More than 1.3 million (1 in 20) Australians were living with diabetes in 2021, and diabetes contributed to 11.2% of all deaths in 2021.

The Standing Committee on Health, Aged Care & Sport, chaired by Federal Member for Macarthur, Dr Mike Freelander, has therefore launched an Inquiry into Diabetes.

“With over 450 submissions made to the Inquiry, we know that this is a major issue facing Australians. It is impacting Australian men, women and children of all ages and all demographics – it is truly concerning,” Dr Freelander said.

Dr Freelander has recently completed an interstate trip to hear from local groups, organisations and individuals living with and fighting diabetes, as the inquiry looks “at all forms of diabetes including type 1, type 2, gestational diabetes, and other rarer forms such as cystic fibrosis-related diabetes” said Dr Freelander.

The public hearings were well attended and heard from a range of witnesses, including patient advocacy organisations, Indigenous & Pacific Islander groups, medical professionals and groups representing retail & produce sectors.

With such a large collection of submissions and testimonies received, the Committee will continue to work together and produce a final report in 2024.