Diabetes SA is proud of the partnerships and collaborations we have undertaken in South Australia to support people living with or at risk of diabetes under our pillars of prevention, detection, management, and research.

The work we do in the South Australian community is only able to continue through the generosity of organisations such as Masonic Charities Trust and Wellbeing SA.

Masonic Charities Trust Grant

Masonic Charities Trust awarded Diabetes SA $80,000 in mid-2021 to undertake an awareness and screening program for type 2 diabetes in the community. The ultimate goal of this program was prevent or delay type 2 diabetes. Diabetes SA has had the privilege to work with Ian Pontifex from Masonic Charities Trust, who was able to connect us with the Strathalbyn Wood Shed (part of the Men’s Shed Association). This was very fortuitous as it allowed us to target our screening to an ‘at risk’ group. The Strathalbyn Wood Shed enthusiastically worked with the Diabetes SA project team to co-design a program that they felt would address their needs and preferences (to develop an accessible and comfortable program for men to take part). The program was piloted and evaluated and has since been delivered by our health professionals to sheds across the state including Strathalbyn, Port Adelaide, Willaston and Tea Tree Gully, with two more Sheds scheduled to be visited in early 2022.

The program includes providing information and resources about type 2 diabetes, particularly the risk factors, and the opportunity to take the AUSDRISK questionnaire.

Diabetes SA is very grateful to Masonic Charities Trust.

L-R  MW Bro David Booker, PGM MW Bro John Stone, Ian Pontifex, Peter Crouch (DSA Chair)

Wellbeing SA Chronic Disease Integrated Partnership Grant - Smart Phone Technology

In June 2021, Diabetes SA was awarded a $60,000 grant from Wellbeing SA to conduct a Type 2 Diabetes demonstration project. This project represents a new and exciting partnership for Diabetes SA between the University of Adelaide, Flinders University, and the Australian Centre of Social Innovation (TACSI). Throughout 2022, the team will be recruiting up to 90 people with Type 2 Diabetes to test the effectiveness of brief messages, delivered remotely using smart-phone technology, to see if they can improve chronic disease outcomes, particularly blood glucose levels.

L-R Dr Natalie Luscombe-Marsh, Jeanette Walters, Fiona Benton, Lyn Dean, Angelique Pasalidis, Assoc Prof. Niranjan Bidaraddi


Wellbeing SA Chronic Disease Integrated Partnership Grants - CALD

In December 2021, Diabetes SA was awarded a separate $60,000 grant from Wellbeing SA to improve healthcare services for Indian-born South Australians with newly diagnosed Type 2 diabetes. Partners include BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir, Adelaide, the South Australian Indian Medical Association, Adelaide PHN, Flinders University, Adelaide University, Multicultural Communities of South Australia, and the Indian Australian Association of South Australia. This project will tap into the knowledge and expertise of all partners to bring together Indian-born South Australians, who are newly diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, to co-design effective engagement strategies for improve the early detection, prevention and management of type 2 diabetes. This will include the development of cultural and language specific materials and tailored referral mechanisms to better support this cohort of people.