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National Diabetes Week 2019

National Diabetes Week (NDW) runs from 14 July until 20 July. It’s a great opportunity to raise awareness of diabetes in the community. With 6.1% of the South Australian community diagnosed with diabetes there is a real need to not only communicate to the broader community information about what diabetes is, the different types and management involved, but raise awareness of the importance of early detection and prevention of (type 2) diabetes.

The key messages for this year’s campaign include:

  • Knowing that diabetes self-management can be complex and the importance of understanding what checks are recommended, when and why.
  • Improving communication between health professionals and people living with diabetes to be engaging and supportive.
  • Understanding that knowledge can empower people living with diabetes to be confident in their choices and support.
  • Raising awareness of a person’s risk of developing type 2 diabetes through promotion of the Australian Type 2 Diabetes Risk Assessment (AUSDRISK) Tool.

A prescription for your health and wellbeing

A plan or prescription for health for a person with diabetes includes healthy eating, physical activity, maintaining a healthy weight, managing your medications, reducing stress and having regular check-ups with your doctor. The diabetes annual cycle of care is a list of the health checks for the review of your diabetes (it’s the minimum level of care for a person with diabetes).

Completing an annual cycle of care and maintaining your own plan can help prevent or delay the onset of complications, and help you lead a healthier life.

A recent report (Burden of Diabetes in Australia: It’s Time for More Action July 2018) noted that there were ‘significant deficiencies in important routine checks for many people with diabetes’.

To address this and help our members work through the vast amount of information available we have updated our resource ‘Goals of Diabetes Management’.

This booklet incorporates the annual cycle of care. It is a guide to help you understand the checks that are required, what the numbers mean for you, how often you need your checks, and why they are important in preventing diabetes related complications. The booklet has some great information about diabetes management for health and wellbeing, setting goals to help you think about options you have for making changes, and an area to record your own health results. There is also a section on tips to help you get the most out of your GP appointment! You can download a copy from our website or call us for the booklet to be posted to you.

Burden of Diabetes in Australia: It’s Time for More Action July 2018


This year for National Diabetes Week we have invited three experts to share their knowledge at our annual NDW seminar and we will be distributing campaign packs to GP practices, pharmacies, and hospitals.

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Media Contact

Diabetes SA has a number of media spokespeople who can assist you with information about diabetes, healthy lifestyle, diabetes management and other topics of interest for people with diabetes.

Please direct all enquiries to:

Marketing & Communications

Phone 1300 198 204