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Looking at the best balance of macronutrients for people with diabetes - 31 March 2017


Macronutrients – carbohydrates, protein and fats – are the essential building blocks of everyone’s diet. The human body needs three main macronutrients: protein, fat and carbohydrates.     

Eating these in the right proportions is important for everyone including people living with type 2 diabetes, however scientists still don’t have a consensus on the best balance of macronutrients for people with type 2 diabetes.     

For the full story from Dr Jibran Wali please follow this link.

Let’s start the conversation - Health Levy. - March 2017

Every day we read or hear more about the so-called ‘sugar tax’ or, as it should be more appropriately termed, a ‘health levy on sugar sweetened beverages’.

We have heard arguments from government and health experts both in favour of, and opposed to this ‘tax’, so let’s broaden this conversation and ask our community their view

As CEO of one the state’s leading health charities I support our State Government’s goal to make Tasmania the healthiest population by 2025 and the Healthy Tasmania Five Year Strategic Plan, with its focus on reducing obesity and smoking.

To read all of Caroline's piece please follow this linkTo view the story as ran by The Examiner newspaper, please follow this link.

Australian Government subsidy of Continuous Glucose Monitors - 23 December 2016

During the 2016 Federal Election, the Government committed to subsidise continuous glucose monitoring (CGM) technology to assist children and young adults under 21 years of age who face extra challenges managing their type 1 diabetes.

The Government, through the Department of Health, is working to address this election commitment. While this work is well advanced, a commencement date has not been determined.

The Department of Health is consulting with Diabetes Australia, expert endocrinologists and clinicians and other key stakeholders including the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation and the Danii Foundation to assist with the implementation of this commitment as part of the National Diabetes Services Scheme (NDSS) and to ensure that eligible children and young adults receive the support they need.

Work is continuing to finalise elements such as the clinical eligibility criteria, authorisation process, supply arrangements, information, education and support programs as well as the administrative and information technology systems changes required to implement this commitment.

Further information will be provided once these details have been finalised.

Written by: NDSS  Publication/Source: NDSS

Revised ‘Assessing Fitness to Drive’ guidelines 2016 released - 28 September 2016

For the past few years there has been great concern about the national guidelines being used to assess fitness to drive for people with diabetes.

Diabetes Australia and our state and territory member organisations have led the way on advocating changes to these guidelines on behalf of all people with diabetes to make sure they only address aspects directly affecting someone’s ability to drive.

We are very pleased to advise that, from 1 October 2016, revised and clearer guidelines will help Australians with diabetes and their healthcare teams decide if it is safe to drive.


Prime Minister Turnbull supports Walk to Work Day on Friday 7 October - 22 September 2016

The Prime Minister of Australia encourages all Australians to take part in Diabetes Australia Walk to Work Day on 7 October, as outlined in a letter of support received this week (see attachment).  

The Prime Minister notes that as Diabetes is one of the most serious health challenges facing our country, there are “no more excuses” in taking steps to improve our health and reduce the risk of developing type 2 diabetes, or to help manage the condition.

Important safety information for people with diabetes in possession of a GlucaGen® HypoKit -

Novo Nordisk Pharmaceuticals Pty Ltd is recalling 4 batches of GlucaGen HypoKit in Australia. The GlucaGen HypoKit is indicated for the ‘treatment of severe hypoglycaemic reactions which may occur in the management of diabetic patients receiving insulin or oral hypoglycaemic agents’.

No more excuses - Step into spring and build walking into your daily routine6 September 2016

Diabetes Australia Walk to Work Day is on in just four weeks and organisers are saying “no more excuses, no more previous engagements.” Get walking today and start the path to a healthier workplace and a healthier you.

The annual event, now in its 19th year, encourages employees and employers to build walking into their everyday lives – not just on Friday 7 October 2016, but every day.

'YourSAY Glucose Monitoring’ Study - Summary of Key Findings

The 'YourSAY: Glucose Monitoring' online survey investigated glucose monitoring behaviours and attitudes. The survey was completed by 704 Australian adults, aged 18-70 years, who were either diagnosed with type 1 diabetes or type 2 diabetes, and currently using insulin therapy (injections or a pump), and not currently using a continuous glucose monitoring device. For the full summary, please follow the link above.