Australian National Diabetes Strategy 2016-2020

The Australian Government has developed a new National Diabetes Strategy, to update and prioritise the national response to diabetes across all levels of government.

Page last updated: 25 May 2016

The Australian National Diabetes Strategy 2016-2020 (the Strategy) is a high-level document that contains a number of goals and potential areas for action that provide a range of ideas for implementation to achieve each goal.

This presents a range of opportunities for jurisdictions to partner with the Commonwealth to develop and support approaches for diabetes prevention and control.

The Strategy was endorsed by the Australian Health Ministers Advisory Council (AHMAC) on 2 October 2015, noted by the COAG Health Council on 6 November 2015, and publically released 13 November 2015.

The National Diabetes Strategy seeks to prioritise Australia’s response to diabetes and its complications and comorbidities, and to reduce the impact of diabetes in the community. Specifically, it aims to evaluate current approaches to diabetes services and care; maximise the efficient use of existing, limited health care resources; better coordinate health care resources across all levels of government; and focus resources where they are needed most. It will not replace or override existing processes established by the Australian health system for assessing the safety, quality and cost-effectiveness of new medicines, devices, tests and procedures.

The National Diabetes Strategy has been informed by the expert advice of the National Diabetes Strategy Advisory Group (NDSAG) and feedback from public consultations.

An implementation plan is being developed by the Implementation working Group to consider ways to direct funding and other resources and propose measures to evaluate the progress of the Strategy. Engagement and support from jurisdictions will facilitate a coordinated approach to diabetes across governments and ensure there is broad benefit from the Strategy.

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