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100 Years of Insulin

Hansard ID: HANSARD-1323879322-125120

Hansard session: Fifty-Seventh Parliament, First Session (57-1)

100 Years of Insulin

Mr MARK COURE (OatleyMinister for Multiculturalism, and Minister for Seniors)

——Speaker, I rise to acknowledge that last year marked the centenary since the discovery of insulin, a medical breakthrough that has saved millions of lives and remains the central treatment for diabetes. More than 450,000 people in NSW currently live with diabetes. This includes 43,000 people who need insulin to live with an additional 6,000 requiring insulin each and every year to maintain their health and wellbeing. The NSW Government has already addressed diabetes as a state-wide priority, launching multiple programs that raise awareness whilst also addressing the underlying health and medical issues. These programs include the Leading Better Value Care initiative that is improving the overall care, patient experience and outcomes for those living with diabetes. I want to thank Diabetes NSW & ACT and the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation for their role in raising this important issue within local communities. There is always more work to be done and I will continue to promote the need for further medical innovations and person centred care programs that will improve the lives of those living with diabetes.