In May 2018, the Senate announced a Select Committee into the obesity epidemic in Australia. Diabetes Australia’s submission includes recommendations for a sugary drinks tax, improvements to the Health Star Rating system, restrictions on junk food advertising to children and ways to help people get more physically activity.
Diabetes Australia believes we need to implement a Diabetes Blindness Prevention Initiative to reduce preventable blindness in the 1.2 million Australians with diagnosed diabetes.
This would be built on a national recall and reminder program to promote screening and early treatment to ensure diabetes eye disease can be identified and treated early and vision loss can be avoided. This does not involve substantial investment in new services – no new clinics, no new operating theatres, no new hospital beds. It involves innovative new “online integration” of the care systems and better utilisation of existing services and databases.
Diabetes Australia, as part of the Australian Chronic Disease Prevention Alliance, has made a submission into the Federal Government’s five-year review into the Health Star Rating system.
While we are broadly supportive of the system we think it can be improved. We believe the system should be mandatory, the algorithm used to determine a food’s rating be revised to address inaccuracies and that education around the system continue.
Diabetes Australia strongly supports the subsidisation of the FreeStyle Libre Flash Glucose Monitoring System on the National Diabetes Services Scheme (NDSS).
Glucose monitoring is one of the most difficult and intrusive parts of living with diabetes and Diabetes Australia welcomes technologies that provide people with more convenient, less painful and less disruptive ways of monitoring glucose levels.
Diabetes Australia strongly supports the subsidisation of the Freestyle Libre Flash Glucose Monitoring System on the National Diabetes Services Scheme. Glucose monitoring is one of the most difficult and intrusive parts of living with diabetes and Diabetes Australia welcomes technologies that provide people with more convenient, less painful and less disruptive ways of monitoring glucose levels.
People with diabetes are high end users of health care. In fact diabetes accounts for around one-third of all preventable hospital admissions. But many diabetes-related complications and hospitalisations could be prevented through a more effective primary care system. People with diabetes often find it difficult to navigate a complex system and find the right services and support they need at the right time.
Diabetes is set to become the leading burden of disease in Australia by 2017. Without a comprehensive response, there is every likelihood diabetes will overwhelm Australia’s health system in the future. Diabetes Australia’s submission to the Inquiry provides a number of recommendations to reduce the number of people diagnosed with type 2 diabetes and support the estimated 1.7 million Australians living with the condition.
Diabetes Australia’s submission to the Federal Government’s Re: Think Tax Review outlines the need to ensure Australia has the right tax system to incentivise healthier behaviours and better health outcomes and support not-for-profit organisations in delivering benefits to the community.
The Federal Government is examining the regulatory framework for complementary medicines. Diabetes Australia believes the current regulatory standards should not be diminished, and nor should the safety of Australians using complementary medicines be compromised.
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.
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.