New plan to support Australians in the South West with diabetes

17th November 2021

The Australian Government has marked World Diabetes Day by releasing a new 10-year plan to better support people living with all forms of diabetes.

The Australian National Diabetes Strategy 2021–2030 will drive real improvements in the prevention, early detection, management, and care of people with diabetes.

Federal Member for Forrest Nola Marino MP said with approximately one in 20 Australians affected by diabetes, the new strategy will bring together the latest research and evidence to ensure our health response continues to adapt to the changing health environment.

“The Strategy will help support those living locally with diabetes, with the plan updated to include information relevant to the COVID-19 pandemic and living in a COVID safe manner, plus guidance and support for diabetes self-management.”

The Strategy also features specific details and actions for priority population groups, including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, those from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, and expectant mothers.

This year also marks 100 years since the discovery of insulin, a medical breakthrough that has saved the lives of millions over the last century.

In just 12 months, the number of Australians with diabetes registered with the National Diabetes Services Scheme increased by more than 120,000 people, climbing to around 1.4 million in June 2021.

The Federal Government provides funding to support people with diabetes through the National Diabetes Services Scheme (NDSS) which includes programs such as KeepSight, Diabetes in Schools, FootForward and MyDesmond; the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS), the Continuous Glucose Monitoring (CGM) initiative, and research funding.

In 2020–21, the NDSS delivered more than 5.9 million diabetes products worth more than $186 million, more than $709 million in medicines were dispensed under the PBS and more than $300 million in the CGM initiative over four years. Significant investments have been made in diabetes research, including $626 million through the National Health and Medical Research Council since 2010, and $78 million through the Medical Research Future Fund since 2015.

The Australian National Diabetes Strategy 2021–2030 is available online here.