Diabetes is a serious and complex condition that affects at least 1.7 million Australians. It is the seventh and eighth leading cause of death in females and males respectively, and the fourth largest contributor to overall disease burden in Australia. The costs associated with diabetes are substantial. The total cost of diabetes annually in Victoria has been estimated to be as high as $3.6 billion.
As the voice for the diabetes community, Diabetes Victoria places diabetes high on the agenda of change makers through our advocacy and awareness-raising efforts. We promote issues and campaigns to address the impact of diabetes in our community, lead the way in diabetes prevention, management and research and maximise health resources to assist people living with diabetes.
Diabetes Victoria works with many partner organisations, committees and communities to maximise our reach and impact for our campaigns. Among our partner organisations are The Parents’ Voice and The Obesity Policy Coalition.
National Diabetes Week 2016 campaign
Every day, 280 Australians develop diabetes. Building on last year’s campaign, Diabetes Victoria will run a positive awareness campaign for National Diabetes Week 2016 (10-16 July).
We are here to help you!
‘We are here to help you!’ is directed to all people affected by and at risk of developing diabetes. The campaign will raise awareness for all types of diabetes and show solutions how to live well with the chronic condition. We want our message to be uplifting, highlighting how we can work together to ensure diabetes won’t stop anybody living a long and healthy life.
Ways to support the campaign
- Raise awareness by using the hashtag #NDW16
- Share your story about “how you won’t be stopped by diabetes” via our Facebook page
- Display the campaign materials in a prominent place.
- Donate to Diabetes Victoria here
Help spread the word. Register here to receive the NDW 2016 campaign kit. Please note: Private individuals can only register for a digital kit. The printed version is reserved for health professionals, access points and community groups.