As a leading voice on diabetes issues, Diabetes Australia produces position statements on issues that impact on people with diabetes, their friends, families and carers.
A new language for diabetes: Improving communications with and about people with diabetes
Diabetes Australia encourages journalists and others writing about diabetes for the general public to reflect on the language they use and its power to encourage or discourage people living with diabetes.
Diabetes Australia believes optimal communication increases the motivation, health and well-being of people with diabetes; furthermore, that careless or negative language can be de-motivating, is often inaccurate, and can be harmful. We recommend taking the time to read the Language for Diabetes Position Paper:.
A health levy on sugar sweetened beverages
Diabetes Australia recommends that the Australian Government introduce a health levy on sugar-sweetened beverages, as part of a comprehensive approach to decreasing rates of overweight and obesity, and reducing the impact of type 2 diabetes. Revenue generated should support public education campaigns and initiatives to prevent chronic conditions (including type 2 diabetes) and address childhood obesity.
Position statement on biosimilar insulin
Diabetes Australia, along with the Australian Diabetes Society and the Australian Diabetes Educators Association, has developed a position statement outlining our position on biosimilar substitution and pharmacy-level substation.
Position on Austroads assessing fitness to drive guidelines
Diabetes Australia's response to the inclusion of a new Medical Standard for Licensing, part of the Austroads and the National Transport Commission updated guidelines for Assessing Fitness to Drive.
One diet does not fit all
Diabetes Australia urges Australians to discuss individual diets with their healthcare team.
Diabetes is serious and complex in all its forms - type 1 diabetes, type 2 diabetes, gestational diabetes and other variants. The public/media discussion about diabetes should not be dominated by "diets" - this is not helpful. A focus on one particular type of diet is not helpful.
Position on nutrition labelling on restaurant menus
As a member of the Australian Chronic Disease Prevention Alliance (ACDPA) Diabetes Australia supports the provision of nutrition labelling on menus at fast food and snack food chain outlets as an important element of a comprehensive obesity prevention strategy.
Position on alcohol supply
As a member of the Australian Chronic Disease Prevention Alliance (ACDPA) Diabetes Australia supports this overview of evidence concerning alcohol use and chronic disease risk.
Position on alcohol and taxation
As a member of the Australian Chronic Disease Prevention Alliance (ACDPA) Diabetes Australia supports this statement concerning alcohol and taxation.
Position on alcohol labelling
As a member of the Australian Chronic Disease Prevention Alliance (ACDPA) Diabetes Australia supports this statement concerning stronger labelling on alcohol.
Position on alcohol and advertising
As a member of the Australian Chronic Disease Prevention Alliance (ACDPA) Diabetes Australia supports this statement concerning the need for regulation on alcohol advertising.
Position statement on bariatric surgery
This position statement is for people with type 2 diabetes and those at risk of developing diabetes to help them make decisions about bariatric surgery.
Consensus statement sugar-sweetened beverages
Diabetes Australia, in partnership with health and community organisations, support the Rethink Sugary Drinks initiative. As part of the initiative, eight of the partner organisations have signed a consensus statement with a series of recommendations around tackling the over consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages. Read more information about the initiative on the Rethink Sugary Drinks website.