Chemists join diabetes battle
PHARMACIES are doing their part to combat the increasing number of diabetes cases.
Seventy-eight pharmacies have joined the national scheme to provide subsidised products and ongoing support for people living with diabetes.
About 75% of Queensland pharmacies have been registered as National Diabetes Services Scheme pharmacies.
The NDSS helps people with diabetes effectively manage their condition through access to the latest resources and information, and diabetes products at a discounted rate.
The Sunshine Coast region has experienced a 27% increase in the incidence of all types of diabetes from 2007 to last year.
In Caloundra and Maroochydore, more than 8400 people live with diabetes.
Diabetes Queensland CEO Michelle Trute said the number of NDSS pharmacies had increased more than tenfold in the past four years - from 70 to 854, highlighting the increasing impact of diabetes on the state.
"Every day, 62 more Queenslanders are diagnosed with diabetes - two with type 1 diabetes and 60 with type 2 diabetes," Ms Trute said.
"In the next 20 years, prevalence rates are expected to double.
"While we've seen an increase in the incidence of diabetes, we've also seen an increase in avenues of support.
"Each and every registered pharmacy is making a difference to the daily lives of people with diabetes. We want every person with diabetes to succeed and celebrate a quality life - and we have nearly 900 NDSS access points as a means to achieve this.
"The NDSS pharmacies ensure people have speedy access to essentials to manage type 1, type 2 or gestational diabetes. Products at subsidised prices and timely, reliable information and services are all vital to avoid diabetes complications to eyes, heart, kidneys and limbs which often follow the condition.
"Diabetes Queensland is proud to have been a part of the increase of NDSS outlets across Queensland. This means people with diabetes have local access to the information they need."
The NDSS is a national scheme funded by the Australian Government to support people with diabetes. It is administered by Diabetes Australia, with Diabetes Queensland the agent in Queensland.
There are about one million people nationwide registered with the NDSS who have type 1, type 2 or gestational diabetes.
Registration is open to people with all types of diabetes, is free and lasts a lifetime.
Other pharmacies added to the NDSS register this year, bringing the total number across the state to 854, are based in Bundaberg, Capalaba, Childers, Mt Louisa, Nerang, North Rockhampton, Gold Coast, Taigum, Urangan and Woombye.
The NDSS has also created an online services directory to help people find health professionals and NDSS Access Points. The directory is available at osd.ndss.com.au.
Details on the location of NDSS pharmacies, and how to register, are available at diabetesqld.org.au or phone Diabetes Queensland on 1300 136 588.