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Media release: 120,000 Australians affected: Greens MP urges action on diabetes

Greens MP Jamie Parker is calling on local residents to help make a positive difference for those living with type 1 diabetes by making a donation to the Australian Diabetes Council or purchasing Buzz Day merchandise during ‘Buzz Month’ in September.

Buzz Month raises funds to support those living with Type 1 Diabetes, a genetic disease affecting nearly 120,000 Australians.

Type 1 diabetes is usually diagnosed in children and represents 10-15% of all diabetes cases.[i] Australia ranks in the top ten countries for prevalence of type 1 diabetes, with an average of eight Australians diagnosed with type 1 diabetes every day.[ii]

Type 1 diabetes is an incurable disease, and those diagnosed require insulin injections for the rest of their lives to survive. By the age of 25, a young person with Type 1 diabetes will have undergone[iii]:

  • 60,000 finger pricks drawing blood
  • 30,000 insulin injections
  • 40 hospitalisations
  • 80 specialist visits

Greens MP Jamie Parker said:

“This is an important campaign that raises funds, awareness and understanding for the thousands of Australian children and adults who live with type 1 diabetes. 

“Buzz Month is a great opportunity for people to show support for the more than 7000 children and young Australians who have been diagnosed with the disease.

“Type 1 is autoimmune disease and must be managed with insulin injections daily and self finger prick blood glucose monitoring.

“We need to keep working towards a cure, but also support families living with the disease now. 

“I encourage everyone to support the Australian Diabetes Council to help them deliver essential services and programs to those with diabetes.

How to support Buzz Month:

Buzz Day merchandise is available online via and at Best & Less stores throughout NSW any time in September.

On Friday 20 September volunteers will be collecting donations at Sydney railway stations and ferry wharves, as well as other locations across regional New South Wales.

[i] Australian Diabetes Council data, 2013.

[ii] Australian Bureau of Statistics, 2013.

[iii] Australian Diabetes Council file.

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