. Preserving the ability of these cells to produce insulin or transplanting healthy cells could unlock exciting new treatment options for people living with the condition, but researchers still need to overcome a number of challenges before this approach is viable.

Diabetes Australia is funding two promising studies in this area including research conducted by Professor Kerry-Anne Rye, at the University of New South Wales, into preserving the function of insulin producing beta-cells.

Diabetes Australia announces new research grants for Queensland

A new app linked with a heart rate monitor could be key to helping more people incorporate physical activity into their diabetes management. The new app is one of a number of new research programs to receive funding from Diabetes Australia.

Diabetes Australia CEO Professor Greg Johnson said four important Queensland research projects were being funded.

“We are pleased to be funding Professor Jeffery Coombes who is looking at ways of helping people improve and sustain their rate of physical activity – an important part of diabetes management,” Professor Johnson said.

Some positive announcements for chronic disease, but much more needed to prevent future burden

The Australian Chronic Disease Prevention Alliance has welcomed last week’s Budget statement and announcements by both the Government and the Opposition to invest in chronic disease treatment and care, while calling on the major parties to commit to more action on prevention in the upcoming election campaign.

The 2019-20 Government Budget commitments for primary care, research and chronic disease Action Plans were welcomed, in addition to funding to tackle heart disease and stroke, announced on Thursday.

The Opposition’s Budget reply further recognised the burden of chronic disease in its focus on cancer and significant commitment of $2.3 billion to reduce cancer inequities and patient costs.

Diabetes Australia appoints new leader for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health and diabetes

Diabetes Australia is pleased to announce the appointment of Chris Lee to a new role to strengthen the focus on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health and diabetes.

Diabetes Australia CEO Professor Greg Johnson said he was excited that Chris had taken on the challenge to help improve outcomes for First Nations people with diabetes.

“Chris is from the Larrakia peoples of Darwin in the Northern Territory and brings more than 25 years’ experience in effective engagement and consultation with First Nations communities,” Professor Johnson said.

New funding to help Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders children and youth affected by type 2 diabetes welcomed by Diabetes Australia

Diabetes Australia has welcomed the announcement by Hon Ken Wyatt AM, Minister for Indigenous Health of nearly $4m in funding to develop, pilot and implement new, culturally appropriate programs in Northern Australia to specifically help Indigenous children and youth affected by type 2 diabetes.

“West Australian data has shown rates of type 2 diabetes in young Aboriginal people may be 20-fold higher than in non-Indigenous young people,” said Professor Greg Johnson, CEO of Diabetes Australia.

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