Media Releases and Media Coverage

Below are a list of past and present Media Releases. These releases have been released through Diabetes Tasmania or Diabetes Australia.

There are also some links to related media stories that have appeared in print/television/radio

If you would like more information on any releases please contact Ange Headlam, Fundraising | Marketing Coordinator.     

Tasmanian Schools Triathlon Challenge Launch - Media Release - 3 December 2019

World Diabetes Day 2019 - Media Release - 13 November 2019

Tasmanian Schools Triathlon Challenge Launch - Media Release - 19 November 2018

Launch of the Tasmanian Parliamentary Friends of Diabetes and the Well Fed Tasmania Van - 24 August 2018

Take Diabetes 2 Heart - Media Release - 21 June 2018

Psychological barriers to insulin therapy may delay timely treatment

30 March 2017

New research shows that one in four Australians with type 2 diabetes is not willing to use insulin despite their doctor’s recommendation, with this group reporting more concerns or fears about the insulin therapy.

Diabetes Tasmania PolliePedal'17

9 March 2017

In a speech to the Tasmanian Parliament, Diabetes Australia Ambassador and Minister for Resources and Minister for Building and Construction Guy Barnett who cycled in Pollie Pedal said, "The 2017 Diabetes Tasmania Pollie Pedal was a resounding success with over $43,000 raised to support those with diabetes! A truly fantastic result.

I take this opportunity to thank you personally for joining me on what was a challenging, but nonetheless fantastic ride.

The Diabetes Tasmania Pollie Pedal is designed to make a difference and it has. With your help, we have assisted thousands of Tasmanians and with this strong support we will continue doing so."

Governor joining the PolliePedal '17 team

7 February 2017

The Hon Guy Barnett MP, The Hon Vanessa Goodwin MLC and Madeline Ogilvie MP will join the Diabetes Tasmania team today officially launch the 12th annual PolliePedal.  

Diabetes Tasmania’s flagship fundraising event PolliePedal’17, is continuing to build momentum, with Her Excellency Professor the Honourable Kate Warner, AM, Governor of Tasmania and Mr Warner saddling up alongside Tasmanian politicians for this year’s event.

A team of 16 dedicated cyclists, including four state politicians, are geared up and set to spread awareness and educational messages about diabetes throughout their ride. This year, participants will be focusing on how Tasmanian’s can empower themselves to achieve better health outcomes.

Update on the Continuous Glucose Monitoring Program

1 March 2017

The Coalition’s 2016 Election commitment of $54m over four years to provide Continuous Glucose Monitoring through the National Diabetes Services Scheme (NDSS) to children and young people with type 1 diabetes was warmly welcomed by Diabetes Australia.

This was something we advocated for on behalf of Australia’s diabetes community.

Since then, Diabetes Australia has been working constructively with the Federal Government and the Department of Health to ensure the initiative is implemented successfully.

Back to school – do we have a safe and fair playground for kids with type 1 diabetes?

31 January 2017

A lack of a clear, consistent national approach to supporting children with diabetes at school means the parents of more than 11,300 Australian students with diabetes are enduring an anxious start to the school year.

If not treated appropriately type 1 diabetes can pose immediate life-threatening health risks and must be considered with the same seriousness as acute asthma attacks and anaphylaxis.

Diabetes Australia CEO A/Professor Greg Johnson said the organisation was calling for a nationally consistent program and a more systematic approach to supporting children with diabetes at school and in child care.

New Guidelines for GPs to help them manage the type 2 diabetes epidemic

23 September 2016

GPs are now better prepared to manage the enormous increase of type 2 diabetes in Australia after the release of the latest edition of the new “General practice management of type 2 diabetes 2016-2018” handbook.

The Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP), in conjunction with Diabetes Australia, have launched their revised guidelines designed to support GPs and help them to diagnose and manage diabetes more effectively.

“Type 2 diabetes is a rapidly growing national problem and GPs are in the best position to respond and help manage this alarming epidemic,” RACGP president Dr Frank R Jones said.

You will find a link to the new handbook within the above media release.

Diabetes is a top election issue


Diabetes Australia is pleased that diabetes is a key health issue being discussed during the 2016 Federal Election campaign. This is essential because around 1.5 million Australia families are affected by diabetes and the epidemic continues to grow.

Diabetes Australia welcomes Coalition's $54 million diabetes commitment - 15 May 2016

YourSAY Glucose Monitoring Survey Results - National - April 2016

World Health Day 2016 - Diabetes Milestone Grim - The Examiner

World Health Day 2016 - Prevention Program Funding - The Advocate

World Health Day 2016 - Radio Interview - Ultra 106.5

World Health Day 2016

Pollie Pedal 2016 - A grand success

Schools Triathlon Challenge 2015

Recognition after living with diabetes for 60 years - The Examiner Video

Living Well with Diabetes - Hobart 

Walk to Work Day - Launceston 2015

World Sight Day 2015

Diabetes Map - Tasmania 2015

Pollie Pedal 2015