Since 1953, Diabetes Victoria has had a long history of amplifying the voices of people living with diabetes in the Victorian community.

Our unique legacy of care, support, research and advocacy is for people living with, or at risk of, diabetes and is at the heart of all we do.

Our Story

On Tuesday 24 March in 1953, the first meeting of the Victorian Diabetics Association (VDA) was held at Melbourne Town Hall – this was the first members meeting of what we now call Diabetes Victoria.

 credit: The Argus, 1953
We celebrate 70 years of advocating for people affected by, or at risk of, diabetes. This is a legacy we’re incredibly proud of and excited to celebrate.

Seven decades ago, the knowledge and understanding of diabetes by the medical profession and the community was not well informed. Therefore, the VDA was formed – because people with diabetes wanted ownership of their condition, taking an active role in everyday self-management.

From the beginning, the motto of the VDA was: “Self-help not self-pity.” Aiming to improve the lives of people with diabetes through practical guidance and public education, the VDA was set up as a solely philanthropic body, run by people with diabetes and their friends.

So much has happened since 1953. The treatment and management of diabetes has made staggering progress and research developments continue improving the quality of life of people living with diabetes. We are proud of the role we have played in pursuing this agenda.

Yet, we wouldn’t be here without 70 years of support from our community – so thank you! We’ll continue to be here to serve you until the happy day a cure is found for all types of diabetes.
Glen Noonan
Chief Executive Officer
Richard Loveridge

It is a great honour to recognise and celebrate our milestone with 70 guests at Melbourne Town Hall on Friday 24 March 2023 with representatives from the diabetes community, supporters, advocates, donors, lifetime members, healthcare professionals and researchers.

Thank you to Diabetes Victoria Patron HE the Honourable Linda Dessau AC CVO, Governor of Victoria and Mr Anthony Howard AM KC for attending the event.

We heard from Mr Howard, Glen Noonan, Dr Sandro Demaio and Peg Kearin OAM. The event was hosted by our President Richard Loveridge.

We would not be here without 70 years of support from our community – THANK YOU!


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Use the hashtag #DV70 and tagged us on social media to share your memories with Diabetes Victoria! 

70 years in pictures


Diabetes Victoria 70th Anniversary commemorative booklet

Flip through our special commemorative booklet to learn more about our journey with people living with and at risk of, diabetes the past 70 years. 

Press release:
Diabetes Victoria seeks a brighter future for diabetes as organisation celebrates a significant milestone