WELCOME MESSAGE FROM THE PRIME MINISTER OF AUSTRALIA
I welcome delegates attending the 2013 World Diabetes Congress.
I thank for your dedication to helping people with diabetes and for striving in the search for a cure. Your work is vital to millions of people around the world.
Around one million Australians have been diagnosed with diabetes and a further 280 people are diagnosed every day.
The Australian Government has committed $35 million to help find a cure for Type 1 Diabetes, which affects 20,000 Australian children. Type 1 Diabetes is one of the most common chronic diseases in children and most newly diagnosed cases are in people less than 15 years old.
The Government also has plans to support the development of a new National Diabetes Strategy. This will inform how existing health resources can be better coordinated to address one of the most serious health challenges facing our country.
I thank Diabetes Australia and the International Diabetes Federation for organising the 2013 Congress.
It is a unique opportunity that brings together health care professionals, researchers, policy makers, people with diabetes, their families and their carers.
I send my best wishes to World Diabetes Congress and I wish you every success.
The Hon Tony Abbott MP
Prime Minister of Australia
WELCOME MESSAGE FROM THE GOVERNOR-GENERAL OF THE COMMONWEALTH OF AUSTRALIA
WELCOME MESSAGE FROM THE PREMIER OF VICTORIA
I am delighted to welcome you to Melbourne for the World Diabetes Congress and I am immensely proud to be able to support one of the world’s largest health-related events focused on such an important topic.
The increasing rates of diabetes in countries throughout the world pose significant challenges that are too complex for any person, organization, institution or government to tackle alone. Addressing diabetes needs a collaborative effort across many disciplines and sectors including health professionals, health agencies, scientists, individuals and carers.
Events such as this Congress present an enormous opportunity to come together and share the most recent evidence and best practice to support improvements in diabetes care, treatment and prevention. I am particularly pleased to see that this Congress will include a new stream on Diabetes in Indigenous Peoples.
Victoria is an ideal venue for the Congress, hosting many leading scientific research institutions and becoming increasingly recognised as a world biotechnology hub. I am proud that Melbourne researchers are making a major contribution to efforts globally to find a cure for type 1 diabetes. We also look forward to showcasing some of the activities supported by the Victorian government in diabetes prevention, in addition to learning what is happening in other countries and regions.
I would like to thank the International Diabetes Federation for holding the Congress in Melbourne, and also thank the Congress committees and staff for their commitment and dedication to successfully delivering the World Diabetes Congress. I would also like to acknowledge the important role played by Diabetes Australia in supporting the event.
It is with enthusiasm and encouragement that I welcome you to the Congress. I hope that your attendance supports you to deliver practical solutions to the serious problems associated with diabetes.
I hope your visit to Melbourne is enjoyable and I encourage you to take the time to explore our wonderful city, and Victoria more broadly.
The Hon Dr Denis Napthine MP
WELCOME MESSAGE FROM THE IDF PRESIDENT
The International Diabetes Federation is the global voice for people with diabetes and those at risk. Twenty years after the World Diabetes Congress in Japan, the Western Pacific Region is again in the global health spotlight and is why we have chosen Melbourne to host the World Diabetes Congress in 2013.
Today, more than a third of all people with diabetes are found in the Western Pacific Region. It is also the region that has the highest number of undiagnosed cases and the highest number of deaths attributable to diabetes.
In Australia, 8 per cent of the population is now living with diabetes. This is predicted to increase to 14 per cent over the next twenty years. Indigenous communities in Australia are also a major concern as the prevalence within this population is three to four times higher than the rest of the Australia.
Melbourne will provide a perfect backdrop to inspire global actions anf agreements to act on diabetes and help safeguard the health of future generations.
Melbourne's location also makes the congress easily accessible to delegates from China and India, the two countries with the highest numbers of people with diabetes in the world.
We cordially invite you to join the global diabetes community for the World Diabetes Congress in Melbourne on December 2-6 2013.
Join us in our mission to advance diabetes care, prevention and a cure worldwide.
Sir Michael Hirst
President, International Diabetes Federation 2013-2015