Tasmanian Parliamentary Friends of Diabetes

The chairs of the Tasmanian Parliamentary Friends of Diabetes are: Guy Barnett MP, Jen Butler MP and Mike Gaffney MLC.

All members of the current Tasmanian Parliament were invited to join.

The key roles of the Tasmanian Parliamentary Friends of Diabetes are to: 

  • raise awareness among members of both houses of the Tasmanian Parliament about all types of diabetes, its impact and its seriousness.

  • help us break down the stigma surrounding all types of diabetes.

  • draw statewide awareness to the impact that diabetes has for those affected, their families, our communities and our economy.

  • raise awareness of the risk factors for developing type 2 diabetes.

  • promote healthy living for all Tasmanians.

The Tasmanian Parliamentary Friends of Diabetes is not a formal group. Rather members are kept informed of events and initiatives at a local, national and international level. They are sent regular email updates and quarterly copies of our member magazine Circle.

    Since the inception of the Friends of Diabetes we have:

    • held a 'Myth Busters' session at Parliament House, were all members and other politicians were invited to come along for a lunch time session on busting the myths of diabetes.  Speaker of the House of Assembly, the Hon Elise Archer, MP was one of the participants who joined us and commented on her Facebook page “While we had a few laughs with some of the educational games, they proved that there is more than ‘meats’ the eye when it comes to what’s healthy and what’s not! With around 27,000 Tasmanians diagnosed with diabetes and a further 10,000 undiagnosed with type-2 diabetes, it is important we learn about the causes, preventable or not”.  

    A story on our Myth Busters session featured in the Parliamentarians for Diabetes Global Network, you can read it here.

    • Launched the Schools Triathlon Challenge on Parliament Lawns with members of the Tasmanian Parliament, school children, sponsors and supporters of the event.
    • held an event in conjunction with the Schools Canteen Association launching the Well Fed Tasmania van.