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About Diabetes Australia-Queensland

Diabetes Australia-Queensland, a not-for-profit organisation, is the peak body for people with diabetes in Queensland. It has a mission-to improve the lives of people living with the disease,provide them and their families with up-to-date information and to find a cure. For over 40 years, the organisation has worked to turn diabetes around in Queensland. This purpose drives everything it does - from developing awareness and prevention programs to detection and management strategies to the ultimate goal-finding a cure. Diabetes Australia-Queensland has a range of programs that provide ongoing education, support and advice to health professionals, government, researchers, valued members, National Diabetes Services Scheme registrants and the broader community. Our organisation is committed to delivering a range of initiatives and programs to raise community awareness about the seriousness of diabetes and to help prevent the incidence of type 2 diabetes. There are also detection campaigns to ensure diabetes is diagnosed early along with management programs to support people who have all types of diabetes. Turning diabetes around is not something we can do alone -we work hand-in-hand with government, other health organisations, media and community groups to support them to educate, advise and develop programs that improve the health of people living with, or at risk, of diabetes. Diabetes is at epidemic proportions -the impact of this disease and its related complications are like a tsunami flooding our health system and the economic effects on the workforce from lost productivity. Our programs are designed to stem this tide and assist people to make better lifestyle choices through education and prevention, and in partnership with government in molding the health agenda. Diabetes Australia - Queensland took over 120,000 calls last year from people seeking information and support. There are eight EXPOsing events (2,000 people attended) held throughout Queensland last year from the Gold Coast to Brisbane and Cairns to Mt Isa. This program is designed to empower people through education and support and through tailored educational programs for local health professionals. It continues to be rolled out in 2010. In 2009, Diabetes Australia-Queensland raised over $160,000 to help in our mission to turn diabetes around.

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With type 1 diabetes, the pancreas does not produce insulin because the cells which make insulin have been destroyed by the immune system. People with type 1 diabetes require insulin injections to control their blood glucose levels. Type 1 diabetes affects approximately 10-15% of all people with diabetes. Five people a day are diagnosed with type 1 diabetes in Queensland everyday Type 2 diabetes affects 85-90% of all people with diabetes. While it usually affects mature adults, younger people, even children, are getting type 2 diabetes. Type 2 diabetes is a lifestyle disease and is strongly associated with high blood pressure, high cholesterol and extra weight a round the waist. Over 50 people are diagnosed with type 2 diabetes in Queensland everyday. By 2031, Queensland will need three hospitals the size of the PA to care for people with diabetes Gratitude Diabetes Australia-Queensland is grateful to everyone who chooses to support us by using the Ritchie's Community Card. Your donation will help Diabetes Australia-Queensland to continue to support, educate and raise awareness of diabetes.

Their CB number is 99309.