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:
early-onset of type 2 diabetes – including referrals for children and young adults to an endocrinologist
mental health and type 2 diabetes – how to best support people experiencing psychological distress related to living with diabetes
management of type 2 diabetes in older people and residential aged care facilities – including the importance of developing individualised care plans
the use of technology in managing type 2 diabetes – including smart phone apps, wearable technology, insulin pumps and continuous glucose monitoring
diabetes management advice for people fasting during Ramadan.