Last month Diabetes NSW held an education and awareness forum in Parliament House. I was taken aback at the staggering figures presented at the forum. It is the fastest-growing chronic disease in Australia. The national average of people living with diabetes is 4.9 per cent, but, unfortunately, in areas of my electorate of Charlestown the number is significantly higher—almost twice the national average. For that reason I thought it important to host a diabetes forum in my electorate, in conjunction with Diabetes NSW. I thank all my constituents who attended. It was great that so many people affected by diabetes were able to attend and access expert advice.