The dark and stormy start to the morning didn’t stop award winners from attending the Kellion Victory Awards, some even commuted from Dunsborough and Albany. Held last Thursday 15 July at the Nedlands Yacht club, the event recognised Australians who live full lives with diabetes (50, 60, 70 or 75 years) and their carers who support them through their diabetes journey.
Before the awards ceremony, Director of Health Networks Megan Burley presented diabetes care hospital policy and shared information on two guides – “Self-management of diabetes in WA hospitals: A suggested approach” and “Consumer guide: Managing your diabetes needs while in hospital.” The “suggested approach” guides hospital clinical staff to best support people living with diabetes, and the “consumer guide” supports diabetes patients. Both documents promote diabetes self-management for patients and reinforces a personalised approach to care.
Each winner’s story was shared as they walked up to receive their award from Diabetes WA’s Board Member Mary Anne Stephens. After handing out the awards to the winners and their carers who proudly received them, Mary highlighted how humbling it was to listen to all their personal journeys of challenge, strength and resilience over the years living with diabetes especially during a time where support, education and technology for the condition was limited.
Parliamentary Secretary Simon Millman MLA (representing the Deputy Premier) said it was a delight to attend the event in honour of the award recipients and kindly presented a cheque from Lottery’s West for almost $500,000 to fund a Diabetes WA health and wellness program (Let’s Prevent Digital) currently piloted for people at risk of developing type 2 diabetes.
To view a video of one of the Kellion Victory Award Winners Clement Overheu visit this page. Clement who has lived with type 1 diabetes for 50 years shares his diabetes story and his close connection to the first person who received insulin in Australia in 1922 – Phyllis Adams.