Diabetes is a major health problem, both in Australia and world-wide. About 1.7 million Australians have a type of diabetes, with another 2 million estimated at high risk of developing type 2 diabetes. The yearly cost of diabetes is about $14.6 billion (Source: Diabetes Australia 2018).
Public policy, research funding, the research agenda and community responses are all influenced by how diabetes features in the media.
In 2018 the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences at the University of Sydney, through its inaugural Multidisciplinary Arts and Social Sciences Inaugural Fellowship (MASSIF) funded a project to explore how the Australian news media write about diabetes. The research focussed on reporting in 12 national and metropolitan Australian newspapers over the last five years (2013-2017).
This executive summary describes initial results from the project, a collaboration between the Department of Linguistics and the Charles Perkins Centre.