Diabetes prevention

Project Officer: Liam Shanahan         Phone: 02 9799 0933

For people at risk of diabetes and other chronic diseases, the first, and most common point of access to the health system is through primary care. To this end, we offer and recommend a range of programs and support services to ensure your patients at risk of diabetes are receiving the best possible care.

Programs to support patients at high risk of diabetes
  • Get Healthy Service - This is a free, confidential telephone-based service which helps people to make lifestyle changes including healthy eating, being physically active and achieving and maintaining a healthy weight.
  • GP Exercise Referral Scheme - This program is designed for people with or at risk of chronic disease to improve confidence with lifestyle change and increasing physical activity levels.
  • ComDiab - this is a free community group education program for people who have, or are at risk of, type 2 diabetes. Participants will learn about type 2 diabetes and what they can do to improve their health and live well.
  • Go4Fun - This is a free healthy living program for children aged 7 - 13 who are above a healthy weight.
  • Heart Foundation Walking Groups - This program aims to make regular physical activity enjoyable and easy, especially for people who are not used to being active.
Practice Support

We can assist your practice in setting up programs and resources to help prevent people from developing type 2 diabetes.

Click here to visit the practice support section.

Checking diabetes risk (AUSDRISK tool)

The AUSDRISK tool is a short list of questions to help both health professionals and consumers assess the risk of developing type 2 diabetes over the next five years. Adults with a total score of 12 or more are defined as being at high risk of developing type 2 diabetes.

For further information on the tool, and to order copies, click here.

We have translated this tool into a range of languages, including

We have also developed templates for Best Practice and Medical Director. Please see the practice support section above for assistance with loading templates into your clinical software.

Health assessments for diabetes risk

Patients aged 40 - 49 years, or 15 - 54 years for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, who score 12 or more on the AUSDRISK tool are eligible for a health assessment for type 2 diabetes risk evaluation. This assessment is completed using MBS Items 701, 703, 705 or 707 (or 715 for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people). Click here for more information, or here for more information on 715 health assessments.

HbA1c for diabetes diagnosis
  • In 2015, Medicare accepted the use of HbA1c for a diagnosis of diabetes.
  • An HbA1c value of 48mmol/mol (6.5%) or more indicates a positive result, suggesting the diagnosis of diabetes.
  • HbA1c assessment should be considered in asymptomatic patients who are at high risk of developing type 2 diabetes (as defined by their AUSDRISK score).
  • The relevant MBS item number is 66841, which can only be reimbursed once during a 12-month period.
  • See the MBS item description, and the Australian Diabetes Society position statement.