Information will help people manage diabetes
The Federal Minister for Health and Ageing, Senator Kay Patterson, today announced that educational information is being sent to more than 500,000 people with diabetes about a new program designed to improve the care they receive.
17 July 2002
Information will help people manage diabetesThe Federal Minister for Health and Ageing, Senator Kay Patterson, today announced that educational information is being sent to more than 500,000 people with diabetes about a new program designed to improve the care they receive.
The Federal Government is providing $43.4m over the next four years to establish the new program known as the National Integrated Diabetes Program.
The information is to be sent out on 14 -21 July to coincide with National Diabetes Week.
"People with diabetes will be provided with information about the minimum regular check-ups and tests they should have and practical advice on what they can do to best manage their diabetes,'' Senator Patterson said.
"A handy pocket-sized card will be included to help people with diabetes remember this information and to remind their health care professionals they their patients have diabetes.
"I am committed to ensuring that people with diabetes have the best possible care and treatment and urge people with diabetes to visit their doctor for regular check-ups and lifestyle advice.''
The information will also encourage people with diabetes to ask first degree relatives aged 45 and over to talk to their doctor about being tested for diabetes.
Family history is a recognised risk factor for the condition.
"If diagnosed, diabetes can be effectively managed and the risk of health problems reduced," Senator Patterson said.
Media Contact: Randal Markey, Office of Senator Patterson, 0417 694520
Kate Thomas, Department of Health and Ageing, 62895485
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