Parliament marks 100 years since discovery of insulin

Tuesday, 8 June 2021

The Federal Parliament’s diabetes support group has marked the 100-year anniversary of the discovery of insulin with a motion to recognise the impact it has made on Australians living with the condition.

Led by Rowan Ramsey, Member for Grey (SA), and co-chair of the Parliamentary Friends of Diabetes, the motion acknowledged the impact of insulin in the last 100 years, called for the House to recognise the seriousness and complexity of diabetes, and to acknowledge the Government’s long-standing commitment to the National Diabetes Services Scheme (NDSS).

The Bill was seconded by co-chair Graham Perrett, Member for Moreton in Qld, who drew attention to the work being done by the cross-party group the Parliamentary Friends of Diabetes, Diabetes Australia and the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.

The motion was supported by Dr David Gillespie, Member for Lyne, who congratulated the National Diabetes Services Scheme, Diabetes Australia, and its state-based organisations, for the invaluable support, help and practical knowledge they offer to people living with diabetes. “Thank God that we have Diabetes Australia and the National Diabetes Services Scheme,” he concluded.

Having experienced gestational diabetes Kate Thwaites, Member for Jagajaga, thanked the previous speakers and commended the work going into diagnosing and treating people with gestational diabetes, but noted there was more work to be done when it comes prevention and support. She also highlighted the strength of the community campaign to have continuous glucose monitoring technology included in the NDSS.

John Alexander, Member for Bennelong, further expanded on the topic of technology and called for commitment and leadership to “shift the standard of care from outdated technology to the new standard of care”.

Finally, Dr Katie Allen, Member for Higgins, spoke to the House and referred to her profession as a paediatrician to call out the life-changing impact of type 1 diabetes on children and recognise that medical research has provided hope and changed a diagnosis of type 1 diabetes from life-threatening to one that is life-supporting.

The debate was adjourned and will be resumed as an order of the day for the next sitting.

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