The discovery of insulin 100 years ago was a game-changer in the fight against diabetes.
But the fight isn’t over. The number of people living with diabetes is growing and they need support now, more than ever.
Today, one in five West Aussies either live with or are at risk of diabetes, with many going undiagnosed.
If left unmanaged, diabetes can be a challenging condition that impacts lives, families, communities. This might be you, your friends or a family member.
Every day can be a fight, especially without access to crucial education, information and support to help self-manage blood glucose levels. Learn about the personal impact of diabetes.
Diabetes WA needs your support. Find out how you can #DWAjointhefight
^ Frederick Banting and Charles Best, the co-discovers of insulin with Marjorie the dog who was depancreatised and kept alive using insulin.
Supporting WA diabetes community for over 50 years
Access to support
Only around 50 per cent of people living with diabetes are able to maintain their blood glucose levels within their target range. Elevated blood glucose levels may increase the risk of a person developing complications in the long term.
Diabetes WA is fighting for a world where diabetes can do no harm to our lives, families and communities.
We do this by raising awareness of diabetes, the importance of early diagnosis, and ensuring everyone has equal access to the knowledge and support to self-manage their condition and live a full, and healthy life.
Our expert staff of diabetes educators, nurses, dietitians and exercise physiologists can provide the latest information and advice to the community and health professionals. We are also piloting ground-breaking new programs and pioneering the latest technologies to help us reach our State’s most remote communities.
Take a look at our free services and programs and #DWAjointhefight
Breaking the cycle
In WA, gestational diabetes (GDM) is the second fastest-growing type of diabetes, with around 4000 women diagnosed each year – more than a third of new NDSS registrants. There are also now over 300 people who developed type 2 diabetes as children.
Both women who have GDM and their children are at increased risk of developing type 2 diabetes. This risk is higher if the mother’s GDM was not well managed.
Type 2 diabetes in children and young adults can develop faster, making it harder to treat and self-manage.
Diabetes WA is working to break the cycle of diabetes passing from one generation to the next. We are raising awareness, expanding support services, and developing new culturally appropriate programs for Aboriginal and culturally and linguistically diverse communities.
Help us break the cycle. #DWAjointhefight
Closing the health gap
Type 2 diabetes has a disproportionate and growing impact on the lives of Aboriginal and Torres Strait people in remote WA.
Diabetes is the second highest cause of death for Aboriginal and Torres Strait people in WA; diabetes can affect up to 30 per cent of people in some of these communities – many of whom are undiagnosed.
Diabetes WA is working with the leadership of Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisations to build an Aboriginal Health Workforce to provide culturally-secure diabetes care on country and tackle the root causes of the disease.
We can’t do it alone. #DWAjointhefight