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Taking a stand against diabetes stigma. Unite in the global movement for change.

More than 80 per cent of people with diabetes report feeling blamed or shamed by people because they live with the condition. Feeling or experiencing stigma has an impact on self-care, physical health, emotional well-being and quality of life.

Diabetes Australia is part of a global movement to end diabetes stigma. We want to amplify the voices of the diabetes community to put an end to diabetes blame and shame.

Around the globe, experts agree that a significant shift is necessary to combat diabetes stigma. This shift begins with a united commitment from every corner of the diabetes community.

By signing the international pledge, you can join us to spark meaningful change that will improve the quality of life for all Australians living with all types of diabetes.

Take action

  • Make the pledge at enddiabetesstigma.org, to become an integral part of this transformative change.
  • Have you experienced diabetes stigma? We’re asking the diabetes community to share your story with us to help us raise awareness about this important cause.

Let’s collectively ensure that the future for individuals with diabetes is free from judgement and shame. Together, we can make a lasting difference.




“I’ve definitely felt judged for injecting insulin before but the reality is I need insulin to live”

~ Charlie lives with type 1 diabetes




“The one comment that has stuck out to me was ‘Oh you’re type 2, so not a real diabetic, it was self induced, lose weight and you won’t be diabetic anymore!”

~ Ros lives with type 2 diabetes



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When Australia’s diabetes community is united in the fight for change, we can achieve anything.