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.

NDW2020: 80 reasons to celebrate

When Anna Moresby was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes in 1940, she received the grim prediction that she wouldn’t live to see her 30th birthday. But Anna has defied all odds and is now the first Victorian female to reach the amazing milestone of living with diabetes for 80 years.

In this spirit, Diabetes Victoria is launching a new awareness campaign with the theme ‘80 reasons to celebrate’ for National Diabetes Week 2020 (from Sunday 12 to Saturday 18 July), honouring Anna Moresby’s remarkable achievement of living with diabetes for 80 years. National Diabetes Week is celebrated each year to raise awareness about all types of diabetes.

Campaign materials will be available on the campaign page: diabetesvic.org.au/NDW2020 from Monday 6 July. Via this page, you can listen to our special National Diabetes Week podcast episode with Anna and learn more about each of our 2020 Kellion Victory Medal recipients.

Tune in to our social media channels (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and LinkedIn) where we will have a great line up of content supporting the campaign. During National Diabetes Week we will also be announcing the recipients of the 2020 Gwen Scott Grant.

Diabetes Australia's Heads Up on Diabetes Campaign

Heads Up On DiabetesOn Monday July 13 2020, Minister for Health, The Hon Greg Hunt MP, published a media release announcing the commencement of National Diabetes Week 2020.

Click here to read the official statement.