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SA has nation's highest diabetes rate


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South Australia has the highest prevalence of diabetes of all Australian states and territories, while the ACT has the lowest rate of the disease.

New data released by Diabetes Australia shows that as of June 30, 2015, more than 1.17 million Australians were registered as having diabetes – making up 4.9 per cent of the population.

A newly launched interactive map also reveals the prevalence of diabetes at a state level as well as at each postcode, with South Australia having the highest rate – 5.8 per cent of the state.

The ACT recorded 4.0 per cent, the lowest prevalence in Australia, while NSW had the greatest overall number of diabetes cases, with 391,745 people – 5.2 per cent of the state – registered as having the disease.

The Northern Territory had the highest proportion of type 2 diabetes sufferers (91.9 per cent of all cases), as well as the second-highest overall rate of prevalence (5.6 per cent).

About 280 new cases of diabetes are registered each day, with about 100,000 people diagnosed with the disease in 2014 alone, the figures show.

The new map also reveals hot spots with the highest number of diabetes cases in each state, including northwest Melbourne in Victoria, Adelaide in SA, Brisbane South in Queensland, and the Hunter, New England and Central Coast in NSW.

Ahead of an annual diabetes conference in Adelaide on Wednesday, Diabetes Australia chief executive Professor Greg Johnson said the Australian Diabetes Map highlighted the huge impact of disease on the nation.

“It makes the enormity of the diabetes epidemic very clear, including its big impact on regional and remote communities, on poorer communities and on disadvantaged Australians,” Professor Johnson said.


SA – 5.8 per cent (98,475 people)

NT – 5.6 per cent (13,382)

TAS – 5.3 per cent (27,261)

NSW – 5.2 per cent (391,745)

VIC – 5.0 per cent (294,234)

WA – 4.4 per cent (117,025)

QLD – 4.5 per cent (217,583)

ACT – 4.0 per cent (16,024)


NT – 91.9 per cent

SA – 88.7 per cent

WA – 87.4 per cent

VIC – 87 per cent

QLD – 86.6 per cent

TAS – 86.1 per cent

NSW – 85.8 per cent

ACT – 84.0 per cent


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