Study populations

Australia, in 2016, had an estimated population of 24.1m with some 15% (3.6m) over the age of 65 years. By 2050, the proportion of older people will increase 36% to 32.9m with a marked demographic shift toward population ageing. Those aged 65 years or older will comprise 22.5% (7.4m) of the total population.

Alongside the ageing population, diabetes prevalence is increasing – with the most recent statistics reporting ~1.1m people living with the condition. Of note is that in 2015 Australia had the highest spending per person with diabetes in the region at $7,652 to $14,498 USD, compared with the Western Pacific average between $693 to $1,246 USD.

Report & Infographic

Time of presentation for screening with an ophthamologist

(Ophthamologists n=48)

  • In time for screening
  • When visual problems have already occurred
  • Too late for effective treatment

Availability of DR patient education materials in health care providers’ offices

(All providers n=109)

  • Sufficient information available
  • Information not sufficient
  • No written information available
  • Don’t know

Complications adults with diabetes were most concerned about

(Adults with diabetes n=50)

  • Vision loss
  • Kidney disease
  • Cardiovascular disease/stroke
  • Amputation

Frequency of discussions about eye complications with health care providers

(Adults with diabetes n=48)

  • Every visit
  • Multiple times per year
  • Once a year
  • When symptoms arise
  • Never
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