Tasmanian Parliamentary Diabetes Support Group

Guy Barnett MP, Madeleine Ogilvie MP and Greg Hall MLC, together with President of Diabetes Tasmania Robert Manning and CEO Caroline Wells officially launched the Tasmanian Parliamentary Diabetes support Group on 27th October 2014. 

All members of the Tasmanian Parliament were warmly invited to become members of the Tasmanian Parliamentary Diabetes Support Group (Tas PDSG). 

Special Guests at the launch included: The Hon Judi Moylan, President Diabetes Australia and Professor Paul Zimmet, AO, Director Emeritus, Baker IDI Co-Chairs Nationals Diabetes Strategy Advisory Group.

The key role of The PDSG is to:

  • Raise awareness of all types of diabetes and its impact among member of both houses of the Tasmanian Parliament.
  • Draw statewide awareness to the impact of that diabetes has for those affected, our communities and our economy.
  • Raise awareness of the risk factors for developing type 2 diabetes.
  • Promote healthy living for all Tasmanians.

Since the inception of the Tas PDSG we have held a 'Myth Busters' session at Parliament House, were all members and other politicians were invited to come along for a lunch time session on busting the myths of diabetes.  Speaker of the House of Assembly, the Hon Elise Archer, MP was one of the participants who joined us and commented on her Facebook page “While we had a few laughs with some of the educational games, they proved that there is more than ‘meats’ the eye when it comes to what’s healthy and what’s not! With around 27,000 Tasmanians diagnosed with diabetes and a further 10,000 undiagnosed with type-2 diabetes, it is important we learn about the causes, preventable or not”.  

A story on our Myth Busters session featured in the Parliamentarians for Diabetes Global Network, you can read it here.

We also keep all members of the Tas PDSG up to date on all upcoming events on a state and national level.