In collaboration with Diabetes Australia, the RACGP has launched the updated Management of type 2 diabetes: A handbook for general practice (Diabetes Handbook).
Based on the most up-to-date data, an estimated 1.2 million Australians (4.9% of the total population) had diabetes in 2017–18. This estimate includes people with type 1 and 2 diabetes, and type unknown, but excludes gestational diabetes.
An estimated 2.3% ($2.7 billion) of total disease expenditure in the Australian health system was attributed to diabetes in 2015–16.
Dr Gary Deed, Chair of the RACGP Specific Interests Diabetes network and clinical editor of the Diabetes Handbook, says the updated resource is an important primary care tool.
It provides GPs and other health professionals with the latest information on diabetes issues and due to the ever-changing nature of the condition, regular updates are necessary.
In addition to updated recommendations, the handbook features a number of completely new topics, including: