WA Labor to take a fresh approach to health care through prevention

  • A McGowan Labor Government will invest in preventative health to reduce hospitalisations
  • Diabetes is the world’s fastest growing chronic condition and there is no cure.
  • 29 people are diagnosed with diabetes each day in WA – more than one an hour.
  • 3 out of every 10 WA hospital beds are taken by someone who is being treated for diabetes-related complications.

WA Labor Shadow Health Minister Roger Cook today announced that a McGowan Labor Government would implement a program to help tackle the chronic disease type 2 diabetes.

If elected a McGowan Labor Government will establish a pilot called the “Let’s Prevent Program”. Run in partnership with Diabetes WA and local governments, the “Let’s Prevent Program” will draw on evidence from the successful DESMOND Program from the UK, targeting those people most at risk of becoming obese and developing type 2 diabetes. It will use evidence-based approaches to inform practical, empowerment-based accessible interventions. The Program educates and encourages participants to make the changes they need to, in order to avoid the impact on their lives of diabetes. WA Labor believes that prevention is better than cure in managing chronic diseases.

Western Australia has a growing obesity epidemic leading to increased rates of diabetes, coronary heart disease, and stroke. The program will initially involve a pilot with about 4000 participants from across the state who are assessed to be at medium to high risk of developing Type 2 Diabetes, heart disease, and stroke.

 

Comments by WA Labor Shadow Health Minister Roger Cook:

“Health is integral to a happy and productive life – when a family member or friend is sick or injured, we are reminded that nothing is more important than our health. “A McGowan Labor Government will work towards preventing many chronic health conditions before they arise by implementing the Let’s Prevent Program, and by establishing more active open spaces in our outer suburbs so people can exercise and recreate close to home.”

Comment from Andrew Wagstaff (CEO Diabetes WA)

“At least 2 million Australians have pre-diabetes and are at high risk of developing type 2 diabetes. “Strong evidence shows that this condition can be prevented in up to 58% of cases in the high risk population. “Our Lets Prevent Program can play a huge role in bringing this number down”