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Increase in Diabetic Related Hospital Admissions

The rate of people admitted into hospitals with diabetic related issues is increasing according to a new report by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare.//

The author of the report, Kathleen O'Brien, says that the study shows that between 2000 and 2004, hospital admissions for diabetes increased by 20 per cent.

She said, "We do know that more and more people are being diagnosed with diabetes, it is increasing in the community and so this is in line with that result."

The report also revealed that the rates of hospitalization for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are over seven times that of other Australians.

Ms O'Brien attributes these results partly to the fact that hospital admission rates are higher for those from more remote locations.

She said, "That is certainly one factor that may be at play in explaining these patterns and we do know that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people do have a higher prevalence of diabetes.".

Ms O'Brien also states that the study which was released today shows a link between higher rates of hospital admissions for diabetes as well as increasing socioeconomic disadvantage and remoteness.


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