Diabetes is a national health priority. At present just over one in 20 Australian adults have diabetes, and this number is expected to grow.
As this number increases, so too will the number of diabetes-related complications and hospitalisations. In 2013/14 there were 900,000 hospitalisations where diabetes was listed as the primary or associated cause.
Health professionals skilled in supporting chronic condition self-management will therefore become even more important in the future if we are to keep our health system from being overwhelmed. Supporting our clients in looking after themselves and choosing a healthy lifestyle is key to this.
Diabetes WA has developed resources and programs for patients and health professionals designed to help both navigate the healthcare requirements of this condition.