Kellion Victory Medal

The Kellion Victory Medal is given to recognise Australians who have lived with diabetes for 50 or 60 years, or more.

The Kellion Victory Medal is named after Claude Kellion, a Sydney businessman.

When diabetes claimed the life of his son John at the age of 38, Claude established the Kellion Diabetes Foundation in his son’s memory.

Silver-plated 50 year Victory Medals and gold-plated 60 year Victory Medals are awarded to recipients, together with appropriately worded certificates. 

There is now also provision for 70 and 75 year medals. In 2017, a person was awarded for living with diabetes for 80 years!

Funds raised through the Kellion Diabetes Foundation contribute to Diabetes Australia Research Trust projects.

Diabetes Australia is keen to trace all Australians who have had diabetes for 50 years or more. Doctors and health care professionals, as well as Diabetes Associations and support groups are encouraged to nominate likely recipients.

People with type 1 and type 2 diabetes are eligible for nomination.

Applications are evaluated by Diabetes Australia’s Kellion Victory Medal Committee.

You can access the application form below or for further information please contact Diabetes SA on 1300 198 204.

Download: Kellion Medal Application Form

Please note: Substantiating information is not always easy to obtain and applicants are asked to assist by providing copies of records such as date of diagnosis or initial hospital admission, or a brief personal account of their history of diabetes.

2020 Kellion Medal recipients

Presented on Friday 26 February 2021 at Thebarton Community Centre.

Download: Kellion Medal Awards 2020 booklet

2018/2019 Kellion Medal recipients

Presented at 66th Annual General Meeting of The Diabetic Association of South Australia Inc. on Tuesday 22 October 2019 at Diabetes SA.

2017/2018 Kellion Medal recipients

Presented at 65th Annual General Meeting of The Diabetic Association of South Australia Inc. on Tuesday 23 October 2018 at Diabetes SA.