Have you been living with diabetes for 50 years or more?
Then you are eligible to apply for a Kellion Victory Medal.
What is the Kellion Victory Medal?
The Kellion Victory Medal acknowledges the great achievement of living with type 1 or type 2 diabetes for 50 years or more. The medal encourages others to continue working for victory over diabetes. Diabetes Victoria celebrates Kellion Victory Medallists at an annual award ceremony.
Alternatively, there are other options available to receive your medal.
Kellion Victory Medalists in the NewsCarla Northmore, Philanthropy Coordinator at Diabetes Victoria travelled to Koonoomoo to present Karen Rentsch with her 50-year Kellion Victory Medal, and her husband Peter with his certificate as Karen's carer.
The story was featured in Shepparton News in December 2022, highlighting Karen's journey with living with type 1 diabetes and her husband's support along the way.
After Carla presented Karen with her medal, she said:
“I am proud to be awarded the Kellion Victory Medal as I never thought I would live this long with diabetes. In the ‘bad old days’ using a syringe three times a day to using the FreeStyle Libre today, it has made life so much easier. The device is worn on your upper arm and the automatic sensor can detect hypoglycemia (low blood sugar) and is undoubtedly a new generation, continuous glucose monitor (CGM). It gives readings 24 hours a day, it’s water resistant and possesses an alarm, while results and data are stored in a separate reader.”
Pictured (L-R): Karen Rentsch with husband Peter and Carla Northmore of Diabetes Victoria. Photo by Barb Love.
How to apply
If you wish to apply for a Kellion Victory Medal, please complete the below application form and return via the details provided.
We are now accepting applications for Kellion Victory Medal 2024.
2021 Kellion Victory Medal Ceremony image gallery
The Kellion Victory Medal was named after the late 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 2,180 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 of lived experience. In the last five years we have added additional medals for people who have lived with diabetes for 70 and 75 years. In 2017 and 2020 medallists were awarded 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 recognition certificates.
Carers and support people should be equally proud of their contribution to improving and enhancing the life of someone with diabetes.
Past ceremonies and medalists
"I would like to enthusiastically encourage anyone who, like me, has lived with type 1 diabetes for 50 years, or more, to apply to receive the medal. The application process is easy. Assistance from Diabetes Victoria is available. The ceremony is well organised, tasteful and is a true recognition of achieving a significant milestone."
- Leigh, 50-year Kellion Victory Medalist in 2019
Kellion Victory Medal commemorative booklets
Each year, we share the fascinating stories of our Kellion Victory Medallists in a commemorative booklet to honour those who have lived with diabetes for 50 years or more.