A diagnosis of diabetes means life will never be quite the same again. There’s a flood of conflicting emotions; confusion, grief, shame, blame, even denial.
It’s something Edward understands more than most.
For three years, the first voice South Australians heard after they were officially diagnosed with diabetes was Edward’s. Every day, he spent many hours on the phone offering comfort and advice to South Australians diagnosed with diabetes, as Membership Liaison Officer at Diabetes SA.
“I spoke to thousands of people during my time with Diabetes SA, stepping into their lives and their own diabetes journey. To help, I relied heavily on information developed as a result of research."
“But more people are diagnosed with diabetes every day – more people who have to deal with their diagnosis and learn to live well with diabetes."
“I know the only way to effectively support people living with diabetes is to have more information and education programs.”
Diabetes SA Research Grants Program is changing the future, funding world-class research to improve understanding, treatment and management of diabetes.
In 2020 we need to raise $100,000 to fund the Research Grants Program – and we need your help to make it happen.
Research takes time and extraordinary effort - but every hour makes a difference.
Over the last 65 years, Diabetes SA has invested many thousands of dollars in research. Since 2018 alone, Diabetes SA has invested more than $570,000 across our key priority areas:
- Finding new and innovative ways to treat and manage diabetes and/or complications
- Investigating the psychosocial/behavioural consequences of diabetes at an individual or community level
- Developing digital technologies to improve self-management of diabetes and enhance delivery of self-management education to SA’s rural and remote areas
- Discovering the role played by nutrition and exercise in diabetes management
- Design and delivery of innovative new health care systems for diabetes.
Right now, six critical evidenced-based research projects are in progress and already making an impact.
Projects such as Dr Christina Bursill’s investigation of Wound healing in patients with diabetic foot ulcers have reached clinical trial stage - and as a direct result of Prof. Paul Ward and Mr Heath Pillen’s study into Reconstructing the stigma and blame of type 2 diabetes, we are already working on opportunities for improved health education programs and mental health support.
Through Diabetes SA Research Grants Program and the generosity of South Australians like you, everyone has the chance to make an impact on the future of diabetes.
Here’s how your generous gift will be invested in future research projects in the years to come.
- Each project will employ specialist researchers and analysts who will conduct tests, experiments, interviews and hours of complex and detailed analysis. Your donation will help fund this unique and essential expertise.
- Projects conducted in laboratories require specialised, state-of-the-art equipment, which is extremely expensive. Your gift will help fund exactly what our researchers need to make new discoveries.
- As a valued donor, you will receive regular updates on progress and outcomes. You will know exactly how your donation is contributing to the outcomes being achieved.
The only way we can change the future for people living with diabetes is by finding answers.
And the only way we can find those answers is through research.
Together, we can make it happen.
Please make a donation towards the Diabetes SA Research Grant Program
today and help change the future through research.