1 in 20 Australian adults have reported they have diabetes while 280 Australians develop diabetes every day. In 2012, 1 in 10 deaths in Australia recorded diabetes as an underlying or related cause of death. More people in South Western Sydney reported having diabetes or high blood sugar levels compared with people living in NSW. South Western Sydney also sees more diabetics going to hospital for their condition, compared with NSW.


What is Diabetes?

Diabetes is a chronic condition where the levels of glucose (sugar) in the blood are too high. Blood glucose levels are normally controlled by the hormone insulin, which is made by the pancreas. Diabetes occurs when there is a problem with the body’s production of the hormone insulin (type 1 diabetes) or how well the body can use insulin (type 2 diabetes).


What is SWSPHN doing about Diabetes?

In addition to improving the management of diabetes, a greater focus is required on the prevention of diabetes. This includes diabetes services and pathways for priority groups, such as the Aboriginal population, culturally and linguistically diverse populations, those with gestational diabetes and those with a mental health illness.

At SWSPHN we are committed to supporting the interests of the community of South Western Sydney and the government to improve the healthcare for those living with and treating diabetes.

Current projects include:

  • Professional education events for GP’s
  • Supporting community healthy forums
  • Helping GP’s identify and screen for diabetes
  • Support the implementation of diabetes services and pathways across South Western Sydney

Local Services and Programs

  1. Check your 5-year Diabetes risk using the AUSDRISK calculator
  2. Check out the Diabetes NSW Events Page for upcoming events
  3. Search the National Health Services Directory for doctors and services suitable for you
  4. Speak to your GP about local programs and groups in your area


Did you know? You may be able to access up to eight group Allied Health sessions with a GP referral


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