Submission to the Parliamentary Inquiry into Diabetes
The George Institute for Global Health is pleased to provide a submission to the House of Representatives Inquiry into Diabetes.
The diabetes epidemic places a significant burden on the Australian health system and economy, with the rate of diabetes increasing almost 220% over the last two decades. To address this, we are calling on the Australian Government to implement 5 key measures:
- Commit to fully resourcing and implementing prevention policy, including:
- Funding the National Preventive Health Strategy 2021-2030 and National Obesity Strategy 2022-2032.
- Setting a timeframe and strategic plan for incorporating prevention into the Australian Centre for Disease Control.
- Mandate industry reformulation of salt, sugar, and saturated fats to improve the nutritional value of packaged foods.
- Revise the Terms of Reference for the Healthy Food Partnership to deliver mandatory food reformulation targets.
- Legislate a nationwide ban on industrial trans-fats in food.
- Introduce a levy on manufacturers of sugar-sweetened beverages (SSBs).
- Implement a levy to increase retail prices of SSBs by 20 per cent.
- Earmark revenue to support preventive health policies.
- Improve access to nutritional information for consumers.
- Mandate and improve the voluntary Health Star rating system to apply to all packaged food.
- Introduce added-sugar labelling in the nutrition information panels on packaged food and drinks.
- Introduce regulations to restrict unhealthy food marketing to children.
- Ensure television, radio and cinema are free from unhealthy food marketing from 6.00am to 9.30pm.
- Prevent children from being exposed to the marketing of unhealthy foods.
To read our full submission, please click here