Diabetes prevention

Project Officer: Svetlana Serafimov

Phone: 8752 4963


Type 2 diabetes is a major public health concern and the most effective way to tackle the epidemic is by prevention. There is strong evidence from randomised controlled trials that type 2 diabetes is preventable or can be delayed with lifestyle modification interventions that improve diet, increase physical activity and reduce body weight / waist circumference in people with a diagnosed risk of developing type 2 diabetes. 


The 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 on the AUSDRISK are defined as being at high risk of developing diabetes.

This tool was developed by the Baker IDI Heart and Diabetes Institute on behalf of the Australian, State and territory Governments as part of the COAG initiative to reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes. To obtain a hard copy of this tool, please email National Mailing and Marketing or phone (02) 6269 1080. For more infomation visit The Department of Health website.

document-pdf-textEnglish AUSDRISK tool

document-pdf-text Arabic AUSDRISK tool

document-pdf-text Chinese AUSDRISK tool

document-pdf-text Greek AUSDRISK tool

document-pdf-text Italian AUSDRISK tool

document-pdf-text Korean AUSDRISK tool

document-pdf-text Vietnamese AUSDRISK tool


document-pdf-text Implementing diabetes risk assessment


document-pdf-text AUSDRISK Tool template for Medical Director

document-pdf-text AUSDRISK Tool template for Best Practice

Type 2 diabetes risk evaluation: 40-49 years old health assessment

Health assessments (items 701, 703, 705 and 707) may be used to undertake a type 2 diabetes risk evaluation for people aged between 40 and 49 years with a high risk of developing type 2 diabetes.

The aim of this health assessment is to review the risk factors underlying the high risk score on the AUSDRISK and to instigate early interventions such as lifestyle modification programs, to prevent or at least delay the onset of type 2 diabetes. The AUSDRISK Tool can be completed either by the patient or with the assistance of a health professional or practice staff.

The health assessment must include the following:

(a) Evaluating a patient's high risk score, as determined by the AUSDRISK Tool which has been completed by the patient within a period of 3 months prior to undertaking the health assessment;

(b) Updating the patient's history and undertaking physical examinations and clinical investigations in accordance with relevant guidelines;

(c) Making an overall assessment of the patient's risk factors and of the results of relevant examinations and investigations;

(d) Initiating interventions, if appropriate, including referral to a lifestyle modification program and follow-up relating to the management of any risk factors identified; and

(e) Providing the patient with advice and information including strategies to achieve lifestyle and behaviour changes if appropriate.

This health assessment can only be claimed once every three years for an eligible patient.

document-pdf-text The 40-49 year old Health Assessment Diabetes Risk Evaluation template

'High risk' patients: referral options

Patients who are at high risk of developing type 2 diabetes can be referred to lifestyle modification programs or allied health professionals depending on their identified risk factors.

Lifestyle modification programs

external link Get Healthy Information and Coaching Service

All callers to the Get Heathy and Information Coaching Service (GHS) who wish to enrol in the coaching program and are Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and/or over 40 years of age undergo screening using the AUSDRISK tool. Callers who have an AUSDRISK score of 12 or more and do not already have diabetes are enrolled in the GHS diabetes module; and receive three additional phone calls to the 10 standard calls offered. 

external link ComDiab: introductory diabetes education in the community

Allied health professionals

external link Allied Health Professional Associations

To locate your local AHP or a specific profession, please refer to the individual association websites. 

Diagnosis of diabetes

document-pdf-text HbA1c test for diagnosis of diabetes

Useful Links

external link Prevention in primary healthcare

external link Diabetes management