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Diabetes WA welcomes the launch of the new Australian National Diabetes Strategy 2016–2020 and hopes it will strengthen the fight against the nation’s biggest health threat.

“In Western Australia alone, there are 118,000 people who have been diagnosed with diabetes. One person is diagnosed every 5 minutes,” said CEO of Diabetes WA, Andrew Wagstaff. “Diabetes is the largest contributor to potentially-preventable hospitalisations, accounting for 26 percent of all such hospitalisations in Australia.”

“We applaud the Australian Government for recognising that diabetes is the biggest public health issue in Australia today. Through this strategy, we hope the growth of the epidemic will slow down and that it will allow people with diabetes to continue to live well with the condition.”

The new Australian National Diabetes Strategy 2016–2020 builds on the Western Australia Framework for Action on Diabetes and Diabetes Service Standards 2014 launched by the Western Australian State Government in November 2014.

“WA is at the forefront of diabetes treatment and support. The national strategy will support and enhance the work we are already doing to improve diabetes care in Western Australia,” said Mr Wagstaff.