A message from our Patron

Tuesday, 5 May 2020

Message from
Her Excellency the Honourable Margaret Beazley AC QC Governor of New South Wales


As Patron, I am delighted to convey my personal best wishes to all Members and Supporters of Diabetes NSW & ACT.

This is a difficult time for everyone, as we each seek to manage the social, financial and emotional impact of the COVID-19 measures that are currently in place. For people living with diabetes, this is a more trying time than usual. Managing the daily routine of diabetes, observing your health advice and focusing on your well-being is thus especially important at this time of increased anxiety. With some brighter news of late, we may take some comfort knowing that the number of new cases diagnosed each day is decreasing.

It is also heart-warming to know that family, friends and members of the wider community are thinking of you, concerned for your health and general wellbeing. I spoke at length with Sturt Eastwood, the Chief Executive Officer of Diabetes NSW & ACT, recently and I am very proud of how his team has adapted to the changing environment. Restrictions on bringing people together has meant so many education events have had to be cancelled. However, his team is working hard to ensure they can continue to support you with your diabetes self-management needs, albeit in new and different ways.

Despite the challenges we are experiencing, I am confident we will soon be able to look back on this period as a time when we, as a community, came together to protect lives and to look out for the health and well-being of each other.

Stay well.

Warmest best wishes,


Her excellency The Honourable Margaret Beazley AC QC
Governor of New South Wales

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