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Diabetes Victoria Podcasts

The Living Well with Diabetes podcast series aims to provide our audience with relatable, accessible and interesting stories about the varied human experiences of living with or caring for people with diabetes.

Hosted by Jack Fitzpatrick, ex AFL player whom lives with type 1 diabetes, these podcasts will showcase interesting people offering tips and stories for the diabetes community.

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Episode 22

To mark Women’s Health Week from 6 to 10 September, we spoke with endocrinologist Dr Sarah Price, who recently started as the Director of Chief Medicine at the Royal Women’s Hospital, and Liz Semmens, who was diagnosed with gestational diabetes in 2019 and completed the Life! program.

Episode 21

In recognising National Diabetes Week, our host Jack Fitzpatrick had a chat about diabetes stigma with Michael Taylor, who lives with type 1 diabetes, and Professor Jane Speight, Foundation Director of the Australian Centre for Behavioural Research in Diabetes (ACBRD), who has completed some of the world’ first research in this area.

Episode 20

In recognising National Reconciliation Week, we spoke with Joe Day, a proud Yorta Yorta and Wamba Wamba man, about his journey living with type 2 diabetes and what National Reconciliation Week means to him.

Episode 19

26-year-old NSW Swifts' goalkeeper and netball's rising star, Sarah Klau, joined us to chat about her not so typical diagnosis story, travelling and playing with diabetes as well as where she finds support.

Episode 18

Renza Scibilia has worked for Diabetes Victoria and Diabetes Australia for over 8 years. She is a diabetes and health advocate, peer support and social media consultant, health writer, media spokesperson, workshop presenter and facilitator. Renza is a blogger - she is the owner, editor, and writer of Diabetogenic.

This podcast will highlight Renza’s career, how she uses technology to manage her diabetes and the ways she advocates for people living with diabetes.

Episode 17

Malcolm Gray has had many roles throughout his career; including chairman of the International Cricket Council and Cricket Australia, plus a director at Diabetes Victoria... just to name a few. In this episode, you’ll not only learn about Malcolm’s incredible career but how diabetes has touched his life and his experiences raising a son who was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at age 5. 

Episode 16

To kick us off for 2021, we spoke with Tom Browne, one of Australia’s most recognisable journalists particularly in the world of sport, about his experiences living with type 1 diabetes. Tom shares his diagnosis story, how he manages diabetes while working through a busy schedule on radio and television, and a whole lot more! 

Episode 15

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Episode 14

To mark World Diabetes Day on 14 November, we spoke with Deb Gooley about her incredible career as a diabetes nurse educator and a midwife, and how she has supported people living with, or affected by, diabetes in these roles.   

Episode 13

To mark World Mental Health Day on 10 October we speak with registered psychologist and research fellow at the Australian Centre for Behavioural Research in Diabetes (ACBRD), Dr Shikha Gray, about mental health and diabetes. Shikha helps us unpack the link between diabetes and depression, or other mental illnesses. She also talks about how people living with diabetes are affected by stigma, plus loads more!  

Episode 12

To mark Women’s Health Week from 7-11 September we spoke with Women’s National Basketball League player, Lara McSpadden, about her journey as a woman living with type 1 diabetes while playing elite level sport. Lara discusses the challenges and triumphs she has faced, and what advice she would give her younger self knowing what she knows now. 

Episode 11

To mark International Youth Day on 12 August we spoke with Blair Gould and Lochie Noonan about their experiences growing up with type 1 diabetes. Blair and Lochie share their thoughts on managing diabetes while studying and being active, even at an elite athlete level. They also share how they look after their mental health, changes in their hormones, socialising and where they find support. 

Episode 10

Meet 80-year Kellion Victory Medal recipient Anna Moresby. Anna has experienced dramatic changes in diabetes management over eight decades, has been an eye witness of life-changing developments in the diabetes world and has significantly contributed to establishing Victoria’s peer support network. 

Episode 9

To promote eye health awareness, we spoke with ophthalmologist and Associate Professor Peter van Wijngaarden about the impacts of diabetes on eye health. Peter provides a wealth of information including who is at risk, what treatment options are available and the importance of getting regular eye checks.

Episode 8

Today, on International Nurses Day (12 May every year) during the 2020 International Year of the Nurse and Midwife, as proclaimed by the World Health Organization (WHO), we are speaking to diabetes nurse educator Michelle Cox. Michelle has been working at Diabetes Victoria for seven years and talks about the important role of diabetes nurse educators within the diabetes care team.

Episode 7

In a special edition podcast, advocacy coordinator Susanne Baxandall is explaining how Diabetes Victoria is here to help during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Episode 6

In this episode, we meet Steve McGhie, Victorian MP and former State Secretary of Ambulance Employees Australia. Steve was recently diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, which came as a surprise to him

Episode 5

In this episode, we meet accredited exercise physiologist Nicole French. Nicole will share her passion for exercise physiology which uses exercise as a treatment for people living with complex and chronic health conditions.

Episode 4

In this episode, we meet Jade Erickson and her son Justin, who is living with type 1 diabetes. They are talking about the challenges the condition poses on their everyday family life.

Episode 3

In this episode, we meet Tim McMaster, one of Diabetes Victoria's dietitians, and discuss strategies for eating during the festive season.

Episode 2

In this episode, we speak with Tiffany Johnson and hear her amazing story of survival, how it lead to the onset of diabetes, and her role as an advocate for healthy living.

Episode 1

The Living Well with Diabetes podcast series aims to provide our audience with relatable, accessible and interesting stories about the varied human experiences of living with or caring for people with diabetes. These podcasts will showcase interesting people offering tips and stories for the diabetes community.