Western Sydney is a diabetes hotspot with disease rates higher than the New South Wales (NSW) average. If this 'hotspot' is not addressed, within a decade it will cause an unsustainable economic and societal burden on the state's healthcare system. Western Sydney faces some daunting issues as the social determinants of health that promote healthy eating, active living and social inclusion are not working favourably to prevent diabetes and its progression.
The Western Sydney Diabetes (WSD) initiative has been established in response to the growing threat diabetes poses to our community's health and wellbeing. It calls for all levels of government, the private sector and non-government partners to work together. The WSD initiative recognises that diabetes is everybody's business and that partnerships between community health services, general practice, hospitals, specialist practices and allied health need to be improved so that people with diabetes or at risk of diabetes have access to more integrated and comprehensive diabetes services.
To learn more - check out the Western Sydney Diabetes Website : Western Sydney Diabetes Website