State gov takes aim at diabetes
THE Queensland Government hopes a $27.2 million budget commitment will be the shot in the arm our region needs to eradicate type 2 diabetes.
About 5.69% - or 5364 - of Bundaberg's 94,283 residents have the largely preventable ailment.
Revealing the pre-budget announcement exclusively, Health Minister Cameron Dick said a community-based program targeting 10,000 Queenslanders at high risk of diabetes, cardiovascular disease, obesity and some cancers would roll out over four years.
The Health for Life! funding includes telephone support, group workshops and a web-based program.
The program will work with local health service providers and will ensure chronic care staff are available across the state.
Mr Dick said indigenous residents, who carried a much higher burden of chronic disease , would be a key focus of the program.
"Diabetes is one of the few conditions in Queensland for which death rates and prevalence are increasing," Mr Dick said.