Have you been living with diabetes for 50 years or more? Then you are eligible to apply for a Kellion Victory Medal.
The Kellion Victory Medal is awarded to recognise the achievement of living with type 1 or type 2 diabetes for 50 years or more. It encourages others to continue working for success over diabetes.
The Kellion was named after the late Mr Claude Kellion AM. He was a Sydney businessman who created a foundation to promote diabetes research after his son died from diabetes complications, aged 38.
Since 1984 more than 1500 people have received Kellion Victory Medals in Australia. Victorians who have lived 50 years or more with diabetes are eligible for a medal.People who have lived with diabetes for 50 years or more are presented with a silver medal. A gold medal honours 60 years. In the last five years we have added additional medals for people who have lived with diabetes for 70 and 75 years. In 2017 we awarded someone for living with diabetes for 80 years!
We acknowledge the involvement of support people and the effect they have on the health and wellbeing of people living with diabetes. These support people are eligible for Carers certificates.
Carers should be equally proud of their contribution to improving and enhancing the life of someone with diabetes.
How to applyIf you wish to apply for a Kellion Victory Medal, please complete the below application form and return via the details provided.
Kellion Victory Medal application form (PDF)
Please note, applications for the 2021 Kellion Victory Medal close on Friday 4 June.
2019 Kellion Victory Medal Award Ceremony
At a special award ceremony in Melbourne's CBD on Tuesday, Diabetes Victoria has acknowledged 55 Victorians who have lived with diabetes for at least 50 years, as part of National Diabetes Week (14–20 July). All of these 55 Victorians will receive Kellion Victory Medals – 46 who have lived with diabetes for 50 years, four for 60 years, four for 70 years and one for an impressive 75 years.
Diabetes Victoria CEO Craig Bennett was the first to congratulate this year’s recipients: “I congratulate all of our recipients for their outstanding accomplishment. They all deserve our utmost respect and admiration for the determination, resilience, focus and courage they have shown during their long lives with diabetes.”
Diagnosed at age 12 in 1959, Judith Ann Thynne is proud to have reached the milestone of having lived with type 1 diabetes for 60 years. As far as her diabetes goes, Ms Thynne feels very lucky and has had a happy and fortunate life. “Do the best you can, it’s worth it,” is her advice for living a long and healthy life with diabetes. “It’s up to you. If you do not make your own personal effort, nothing will help.”
2019 Kellion Victory Medal recipients at the Award Ceremony, held at the RACV City Club, Melbourne, on Tuesday 16 July 2019.
To view 2019's Award Ceremony photos, please visit our Flickr gallery.
Kellion Victory Medal 2020
To view Award Ceremony photos from previous years, visit our Flickr gallery.
To view Award Ceremony booklets from previous years, visit our Flipbooks gallery.
Previous award recipients media storiesCastlemaine resident Douglas Padgham awarded Kellion Victory Medal Bendigo Advertiser (10 July 2018)
Ballarat's Barry Goodall has just three words to live well by in a life of diabetes The Courier (17 March 2018)
Evelyn recognised after 73,000 insulin injections Latrobe Valley Express (5 October 2017)
Marong woman Heather Chalmers recognised after living with diabetes for 50 years Bendigo Advertiser (14 July 2017)
Living with diabetes for almost 60 years Colac Herald (10 July 2017)
Melbourne brothers, thought to be Australia’s longest surviving twins with type 1 diabetes, honoured Moorabbin Glen Eira Leader (10 July 2017)
Gary Lucas wins award The Standard (27 June 2017)
Face-to-face with diabetes Bendigo Advertiser (10 July 2016)
Shining light on diabetes (PDF) Preston Leader (28 June 2016)
Learning to live with diabetes (PDF) Maroondah Leader (28 June 2016)
Imagine a life well lived (PDF) Brimbank & Northwest Star Weekly (28 June 2016)
Taylor Lakes woman to receive Diabetes Victoria award Star Weekly (28 June 2016)
Living with diabetes for 50 years Latrobe Valley Express (13 July 2015)
Belmont great-grandmother celebrates 70 years living with diabetes Geelong Advertiser (9 June 2014)
Cranbourne South man shows how to live with diabetes and make most of life Cranbourne Leader (6 July 2014)
Victory over diabetes Albury Wodonga Star Community (31 October 2013)
Residents honoured at award ceremony Bendigo Advertiser (28 November 2013)