18 November 2020

Dr MARJORIE O'NEILL (Coogee) — Saturday 14 November was World Diabetes Day, and is the world's largest diabetes awareness campaign, reaching a global audience of over a billion people across the world. The campaign aims to give light to the escalating health threat posed by diabetes, a health issue that affects 1 in 10 people across the world, and further aims to keep diabetes firmly in the public and political spotlight. Each year, World Diabetes Day has a theme, and this year the theme is 'The Nurse and Diabetes.' This campaign aims to increase public awareness for the invaluable role that nurses play in supporting people living with diabetes, and I could not think of a more fitting group of people to recognise this year. As the number of diabetes cases around the world increases each year, it is increasingly important that health workers across the world are equipped with the skills and the tools to manage the impact of diabetes. This World Diabetes Day, I would like to acknowledge everyone who is living with diabetes, the further acknowledge the efforts of all of those who support them, from family and friends, to hard-working health care workers.