The broader impacts of diabetes on Australia’s health system and economy, and recent advances in the prevention and management of this significant health condition, will be the focus of a new inquiry by the House Health Committee.
The Chair of the Committee, Dr Mike Freelander MP, stated: ‘Diabetes is the world’s fastest growing chronic health condition, currently impacting approximately 1.3 million Australians. There are multiple forms of diabetes, including type 1, type 2, gestational and other rare types. The Committee looks forward to conducting this inquiry to better understand the current situation regarding diabetes in Australia, including the effectiveness of current Australian Government policies and programs aiming to prevent, diagnose and manage the condition.’
‘The Inquiry will be broad and will also look at lifestyle factors and the interaction between lifestyle, Type 2 diabetes, and obesity’ stated Dr Freelander.
‘The Committee looks forward to hearing from individuals with diabetes, healthcare service providers, researchers, peak bodies, the Australian Government, state and territory governments and members of the public to understand new evidence-based advances in the prevention and management of the condition, and the broader impacts of diabetes on Australia’s health system and economy’ he said.
Submissions from interested individuals and organisations are invited by 31 August 2023. The preferred method of receiving submissions is by electronic format lodged online using a My Parliament account.
Further information about the Committee’s inquiry, including the full terms of reference and details on how to lodge a submission are available at the Committee’s website.
****Media call, 11.30am, Senate Courtyard****
Members of the House of Representatives Standing Committee on Health, Aged Care and Sport will be available at 11.30am today (30 May 2023) to speak about and answer questions on the inquiry.
Dr Mike Freelander MP
Chair of the House of Representatives Standing Committee on Health, Aged Care and Sport
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