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

We are here to help you!

Every day, 280 Australians develop diabetes. Building on last year’s campaign, Diabetes Victoria is running a positive awareness campaign for National Diabetes Week 2016 (10-16 July).

‘We are here to help you!’ is directed to all people affected by and at risk of developing diabetes. The campaign raises awareness for all types of diabetes and shows 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
  • Download and share the social media tiles and prepared posts. Don't forget to use the hashtag #NDW16.
  • Link your posts to our campaign website: www.diabeteswontstopme.org.au
  • Share your story about “how you won’t be stopped by diabetes” via our Facebook page
  • Download, print and display the campaign posters in a prominent place.
  • Donate to Diabetes Victoria here
Campaign materials:

Help spread awareness about diabetes. Download campaign materials:Events on during National Diabetes Week

9 July - Living Well with Diabetes information session - Williamstown
11 July - National Diabetes Week launch at the Victorian Aboriginal Health Service (VAHS)
12 July - Kellion Victory Award medal ceremony
13 July - 2 free diabetes information sessions to be held at Knox Shire Hall for people living with type 1 & type 2 diabetes
14 July - Having a Healthy Baby information session
10-16 July - Bakery Square Medical Centre Melton: free diabetes information and assessments