Western Sydney heavyweights unite to combat diabetes surge
The new Western Sydney Diabetes Prevention Alliance has tabled a roadmap to fight diabetes in Sydney’s west as the disease threatens to devastate community health and swamp the healthcare sector.
The alliance, formed today in a coordinated effort co-led by the Department of Premier and Cabinet and Western Sydney Local Health District (WSLHD), heard diabetes will be Australia’s largest burden of disease by 2017.
“The framework for action in the Taking the Heat out of our Diabetes Hotspot roadmap links weight loss with a reduced risk of developing type 2 diabetes,” Western Sydney Local Health District’s Professor Glen Maberly said.
“You can turn the clock back on diabetes by losing four kilos.
“We need to use the Western Sydney Diabetes Prevention Alliance to manage a co-ordinated response before the diabetes situation gets further out of control in western Sydney.”
The Taking the Heat Out of Our Diabetes Hotspot roadmap supported today’s crisis meeting, which brought together WSLHD, PHN, universities, Transport for NSW, NSW Department of Education, Western Sydney Regional Organisation of Councils, Diabetes NSW, Students as Lifestyle Activists, and the Premier’s Council for Active Living.