Our history in NSW and ACT We have a long and prominent history in NSW and the ACT. In 2018 we were proud to mark 80 years of supporting people living with or at risk of diabetes, their families and carers across NSW and the ACT. The Diabetic Association of Australia (as the organisation was known then) was founded in 1938 by Sir Kempson Maddox. His aim was to provide benefits and services and to be a powerful voice for those living with diabetes. We have remained true to this and today continue to provide educational programs and advocacy services, and to fund vital research into better treatments so those in the diabetes community can live their best lives. We continue to acknowledge Sir Kempson Maddox through our annual Sir Kempson Maddox Award, which is presented to a person who has made a significant contribution to the diabetes movement and is helping to improve the lives of people living with diabetes. Some key dates from our history in NSW and the ACT: 1938 Formation of Diabetic Association of Australia 1945 Inaugural kids camp held with nine children 1953 First dietitian appointed recognising the link between diabetes and food 1987 National Diabetes Services Scheme established 2004 First Exercise Physiologist appointed recognising the link between diabetes and exercise 2015 Name change to Diabetes NSW 2016 Merger to form Diabetes NSW & ACT 2018 45,000 members and 100 staff creating a strong support network 2021 The members of Diabetes NSW & ACT voted nearly unanimously to merge with Diabetes Australia See our most recent Annual Reports.