Diabetes is a serious and complex condition that affects at least 1.7 million Australians. It is the seventh and eighth leading cause of death in females and males respectively, and the fourth largest contributor to overall disease burden in Australia. The costs associated with diabetes are substantial. The total cost of diabetes annually in Victoria has been estimated to be as high as $3.6 billion.

As the voice for the diabetes community, Diabetes Victoria places diabetes high on the agenda of change makers through our advocacy and awareness-raising efforts. We promote issues and campaigns to address the impact of diabetes in our community, lead the way in diabetes prevention, management and research and maximise health resources to assist people living with diabetes.

Diabetes Victoria works with many partner organisations, committees and communities to maximise our reach and impact for our campaigns. Among our partner organisations are The Parents’ Voice and The Obesity Policy Coalition.

ConnecT1ons: help parents of kids with type 1 diabetes 

Over the past 12 months, Diabetes Victoria has been working on a project for parents of children living with type 1 diabetes. From the conversations we had with parents as part of this project, we know these parents feel sleep-deprived and stressed. They rarely have a break or have opportunities to meet other parents of type 1 kids. Read Kim Henshaw's blog about the project and the Parent Consultation: Preliminary Report.

Jade is just one of the parents we spoke to as part of this project. Her son Justin was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes 5 years ago and she has been working hard to give him a happy, healthy childhood.

That’s why, from Monday 27 August, Diabetes Victoria is supporting a crowdfunding campaign to help parents like Jade. All donations will go directly towards funding ConnecT1ons, an event that will give parents a break and let them connect with other parents of kids with type 1 diabetes.

By raising $15,000 we can run a ConnecT1ons event for 100 parents while their kids are safe and having fun at diabetes camp. By raising $30,000 we can run 2 of these events, helping 200 parents. All donations are tax-deductible and must be made through Pozible from midday on Monday 27 August.

How you can help

  1. Use the launch kit to spread the word about the campaign through social media
  2. Share the video of Jade’s story with your friends and family and through your social networks
  3. Follow Diabetes Victoria on social media and share posts about this campaign on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Linked In
  4. Donate to the crowdfunding campaign