In 2016, National Diabetes Week took place on 10-16 July. This year Diabetes Australia highlighted the tragedy of diabetes-related amputations. Every year, more than 4,400 amputations are carried out as a result of diabetes. We need to do more to reduce the impact of diabetes.
The campaign was launched outside the Royal Melbourne Hospital.
Diabetes Victoria's 2016 campaign focused on the message: "Diabetes won't stop me". The Diabetes Victoria were out and about across Victoria showcasing the good work they do throughout the week.
Diabetes Western Australia
Diabetes Western Australia kicked off the week with the Honourable Michael Sutherland, Speaker of the Western Australian Legislative Assembly, who joined CEO Andrew Wagstaff and members of the WA Parliamentary Diabetes Support Group for an informal FootSmart session. Diabetes Western Australia also marked the achievements of Kellion Victory Award recipients including a brother and sister who are both receiving their 50-year awards.
This year on the eve of National Diabetes Week, Diabetes Tasmania held an over-the-top charity challenge - taking the plunge as part of the highest commercial abseil in the world. Brave participants abseiled down the 140 metre tall Gordon Dam. If you would like to donate visit: https://www.everydayhero.com.au/event/gordondamabseil2016
Diabetes Queensland focused on the 93,000 Queenslanders with type 2 who are undiagnosed, and the symptoms. A free risk assessments was held at Eagle Farm Markets, one of Brisbane’s most popular outdoor venues. Diabetes Queensland also organised Go Green and Give fundraising events around Queensland, with 190 schools and businesses registered to participate. For the first time, there were 25 Kellion Victory Medal recipients at our awards function.
The 280-a-day campaign highlighted the concerning growth of the diabetes epidemic in Australia. The campaign also released research highlighting the fact that most people still underestimate the number of people with diabetes and the serious health complications relating to the condition.
2014 Check My Risk
The You think this is scary? national campaign aims to increase public awareness of the seriousness of type 2 diabetes, draw attention to the increasing numbers of Australians developing the condition, and promote the ‘good news’ story that up to 58 per cent of cases can be prevented.
2013 Face of Diabetes
The Face of Diabetes campaign aimed to provide the incoming Australian government with a clear framework for a new national strategy for diabetes and a five year action plan.
Following their election, the Coalition Government committed to a national strategy.
The Let's Prevent Diabetes campaign, presented the case for a national diabetes prevention program for the high risk.