Ms JENNY AITCHISON (Maitland) (19:35:02): For World Diabetes Day, I acknowledge the magnificent work done for our community in this field by our nurses, and also the NSW Nurses and Midwives' Association.

Diabetes type 1 and type 2 are both difficult and complex conditions that affect millions of Australians—and that number is growing very quickly. Nurses are on the front line working with patients on the prevention, diagnosis and management of diabetes. As diabetes is often part of a complex diagnosis involving other conditions, the role of nurses in teaching diabetes management can reduce the risk of complications for patients and lead to better outcomes in the long term.

World Diabetes Day is so named to recognise the birthdate of Sir Fredrick Banting, who co-discovered insulin in 1922. This led to the effective management of the disease.

Well done to everyone in our community and to the diabetes awareness groups. It is so important to have that support and the work of our nurses. I thank them.