The results from our recent online polls

Sunday, 4 July 2021

Thank you for sharing your views to our recent online diabetes polls.

Our online polls are aimed at gathering information about the issues important to you.  The more we hear about what is important to you, the better position we’re in to direct our advocacy efforts.

Recent poll results

In a recent poll we asked you what action you would implement to better support people living with diabetes if you had control of the Government for a day. But could only choose one.

Access to diabetes technology

Overwhelmingly, the response 77%, was to increase affordable access to diabetes technology.  This is something that we are working hard to achieve.

There has been a lot of progress in recent years, but we know that more needs to be done. We will continue fighting to have affordable access for all people living with diabetes who will benefit from the technology.

The more we hear from you and your experiences in this area though, the stronger our voice will be.

Other items on the list

We know we made it hard for you by asking you to choose just one action but research came in second, reinforcing it is another area of priority for you. It is also an area important to us which is why we continue to fund groundbreaking research through the Diabetes Australia Research Program.

We know that there are many issues that are important to you, and we will continue to work hard to advocate hard on your behalf.  Please feel free to share your experiences though, as this makes our voice stronger and louder.

Diabetes and mental health

We also ran a series of polls on how diabetes impacts your mental health.  The results told us that about 38% of people withdrew until they were feeling stronger when they felt under pressure from managing their diabetes. While 23% soldiered on with things as normal.

Similarly, in a follow up, more than 30% of people said they became less vigilant about their diabetes management when their mental health was flagging.  This tells us that some people are not seeking help when they probably most need it.

This leads us to a few more questions when it comes to mental health.

  1. What stops you from seeking help when you feel your mental health is suffering,
  2. What is the gap in the system that would make reaching out for help easier and more appealing?

If you would like to contribute to this discussion, please email policy@diabetesnsw.com.au

Thanks as always for sharing your thoughts and opinions with us, together we are a strong voice advocating for the things that matter the most for our community.

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