Diabetes Australia and the Dietitians Association of Australia were offered the opportunity to comment on Dr James Muecke’s address to the National Press Club of Australia ‘Silent No More’, delivered on 1 December 2020, excerpts of which are shown in episode one of Australia’s Health Revolution with Dr Michael Mosley. The following responses were received by the production company, Artemis Media.
Dietitians Association of Australia
Response from CEO Robert Hunt:
Dietitians Australia’s advertising options are listed on our ‘showcase your product or service’ webpage and include jobs, rooms for rent, and professional industry events.
We concluded our corporate partnership program in 2018. We do not engage in corporate partnerships with companies within or related to food manufacturing and food industry associations. We note that Dr Muecke did not approach us to discuss any of his concerns.
Response from CEO Greg Johnson:
- Dr Muecke’s comments on pharmaceutical company sponsorship are incorrect. Pharma companies have absolutely no influence over Diabetes Australia’s health advice for people with diabetes. The income from pharma companies is less than 1% of our income.
- Diabetes Australia actively promotes healthy eating, healthy weight and lifestyle change as the first line for prevention and initial treatment of type 2 diabetes.
SBS notes that Diabetes Australia now has a position statement on remission of type 2 diabetes published October 2021, which you can read here.