Inquiry to hear from diabetes advocates and people with lived experience

Issue date: Monday, 19 June 2023

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A parliamentary committee inquiry will hear from Diabetes Australia, the Australian Diabetes Society and the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) at a public hearing on Tuesday 20 June 2023. The hearing will be held at Parliament House as part of the Health Committee’s inquiry into diabetes in Australia.

The Chair of the Committee, Dr Mike Freelander MP, said: ‘The Hearing will be an opportunity for the Committee to hear from major peak bodies which each play a critical role in improving diabetes prevention, treatment and care, advocating for policies and funding around diabetes, and supporting Australians living with diabetes.’

‘The Committee looks forward to hearing evidence from these organisations, including about new advances in the prevention, diagnosis and management of diabetes that may be emerging either in Australia or internationally’ stated Dr Freelander.  

The Deputy Chair of the Committee, Mrs Melissa McIntosh MP, said: ‘The Committee will also hear from a 15-year-old girl in my community living with type 1 diabetes and her mother, about their personal experiences with this health condition that affects more than 130,000 Australians.’

‘Since my athletic and healthy 20-year-old son was recently diagnosed with type 1 diabetes after having COVID-19, I am learning firsthand about the significant impacts that type 1 diabetes can have on people’s lives’, Mrs McIntosh said.

The Committee intends to hold more public hearings in due course. Interested parties are encouraged to make a submission to this inquiry by 31 August 2023.

Further information about the Committee’s inquiry, including the full terms of reference and details on how to lodge a submission are available at the Committee’s website.

Hearing details

Tuesday, 20 June 2023 – 12:00 pm to 2:00 pm AEST – Committee Room 1R3, Parliament House Canberra

The hearing will be live broadcast via the Parliament’s Watch, Read, Listen website.

Media inquiries

Dr Mike Freelander MP
Chair of the House of Representatives Standing Committee on Health, Aged Care and Sport
(02) 4620 0293

Mrs Melissa McIntosh MP
Deputy Chair of the House of Representatives Standing Committee on Health, Aged Care and Sport
(02) 4722 0600

For background information

Committee Secretariat
02 6277 4145

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