Diabetes a major health issue in the bush

Friday, 12 October 2018
Diabetes test on fingers

The National Rural Health Alliance today highlighted the startling figures from the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) report Diabetes Indicators for the Australian National Diabetes Strategy 2016-2020.

The report shows that people in regional and remote communities have much higher rates of diabetes and related complications compared to those living in major cities, including higher numbers of hospitalisations, co-morbidities and deaths.

The AIHW report also shows that the rates of diabetes for Indigenous Australians remain significantly higher than non-Indigenous Australians. Alliance CEO, Mark Diamond, said the figures show much higher rates of hospitalisation and deaths in rural and remote areas due to diabetes.

“Deaths from diabetes are four times higher for Indigenous Australians. This is simply unacceptable.” Mr Diamond said...read more on our Media Release