Living with diabetes can be challenging at times. Diabetes Victoria's advocacy team recognise this and are here to help you.

We can listen... help you get your voice heard and give you the information and support you need to make sure you know your rights and understand your options.

Diabetes Victoria is the leading charity and peak consumer body representing all people affected by diabetes and those at risk. We support, empower and campaign for all Victorian's affected by diabetes.  This includes friends, family and carers....

Our advocacy service works along side people with diabetes when they;
  • face discrimination or problems while at work and other areas of public life
  • need help to secure their rights
  • want help to say what they want to say
  • need help to link to the services that they need
  • have suggestions on how to improve diabetes information, services and policies
  • want help in understading their options

Contact us today:
  • Call our Helpline on 1300 437 386 (Monday- Friday 8.30am-4.30pm)
  • Email
Once you've contacted us, we will get back to you within 2 working days to respond to your enquiry.


Your rights

Each year up to 1000 people with diabetes have been helped to
  • find affordable insurances when travelling overseas, or updating income protection and life insurance
  • stand up for their rights when starting a new job or making changes at their work due to diabetes
  • link school staff to diabetes education so that a student could attend a camp
  • get a health care card from Centrelink to meet some of the out-of-pocket costs of diabetes medicines and supplies
  • talk about the “ups and downs” of living with diabetes. Find out where to get lower cost counselling from a health professional and link to a diabetes support group close to home
  • lobby for better services for people with diabetes in their community
  • speak with a community lawyer.

More Information

We have booklets about diabetes in the workplace for people with diabetes, their employers and co-workers.

These booklets offer information, hints and examples of how to balance your diabetes along with your rights and duties at work. You can read the booklets online, download and print them or call our Helpline on 1300 437 386 to have a hardcopy posted to you.

We are unable to offer:
  • legal advice or legal advocacy
  • detailed advice in relation to government benefits
  • specific medical advise relating to your diabetes
However, we can refer you to the relevant agencies that can help.

Advocacy services frequently asked questions