Media release – embargoed till 9.30, 30 June 2000 or delivery of speech by Minister of Health, Hon Annette King
HFA campaign helps people with diabetes
The Health Funding Authority is urging Maori, Pacific Islands people and others with diabetes to take advantage of its
campaign to help them manage the condition.
The Minister of Health launches the HFA “Get Checked” $5 million national diabetes campaign on 30 June 2000 at Te Papa,
Wellington. The campaign offers funding for a free annual health check for people with diabetes, free diabetes glucose
monitors to Community Service Card holders, and introduces new diabetes education resources.
This new HFA“Get Checked” campaign is complemented by a new Maori mobile nursing service introduced and funded by the
HFA; by a new diabetes pharmaceutical booklet produced by PHARMAC; new practice guidelines covering core aspects of
diabetes care published by the New Zealand Guidelines Group; and by Green Prescribing supported by the Hillary
The “Get Checked” campaign will help people manage their own diabetes and educate them about what they need to do to
protect their health. This includes:
regular physical activity to maintain a healthy weight
regular foot checks as diabetes can lead to foot problems
regular eye screening checks
HFA spokesperson Dr Sandy Dawson says diabetes which goes unchecked can lead to serious complications such as kidney
disease, amputation, and adult blindness. Diabetes is exacerbated by many factors including smoking, poor diet, and lack
of physical activity.
“The “Get Checked” campaign provides a free annual health check for people with diabetes, encouraging them to have
routine annual checks with their doctor, as well as improving education, awareness, and management of diabetes,” Dr
“People with diabetes can do much to manage their condition and have a full and healthy life. The HFA’s campaign aims to
educate people with diabetes, especially Maori and Pacific people, to manage their diabetes better and lower the risk of
“We want to encourage people to talk to their GP or nurse sooner rather than later about diabetes, to reduce the
complications and number of deaths related diabetes,” Dr Dawson says.
The Government spends more than $170 million annually on treating diabetes and diabetes-related conditions such as heart
and kidney disease.
For more information: Christine Field 04 495 4335
Emily Bishop 04 495 4417 025 529 950