The National Health Survey 2020-21 was collected online during the COVID-19 pandemic and is a break in time series. Data should be used for point-in-time analysis only and can’t be compared to previous years. See Methodology for more information.
Diabetes is a chronic condition where the body cannot produce enough insulin, a hormone essential for converting glucose into energy. If poorly managed, diabetes can lead to additional health complications, such as heart attack, stroke, and limb amputation.
In 2020, diabetes was ranked seventh in the leading causes of death in Australia with 5,148 deaths. In 2018, Type 2 diabetes was the twelfth leading contributor (2.3%) to Australia’s total disease burden (fatal and non-fatal).