Corporate powerhouse takes diabetes fight to new heights

‘Working together to prevent diabetes in western Sydney’: that’s the goal of PricewaterhouseCoopers Australia (PwC), who recently embarked on a powerful collaboration with Western Sydney Diabetes (WSD) in the fight against type 2 diabetes.

PwC is one of five lead partners to have established the WSD Alliance, along with Western Sydney Local Health District, Western Sydney Primary Health Network (WSPHN), Diabetes NSW & ACT, and the Department of Premier and Cabinet.

WSD has grown to over 120 partners with the mission to ‘beat type 2 diabetes together’.

PwC recently boosted their involvement with WSD and the WSPHN, taking their expertise in social problem solving through collaboration, to new heights.

Dashboards have been created with the aim of mapping the diabetes epidemic, monitoring WSD programs and evaluating the implementation of these programs in the community.

Funds were secured from the Australian Digital Health Agency, with part of the funding going to the dashboard project.

WSD director Professor Glen Maberly said without understanding the problem, we cannot fix it.

“These dashboard are allowing us to better map the diabetes problem and improve our response to it, through a collaborative approach,” said Prof Maberly.  

“The dashboards display information from three tiers of diabetes surveillance and monitoring.

“The first tier is population measures, or diabetes (HbA1c) testing, weight and diabetes management. The second tier displays interactions of patients with diabetes with the healthcare system, and the final tier presents information on 10 prevention and 14 management programs being run by WSD and Alliance partners.”

PwC partner, Nathan Schlesinger, said the most important problems are better solved together.

“A key part of our role has been to ensure different organisations, as well as decision makers in government, have access to the right data,” said Mr Schlesinger.

“Pulling together data from government and other areas, has helped WSD to uncover the enormity of the diabetes problem and to monitor initiatives and outcomes.” 

We know that:

  • 60% of the western Sydney population is overweight or obese
  • 35% of the western Sydney population is at high risk of diabetes
  • 15% of adults in western Sydney have diabetes (72,000 people)

The diabetes dashboard project will feature as a poster presentation at the up-coming Australasian Diabetes Congress (ADC) in Sydney from 21-23 August. The ADC is the largest diabetes conference of its kind in the Southern hemisphere.

PwC also shone the spotlight on diabetes through The Together Effect campaign, which profiles the work of WSD in NSW print media, office towers across Sydney and Canberra, and on touch screens in PwC’s Sydney office.

The aim: to help raise awareness of the diabetes problem and what needs to be done to solve it.

To find out more about PwC’s The Together Effect campaign, visit https://www.pwc.com.au/about-us/solving-important-problems/working-together-to-prevent-diabetes-in-western-sydney.html or to find out more about WSD, visit https://www.westernsydneydiabetes.com.au/ .