Public hearings for the inquiry into diabetes continue

Issue date: Thursday, 15 February 2024

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The Health, Aged Care and Sport Committee will hold a public hearing at Parliament House in Canberra for its ongoing inquiry into diabetes this Friday, 16 February 2024.

This hearing will provide an opportunity for the Committee to explore the role of private healthcare, urban planning and development, and the food and grocery industries in diabetes prevention and management. The Committee will also hear from diabetes representative bodies and medical researchers.

The Chair of the Committee, Dr Mike Freelander MP, said: ‘Throughout the inquiry, the Committee has heard about the need to improve the way we prevent and manage diabetes in Australia. This public hearing will explore the cost of diabetes treatments, and ways to improve public awareness of diabetes, obesity and their complications.’

The Deputy Chair of the Committee, Mrs Melissa McIntosh MP, said: ‘The growing impact of diabetes in Australia, including the growing prevalence of the autoimmune disease Type 1 diabetes, means that we must respond to this challenge with forward-thinking policies to deliver better outcomes for diabetes diagnosis, treatment, and management. The Committee looks forward to hearing on Type 1 diabetes healthcare from the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation Australia and the Australian Diabetes Society, plus a suite of other organisations at our public hearing.’

The Committee intends to hold further public hearings in March 2024. Details and dates for further public hearings will be available on the Committee’s website as they are announced.

Public hearing

Date: Friday, 16 February 2024
Time: 8.45am – 4.45pm AEDT (Canberra time)
Location: Committee Room 1R3, Parliament House, Canberra

A program for public hearing is available on the inquiry website. A live audio stream of the hearings will also be available on the APH website.

Media inquiries

Dr Mike Freelander MP – Committee Chair
(02) 4620 0293

Mrs Melissa McIntosh MP – Committee Deputy Chair
(02) 4722 0600

For background information

Committee Secretariat
02 6277 4145

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