Helping Canberra turn type 2 diabetes round
Date posted: 27 February 2014
The health of Australia's Parliament was in the spotlight when Diabetes Australia conducted health checks and type 2 diabetes risk assessments with the country's 150 federal members.
Michelle Trute from Diabetes Australia said it was an important opportunity to put the condition on the personal agenda of Australia's political leaders.
'Type 2 diabetes is the world's fastest growing chronic disease and can affect anyone, including our politicians,' Ms Trute said. 'There are more than 1.7 million Australians living with type 2 diabetes which costs the Australian taxpayer an estimated $14.6 billion per annum in healthcare and carer costs and Commonwealth Government subsidies, she said.
Member for Hasluck and Chair of the Parliamentary Diabetes Support Group (PDSG) Ken Wyatt applauded Diabetes Australia for conducting the risk assessments at Parliament.
Source: Diabetes Australia