ADEA news releases

Diabetes sector welcomes funding for new research hub

released on 14 January 2022

Australia’s leading diabetes organisations welcome the Federal Government’s announcement of $10 million in funding over four years to establish the new Australian Centre for Accelerating Diabetes Innovation (ACADI) at the University of Melbourne.

The ACADI will be a new virtual research centre connecting research hubs from around Australia and will link in with key industry partners and diabetes organisations to help develop new treatments, technologies and behavioural interventions to help meet the challenges of the diabetes epidemic.

Diabetes Australia Group CEO Justine Cain said the announcement highlighted the Federal Government’s commitment to supporting people with diabetes.

‘The research priorities for the Centre include diabetes-related kidney disease, peripheral neuropathy and other foot-related issues as well as acute complications of diabetes, specifically hypoglycaemia and ketoacidosis,’ Ms Cain said.

‘It will provide a platform to accelerate the translation of clinical research into real world therapies and technologies that improve the lives of people with diabetes.

‘Diabetes Australia will be working in partnership with ACADI to ensure its research is closely aligned to the needs of people with diabetes and the diabetes workforce.

‘I’d like to thank Health Minister Hon. Greg Hunt and the Federal Government for recognising how important this program is.

‘I’d also like to congratulate A/Professor Elif Ekinci who will be leading ACADI. Elif is one of Australia’s leading diabetes researchers and her expertise and passion will be integral to the Centre’s success. I understand it was a highly competitive bid process, lead by Elif, and we are very pleased with the outcome.”

Australian Diabetes Society CEO A/Professor Sof Andrikopoulos said the Centre would drive innovation in diabetes research.

‘We have world class diabetes researchers in Australia and this Centre will help do exactly what it’s name says – accelerate innovation across all aspects of diabetes research,” A/Professor Andrikopoulos said.

‘I’m excited to see the impact this has on the way we support people with diabetes in Australia.’

Australian Diabetes Educators Association President Tracey Tellam said research and innovation were crucial to meeting the challenges of the diabetes epidemic.

‘Diabetes is complex and impacts every part of a person’s health. We need new treatments, therapies and approaches to ensure everyone living with diabetes can live a long, healthy and productive life. ADEA looks forward to contributing to the mission of ACADI,’ Ms Tellam said.

A/Professor Elif Ekinci said she was passionate about leading the Centre to deliver on its vision to improve the quality of life of people with diabetes.

‘As a clinical researcher I see the firsthand impact of diabetes every day including the serious complications of the condition,’ A/Professor Ekinci said.

‘Working with people with diabetes fuels my passion to deliver better healthcare and support through translational research and I’m excited to work with a great team of collaborators and partners across Australia to innovate and improve the health of millions of people.’

Download the press release: Diabetes sector welcomes funding for new research hub (PDF)


Diabetes Health Professionals Applaud the Release of the National Diabetes Strategy

released on 14 November 2021

The Australian Diabetes Educators Association (ADEA), which represents over 2,500 Credentialled Diabetes Educators (CDEs) and the Australian Diabetes Society (ADS), which represents more than 400 endocrinologists and research scientists, applaud the release of the long-awaited 2021-2030 Australian National Diabetes Strategy.

‘We are grateful to the Department of Health for releasing this much needed Strategy. The Australian National Diabetes Strategy and its subsequent implementation will have a drastic impact on improving the health of people living with diabetes,‘ said ADEA President Tracey Tellam. ‘Improving diabetes care in Australia requires focus on prevention of diabetes, early intervention and the strengthening of the workforce.’

‘We commend Minister Hunt, and the dedicated professionals of the Department of Health on the release of this Strategy and thank them for their leadership. While this is an important beginning, it is certainly not the end of the journey. The data is clear, without significant changes to the way diabetes is treated in Australia, the burden on the health system will continue to increase‘, said ADS President Steve Stranks. ‘The government must continue to prioritise increased investment in research and diabetes technology.’

This is an essential first step in improving diabetes care in Australia. Until MBS adequately covers prediabetes and gestational diabetes, as well as the referral of every person diagnosed and living with diabetes or prediabetes to a CDE, there is more work to be done. The implementation plan which will follow will be critical for ensuring that the National Diabetes Strategy achieves its purposes. Both ADEA and ADS look forward to working closely with the Department of Health to ensure it does.


ADEA members vote in favour of unification

released on 12 August 2021

Both the Australian Diabetes Educators Association (ADEA) and the Australian Diabetes Society (ADS) have voted to unify with Diabetes Australia, Australia’s largest diabetes consumer group, at their AGM.

This is a pioneering step toward improving diabetes care and empowering those living with diabetes across Australia.

To learn more, we invite you to read the ADEA Media Release: Unification


Would you mind? This National Diabetes Week, raise your voice against diabetes stigma

released on 9 July 2021National Diabetes Week 2021: Would you mind? Raise your voice against diabetes stigma

National Diabetes Week runs from 11 July-18 July. This year’s national campaign will focus on countering diabetes stigma. Diabetes stigma is a barrier to optimal self-care that can have negative psychological, behavioural, and physical consequences.

Diabetes has some image problems. People with diabetes report feeling blamed for developing the condition, stigma around the use of insulin, feeling judged on their food choices, and a range of other issues.

To learn more, please see:


ADEA releases the Diabetes Pathways, a tool for navigating the health system with diabetes, for GPs and people living with diabetes

released on 5 July 2021

Diabetes Referral Pathways: download the PDFs to always have them at hand when you need them

The Australian Diabetes Educators Association is pleased to announce the Diabetes Pathways. These carefully curated documents provide guidance for the care of people living with diabetes, showing the milestones on a person’s journey from diagnosis through the lifespan of diabetes management.

Read the full news release here: ADEA Diabetes Pathways Media Release 5 July 2021


Media enquiries

If you require further information about our news releases or have questions for us, please contact our Communications team: communications@adea.com.au

ADEA news releases

Diabetes sector welcomes funding for new research hub

released on 14 January 2022

Australia’s leading diabetes organisations welcome the Federal Government’s announcement of $10 million in funding over four years to establish the new Australian Centre for Accelerating Diabetes Innovation (ACADI) at the University of Melbourne.

The ACADI will be a new virtual research centre connecting research hubs from around Australia and will link in with key industry partners and diabetes organisations to help develop new treatments, technologies and behavioural interventions to help meet the challenges of the diabetes epidemic.

Diabetes Australia Group CEO Justine Cain said the announcement highlighted the Federal Government’s commitment to supporting people with diabetes.

‘The research priorities for the Centre include diabetes-related kidney disease, peripheral neuropathy and other foot-related issues as well as acute complications of diabetes, specifically hypoglycaemia and ketoacidosis,’ Ms Cain said.

‘It will provide a platform to accelerate the translation of clinical research into real world therapies and technologies that improve the lives of people with diabetes.

‘Diabetes Australia will be working in partnership with ACADI to ensure its research is closely aligned to the needs of people with diabetes and the diabetes workforce.

‘I’d like to thank Health Minister Hon. Greg Hunt and the Federal Government for recognising how important this program is.

‘I’d also like to congratulate A/Professor Elif Ekinci who will be leading ACADI. Elif is one of Australia’s leading diabetes researchers and her expertise and passion will be integral to the Centre’s success. I understand it was a highly competitive bid process, lead by Elif, and we are very pleased with the outcome.”

Australian Diabetes Society CEO A/Professor Sof Andrikopoulos said the Centre would drive innovation in diabetes research.

‘We have world class diabetes researchers in Australia and this Centre will help do exactly what it’s name says – accelerate innovation across all aspects of diabetes research,” A/Professor Andrikopoulos said.

‘I’m excited to see the impact this has on the way we support people with diabetes in Australia.’

Australian Diabetes Educators Association President Tracey Tellam said research and innovation were crucial to meeting the challenges of the diabetes epidemic.

‘Diabetes is complex and impacts every part of a person’s health. We need new treatments, therapies and approaches to ensure everyone living with diabetes can live a long, healthy and productive life. ADEA looks forward to contributing to the mission of ACADI,’ Ms Tellam said.

A/Professor Elif Ekinci said she was passionate about leading the Centre to deliver on its vision to improve the quality of life of people with diabetes.

‘As a clinical researcher I see the firsthand impact of diabetes every day including the serious complications of the condition,’ A/Professor Ekinci said.

‘Working with people with diabetes fuels my passion to deliver better healthcare and support through translational research and I’m excited to work with a great team of collaborators and partners across Australia to innovate and improve the health of millions of people.’

Download the press release: Diabetes sector welcomes funding for new research hub (PDF)


Diabetes Health Professionals Applaud the Release of the National Diabetes Strategy

released on 14 November 2021

The Australian Diabetes Educators Association (ADEA), which represents over 2,500 Credentialled Diabetes Educators (CDEs) and the Australian Diabetes Society (ADS), which represents more than 400 endocrinologists and research scientists, applaud the release of the long-awaited 2021-2030 Australian National Diabetes Strategy.

‘We are grateful to the Department of Health for releasing this much needed Strategy. The Australian National Diabetes Strategy and its subsequent implementation will have a drastic impact on improving the health of people living with diabetes,‘ said ADEA President Tracey Tellam. ‘Improving diabetes care in Australia requires focus on prevention of diabetes, early intervention and the strengthening of the workforce.’

‘We commend Minister Hunt, and the dedicated professionals of the Department of Health on the release of this Strategy and thank them for their leadership. While this is an important beginning, it is certainly not the end of the journey. The data is clear, without significant changes to the way diabetes is treated in Australia, the burden on the health system will continue to increase‘, said ADS President Steve Stranks. ‘The government must continue to prioritise increased investment in research and diabetes technology.’

This is an essential first step in improving diabetes care in Australia. Until MBS adequately covers prediabetes and gestational diabetes, as well as the referral of every person diagnosed and living with diabetes or prediabetes to a CDE, there is more work to be done. The implementation plan which will follow will be critical for ensuring that the National Diabetes Strategy achieves its purposes. Both ADEA and ADS look forward to working closely with the Department of Health to ensure it does.


ADEA members vote in favour of unification

released on 12 August 2021

Both the Australian Diabetes Educators Association (ADEA) and the Australian Diabetes Society (ADS) have voted to unify with Diabetes Australia, Australia’s largest diabetes consumer group, at their AGM.

This is a pioneering step toward improving diabetes care and empowering those living with diabetes across Australia.

To learn more, we invite you to read the ADEA Media Release: Unification


Would you mind? This National Diabetes Week, raise your voice against diabetes stigma

released on 9 July 2021National Diabetes Week 2021: Would you mind? Raise your voice against diabetes stigma

National Diabetes Week runs from 11 July-18 July. This year’s national campaign will focus on countering diabetes stigma. Diabetes stigma is a barrier to optimal self-care that can have negative psychological, behavioural, and physical consequences.

Diabetes has some image problems. People with diabetes report feeling blamed for developing the condition, stigma around the use of insulin, feeling judged on their food choices, and a range of other issues.

To learn more, please see:


ADEA releases the Diabetes Pathways, a tool for navigating the health system with diabetes, for GPs and people living with diabetes

released on 5 July 2021

Diabetes Referral Pathways: download the PDFs to always have them at hand when you need them

The Australian Diabetes Educators Association is pleased to announce the Diabetes Pathways. These carefully curated documents provide guidance for the care of people living with diabetes, showing the milestones on a person’s journey from diagnosis through the lifespan of diabetes management.

Read the full news release here: ADEA Diabetes Pathways Media Release 5 July 2021


Media enquiries

If you require further information about our news releases or have questions for us, please contact our Communications team: communications@adea.com.au