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.