Interactive map reveals community impact of diabetes

Public health

31 Aug 2015

The latest version of the geospatial Australian Diabetes Map gives an up-to-date picture of diabetes prevalence across all states and territories and for the first time drills down to primary health networks.

Launched by Diabetes Australia at the ADS-ADEA conference here in Adelaide the latest data shows there are 1,176,179 million Australians with diabetes, with around 280 new cases recorded each day.

Diabetes Australia CEO Professor Greg Johnson said the Map clearly highlighted the massive impact of diabetes on every community across Australia.

“The new map makes the enormity of the diabetes epidemic very clear including its big impact on regional and remote communities, on poorer communities, and on disadvantaged Australians,” Professor Johnson said.

“This geospatial Australian Diabetes Map is a powerful tool to help us understand where the biggest burden of diabetes is being felt.”

“It will assist primary health networks, planners and policy makers to better target diabetes care and prevention services to help all people with diabetes to live healthy and productive lives, to self-monitor and manage their diabetes, and to prevent the serious complications and downstream hospital costs.”

The new map reveals the primary health networks with the highest number of people with all types of diabetes in each state are:

Victoria – North West Melbourne – 77,839 people with all types of diabetes
New South Wales – Hunter/New England and Central Coast – 69,301 people with all types of diabetes
South Australia – Adelaide – 66,673 people with all types of diabetes
Queensland – Brisbane South – 47,741 people with all types of diabetes
Western Australia – Perth South – 46,420 people with all types of diabetes

You can view the Map here

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