Behavioural innovation is key to improving the health of one million Australians living with type 2 diabetes

Paul Zev Zimmet, Judi Moylan and Stephen Colagiuri
Med J Aust 2017; 206 (3): . || doi: 10.5694/mja16.01031
Published online: 20 February 2017

Few would disagree with Speight1 that greater attention to behavioural aspects of type 2 diabetes (T2D) is key to dealing with the current T2D epidemic in Australia and its serious complications.2 One of the greatest drivers of the current T2D epidemic is an unhealthy personal lifestyle behaviour. A key recommendation from the 2009 Preventative Health Task Force was to provide the community with a health enhancing environment,3 which was also emphasised in the National Diabetes Strategy (NDS) 2016–2020.4

  • 1 Monash University, Melbourne, VIC
  • 2 Baker IDI Heart and Diabetes Institute, Melbourne, VIC
  • 3 Diabetes Australia, Canberra, ACT
  • 4 Boden Institute of Obesity, Nutrition, Exercise and Eating Disorders, University of Sydney, Sydney, NSW


Competing interests:

Paul Zimmet and Judi Moylan co-chaired the NDSAG. Stephen Colagiuri was a member of the NDSAG.


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