On Saturday I attended the first ever Diabetes Expo for people with diabetes by Diabetes Victoria. 1400 people turned up for the day, which ran similar to how a typical day at a scientific conference would. The only difference is that presenters were speaking to people living with the condition rather than just other researchers or academics. It was a fantastic day, albeit very busy and seemed very well received by attendees. Continue reading “Diabetes Expo 2015”
National Diabetes Week this year focusses on the prevention of type 2 diabetes through an interesting campaign. Diabetes Australia uses images to represent people’s irrational fears such as clowns, spiders and sharks and compared it to the real and hidden threat of diabetes. So it absolutely made sense that the launch of this campaign was done at the Melbourne Aquarium! Therefore, it’s only fitting that this post will feature happy shots from the aquarium!
I couldn’t think of a better way to start the year than with diabetes camp! Junior Camp is organised and run annually by Diabetes Camp Victoria for kids with type 1 diabetes aged between 10 and 12 years old. This year, 65 kids had the opportunity to camp at Anglesea YMCA and did activities such as surfing, big swing, indoor rock climbing and had a day out at Geelong Adventure Park. Camps are a fantastic opportunity for kids to make friends with other kids their age living with diabetes. Often I overhear kids exchanging experiences and encouraging each other, which is what camp is about. For this camp, I went with my health professional hat on as a dietitian’s assistant rather than a leader or coordinator. I was grateful for this opportunity as this position is highly sought after but it also gave me the opportunity to sit back and observe camp with a different perspective.