How your donations help
When you make a donation of any size to Diabetes NSW & ACT you are helping people who have, or are at risk of diabetes to live well.
Thanks to your generosity, we can provide positive support to people living with diabetes through innovative events like DiaBuddies Days, challenging public perceptions and funding research.
DiaBuddies Days are events for children aged 0–14 years living with type 1 diabetes, their families, friends and carers. These events provide a fun, safe environment and valuable family time for those who have been recently diagnosed.
DiaBuddies Days let children and parents know they are not alone. The children get to meet others and make friends for life in a fun, relaxed environment. This helps lift their confidence as they learn to positively self-manage their diabetes. DiaBuddies Days also give families an opportunity to meet others in the same situation.
“Kids can pull their pump out and prick their finger and no-one asks questions or stares at them,” says Kirsty. “They can feel comfortable for the day. And as parents, it’s just so good. The carbohydrates are written down on the food, and it’s such a caring environment. You can almost switch off.”
Kirsty Lucas – mother of Molly aged 9 who lives with type 1 diabetes
Challenging public perceptions
Addressing misconceptions about diabetes and spreading the word about the serious and life-threatening health issues that can develop is an important part of the work we do. For every two people who are diagnosed it’s estimated another has the disease and doesn’t know it. Delays in diagnosis are putting more than 30,000 Australians at risk of serious complications like blindness, amputation, kidney damage and heart disease every year.
That’s why each year we invest in major campaigns to bust myths and raise awareness of the signs and symptoms of diabetes to build more accurate knowledge of diabetes within the community.
“I knew something was wrong and the experts would only tell me to eat well and exercise, but no matter what I tried I kept gaining weight. The symptoms went on for seven long, hard years and I despaired of ever getting my health back. When my GP finally told me I had type 2 diabetes, I felt shock and anger that I’d been left to suffer all that time, without the help and treatment but also relieved that now I would be getting the help I needed.”
Yvonne Appleby – living with type 2 diabetes
Diabetes NSW & ACT supports and develops outstanding diabetes research to help find better treatments and a possible cure so that future generations can live a life free from diabetes and its complications.
Each year we award grants to a range of research projects focused on studies across the spectrum of diabetes prevention, management and finding a cure.
“Our research can only make progress if funding is provided to help us. My own lab is totally dependent on grant funding. Your donations are absolutely critical to finding better treatments for type 1 and type 2 diabetes. On behalf of all diabetes researchers, I sincerely thank you and assure you that without your continued support, we cannot make the discoveries that will ultimately translate to a better, healthier lifestyle for people with diabetes.”
Associate Professor Charmaine Simeonovic, Grant recipient
Diabetes NSW & ACT aims to deliver a life without the complication, or complications, of diabetes. Diabetes self-care is critical to achieving this vision and understanding the emotions and behaviours of people living with diabetes, their carers and the general population is an important yet missing link in our desire to connect with these people and provide them with the support they need 24/7.
Diabetes NSW & ACT has designed a Gap Analysis study to identify better ways of engaging people living with diabetes by delivering against the following key research objectives, seeking to understand:
- The emotional approach to managing diabetes
- The barriers to successful self-care
- What services and support people living with diabetes are most likely to access and how they prefer to access these services
- Their willingness and capacity to pay for different services
At the end of this study we hope to have greater understanding of the attitudes and behaviours that will aid the development of relevant, accessible and affordable programs and services for the diabetes community.
As well as providing crucial support that can make a real difference every day, your donations help to fund vital education, prevention and awareness programs. You’re also supporting crucial research into better ways to treat diabetes, and into a cure.