Diabetes is the fastest growing chronic disease in Australia and Asia Pacific region as detailed in a recent international media interview with Associate Professor Usman Malabu on one of his publications:
There are approximately 250,000 people in Queensland diagnosed with diabetes. There are currently about 60 people newly diagnosed with type 2 diabetes each day, which is almost 19,000 new cases in Queensland each year. By 2031, there will be up to 700,000 people with type 2 diabetes, and 160 new cases diagnosed each day- that's one person diagnosed every nine minutes.
Australia has one of the highest rates of type 1 diabetes in the world and its incidence is increasing. It affects 10 to 15 per cent of people with diabetes and there are currently over 120,000 Australians living with type 1 diabetes. There are approximately 1,825 Australians diagnosed with type 1 diabetes every year.
In Last year, Translational Research on Endocrinology and Diabetes (TREAD) received over $300,000.00 from the Queensland Government and Australian Diabetes Society for research aimed at combating diabetic limb amputation as the region is judged to be having the highest rate of amputation in Queensland. The endocrine advanced trainees will not only be engaged with clinical practice but also able to build their career in research and academics in the department.