Diabetes inquiry to visit the Northern Territory

THE Standing Committee on Health, Aged Care and Sport will hold three public hearings this week across Alice Springs and Darwin as part of its inquiry into diabetes.

Chair of the Committee, Mike Freelander MP said, "As part of this broad inquiry, we are looking at all forms of diabetes including type 1, type 2, gestational diabetes, and other rarer forms such as cystic fibrosis-related diabetes."

This week the committee will hear from a range of stakeholders including:

  • Aboriginal health services and peak bodies.
  • Doctors and other health professionals from Alice Springs Hospital and Royal Darwin Hospital.
  • The Menzies School of Health Research.

"The committee looks forward to speaking with these stakeholders to better understand diabetes prevention, diagnosis and management in regional and remote locations," Dr Freelander said.

Deputy Chair of the Committee, Melissa McIntosh MP, said, "The committee will also hear from individuals with lived experience of diabetes. We anticipate that this will offer a better understanding of the daily realities of living with diabetes in the Northern Territory, including interactions with the healthcare system."

The committee intends to hold further public hearings throughout March 2024. Details and dates for further public hearings will be available on the Committee’s website as they are announced.

Public hearing

Date: Wednesday, 6 March 2024Time: 8.45am – 4.45pm ACST (Alice Springs time)Location: Ballroom C, DoubleTree by Hilton, 82 Barrett Drive, Alice Springs.

Date: Thursday, 7 March 2024Time: 8.45am – 5.30pm ACST (Darwin time)Location: Dining Room, Parliament House, 15 Mitchell Street, Darwin City.

Date: Friday, 8 March 2024Time: 8.30am – 10.30am ACST (Darwin time)Location: Dining Room, Parliament House, 15 Mitchell Street, Darwin City.

Programs for the public hearings are available on the inquiry website. A live audio stream of the hearings will also be available on the APH website.



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