Mr RAMSEY (Grey—Opposition Whip) (13:30): Today is World Diabetes Day, and I am co-chair of the Parliamentary ‘enemies of diabetes’ Group with my friend the member for Moreton, Graham Perrett, who we will be hearing from in a moment. In 2023 the campaign focuses on the importance of knowing the risk of type 2 diabetes, to help delay or prevent the condition. There are 1.9 million Australians registered on the National Diabetes Services Scheme, with over 300 new people diagnosed every day, and an estimated half a million Australians with type 2 diabetes remain undiagnosed. Type 2 diabetes is endemic and epidemic, and diabetes is the seventh-most common cause of death by disease in Australia.
The electorate of Grey, covering more than 92 per cent of South Australia, has the highest diabetes rate in Australia. In fact, state by state, South Australia has the highest incidence of diabetes in the country. I’m not sure why this is so but it needs to be recognised and we need to try to turn that around.
As I often say, diabetes is the leading cause of coronary heart disease, blindness and amputation. It is also a major contributor to kidney disease. It’s a good thing to avoid if you can, and the good news is: with a healthy diet, good exercise programs and attention to general health, you will generally increase your chances of avoiding diabetes. Diabetes in many cases is a hidden killer, with people officially succumbing to the above aforementioned ailments. But make no mistake: it sets the precondition for life-taking diseases. (Time expired)