Demands for over-40s to be diabetes tested

The national body also called for reinstatement of a prevention program for people at high risk, for diabetes-specific nutrition education in schools, and for a more than doubling of Medicare-funded referrals to allied health professionals from the current five to 12 per year.

The demands were included in the organisation’s National Diabetes Election Agenda, ahead of next year’s federal election.

The organisation said diabetes, which costs taxpayers over $6 billion per year, was a burgeoning pandemic and that  numbers were expected to grow from 1.5 million to 3.5 million in the next 20 years. 

“We need governments to commit to making diabetes prevention a national health priority,” DA CEO Lewis Kaplan said.

“Ahead of the next election, we are calling on governments to implement various diabetes prevention programs and ultimately reduce the number of people who are diagnosed with type 2 diabetes every