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Diabetes Australia

Diabetes Australia was established in 1984 and is the national body for people affected by all types of diabetes and those at risk.

Diabetes is the epidemic of the 21st century and the biggest challenge confronting Australia’s health system. Around 1.8 million Australians have diabetes. This includes all types of diagnosed diabetes (1.3 million known and registered) as well as silent, undiagnosed type 2 diabetes (up to 500,000 estimated).

Diabetes Australia is a respected and valued source of information, advice and views utilised by government and the community. Their credibility and independence as a national voice allows them to translate knowledge and evidence into advocacy and programs for diabetes.

Diabetes Australia collaborate with state and territory diabetes organisations and assist with the administration of the National Diabetes Services Scheme (NDSS).

Mission and vision

Diabetes Australia is committed to reducing the impact of diabetes.

How Diabetes Australia can help

Diabetes Australia provides practical assistance, information and subsidised products to more than 1.3 million Australians diagnosed with diabetes.

Diabetes Australia works to raise the awareness about the seriousness of diabetes, promoting prevention and early detection strategies and advocating for better standards of care. Diabetes Australia is also a significant financial contributor to research into better treatments for diabetes and the search for a cure.

Information line

National Diabetes Services Scheme (NDSS) helpline call 1800 637 700

Program, apps and tools

Recommended links

Last reviewed: March 2020

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Eating Out

Eating Out Eating out is an enjoyable part of life, and having diabetes shouldnt stop you from sharing a meal with family and friends

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Health insurance

Health insurance Health insurance companies are by law not allowed to discriminate against people with diabetes or any other chronic illness

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Travel

Travel Careful planning before travelling is essential when you have diabetes

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Tablets

Tablets Medication for type 2 diabetes People with type 2 diabetes are often given medications including insulin to help manager their blood glucose levels

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Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander people

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are almost four times more likely than non-Indigenous Australians to have diabetes or pre-diabetes

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Blood pressure

Blood pressure High blood pressure is often common in people with diabetes Blood pressure is the pressure of the blood in the arteries as the heart pumps it around the body

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COVID-19 - Be Prepared

COVID-19 - Be Prepared People with diabetes can reduce their risk of severe symptoms of COVID-19 by taking some simple actions

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Diabetes technology

Diabetes technology There are many pieces of diabetes technology or devices that can help you manage your diabetes

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Blood glucose monitoring

Blood glucose monitoring One of the main aims of diabetes treatment is to keep blood glucose levels within a specified target range

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Maintaining a healthy weight

Maintaining a healthy weight One of the most important aspects of diabetes management is to maintain a healthy body weight

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