Parliament

Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | Video | Questions Of the Day | Search

 

National Diabetes Research Strategy Launched

Health Minister Annette King has welcomed the formation of a new research strategy into diabetes.

The Ministry of Health and the Health Research Council have signed a joint venture agreement, and have each committed $250,000 for the next three years to the National Diabetes Research Strategy.

The strategy will be for clinical or community-based diabetes research, as decided by a steering committee made of up representatives from the Ministry, the HRC, diabetes researchers, clinicians, Maori and Pacific communities, and consumer groups. That committee is expected to convene for the first time at the end of July, with the first of the projects launched by early next year.

One key area the strategy will cover is gaining evidence in a New Zealand community setting for primary prevention and screening for type-two diabetes, particularly in the high-risk Maori and Pacific populations. Up to three sentinel sites will be set up around the country, to provide New Zealand-specific evidence for primary prevention and screening, as well as treatment.

Mrs King said diabetes was a condition that was increasing globally, and indications were the prevalence of diabetes would increase significantly in the next 10 years.

Diabetes causes more than 1500 deaths each year in New Zealand, and diabetes complications, including heart disease, blindness, kidney failure and lower limb amputations, are major contributors to the burden of disease and disability.

"Type-two diabetes is a largely preventable disease for which obesity and lack of physical activity are major risk factors," she said.

"Anything that comes out of these projects that can reduce the incidence of diabetes will be welcome. And the focus on Maori and Pacific people reinforces the Government's commitment to reducing inequalities and achieving better health status for all New Zealanders."

Primary prevention of type-two diabetes was identified as a key priority in the Government's Diabetes 2000 plan, which noted that long-term community-based projects, targeting high-risk groups, would be the most effective tool in fighting diabetes.

Ends

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines


Gordon Campbell: On Australia's Superior Ways Of Communicating About Its Vaccine Rollout

It isn’t only on the cricket field that Australia performs better. The clarity and degree of detail in Australia’s published schedule of the priorities for its vaccine rollout has been very impressive. Here for instance, is their initial “1a” top priority category: Quarantine and border workers, including: staff at entry points to the country (such as sea ports and land borders)... More>>


 

Joint Press Release: Dirty PR Exposed In Whale Oil Defamation Trial

Three public health advocates are relieved that their long-standing Whale Oil defamation trial against Cameron Slater, Carrick Graham, Katherine Rich and the Food and Grocery Council has finally concluded and they are pleased that the truth has come out... More>>

ALSO:


Government: Next Stage Of COVID-19 Support For Business And Workers

The Government has confirmed details of COVID-19 support for business and workers following the increased alert levels due to a resurgence of the virus over the weekend... More>>

ALSO:




Government: PHARMAC Review Announced

The Government is following through on an election promise to conduct an independent review into PHARMAC, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Health Minister Andrew Little announced today... More>>

ALSO:



Government: Balanced Economic Approach Reflected In Crown Accounts

New Zealand’s economic recovery has again been reflected in the Government’s books, which are in better shape than expected.
The Crown accounts for the seven months to the end of January 2021 were better than forecast in the Half Year Economic and Fiscal Update (HYEFU)... More>>


Covid-19: Auckland Back To Alert Level Three After One New Community Case Revealed

Auckland will move to alert level three for a week at 6am tomorrow morning after two new Covid-19 community cases announced this evening could not be directly linked to earlier cases, the Prime Minister has confirmed.
The rest of the country will move to level two.... More>>

NZ Initiative: New Report Highlights How Our Housing Crisis Could Worsen If We Don’t Act Now

If New Zealand politicians thought the housing crisis in 2020 was bad, the worst is yet to come, warns a new report by The New Zealand Initiative. In The Need to Build: The demographic drivers of housing demand , Research Assistant Leonard Hong ... More>>

Parliament: Kiwi MPs Among The “Most Educated In The World”

New analysis of MP qualifications reveals New Zealand’s Parliament is one of the most educated and highest qualified in the world, and significantly more educated than Australia’s. The research, by Mark Blackham of BlacklandPR and Geoffrey Miller ... More>>

 
 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

InfoPages News Channels