Living with diabetes can be challenging at times. It is a complex and serious health condition that impacts on a person’s physical, social and emotional wellbeing; requiring constant attention, motivation and resilience to manage. Diabetes Victoria's advocacy team recognise this and is here to help you.

Who we are

Diabetes Victoria’s advocacy team understands that there are many things to stay on top of when living with diabetes. All these things play an important role in our social and emotional wellbeing. The topics below are areas that we regularly encounter when speaking with people living with diabetes.

Susanne Baxendall

Susanne Baxandall

Julie Davie

Julie Davie

Shannon McDonough

Shannon McDonough

We can help by:

  • Listening to your diabetes story
  • Working alongside you on any concerns or difficulties you may be experiencing
  • Linking you with services, resources and information
  • Building on your strengths and abilities to find solutions
  • Working towards services and policies that value your lived experience and better support you in the ongoing management of your diabetes.

The most common topics people living with diabetes seek our advice and support on are listed below.

If you have any further questions or would like to speak to someone from our team, please call the NDSS Helpline on 1800 637 700 and ask to speak to the advocacy team. Alternatively, you can email healthprofessional@diabetesvic.org.au to arrange a conversation.


Emotional health

Emotional health

Living with diabetes can be challenging at times. At times, you may feel like diabetes is just getting too much. But it’s important to remember that you are not alone. Help and support is available.

Workplace and diabetes

Workplace and diabetes

Most people with diabetes have long and successful working lives across lots of interesting jobs. We have booklets about diabetes in the workplace for people with diabetes, their employers and co-workers.

Driving and diabetes

Driving and diabetes

Driving a motor vehicle is a complex task involving perception, appropriate judgement, adequate response time and reasonable physical capability. For people with diabetes, the ability to drive safely can be affected by a number of factors.

Cutting Costs

Cutting Costs

Managing diabetes is expensive. The following are some cost saving tips for eye and dental care and taking medicines.

Diabetes and coming to Australia

Diabetes and coming to Australia

Some countries have arrangements with the Australian government to provide health care to their citizens while they are in Australia. These include Reciprocal Health Care Agreements and a temporary Medicare Card.

Finding diabetes services

Finding diabetes services

There are many support services that offer information to help people living with diabetes. The following articles outline the services available.

Insurance and diabetes

Insurance and diabetes

Most people living with diabetes can obtain insurance; whether it be life insurance, income protection insurance, private health insurance or travel insurance.

Medicare and diabetes

Medicare and diabetes

Medicare is Australia's universal health care system and covers many health care costs.

Centrelink and diabetes

Centrelink and diabetes

You may be entitled to money from Centrelink if you have diabetes. You can contact Centrelink to check if you are able to receive a payment or concession as a person with diabetes or a family carer.

 Additional information and resources

Additional information and resources

This section covers additional information that people with diabetes may need