ADEA Honorary Life Membership Award
2018 ADEA Honorary Life Membership Award
At the Australasian Diabetes Congress 2018, Credentialled Diabetes Educator Jayne Lehmann received the ADEA Honorary Lifetime Membership award. ADEA has a chat with her on her exceptional contribution to diabetes care, education and disability.
ADEA: First and foremost, congratulations, Jayne on receiving the ADEA Honorary Life Membership Award! What does receiving this award mean to you and how does it make you feel?
Jayne: On the day I was speechless which is very unusual! The award means the world to me, especially as I am self-employed and work mostly on my own. I’ve gained a sense of validation for my work and leadership, especially my involvement in the ADEA and disability care. Such a career honour is rare and together with the flood of congratulatory messages I’ve received – it has been very heartwarming.
ADEA: What made you begin this journey as a Credentialled Diabetes Educator?
Jayne: I worked on the diabetes ward (6B) at Flinders Medical Centre in 1985, after finishing my Graduate Nurse year. I found I enjoyed working with people with diabetes and wanted to work as a specialist nurse as the autonomy and breadth of the specialty in diabetes was very appealing. I relieved the diabetes educator for her holidays and then in 1986 I was appointed to the newly created position of Clinical Nurse in the Diabetes Education Unit.
ADEA: You have done a lot of work in diabetes and disability. What motivates you to start and continue this work?
Jayne: I have three daughters and Sarah, our middle daughter, has Dravet Syndrome (causes unstable epilepsy, crouched gait, severe intellectual disability, communication disorder and behaviour challenges.) Sarah is now 24 years old and lives in 24hr supported accommodation; her life and our contact with the ‘disability world’ has taught me a lot and made me see the world differently. I was angry that people with an intellectual disability were not able to access the same quality care others take for granted. Sarah inspired me to combine 24 years of disability experience gained from caring for her needs with 32 years of diabetes care and education expertise to improve diabetes health care and education of people with an intellectual disability. It has been exciting to see barriers to quality healthcare being broken down for people with an intellectual disability to access the care others take for granted. Sarah’s life has been a great teacher and inspiration in my practice of truly person centred care.
ADEA: What was the most memorable moment in your many years as a CDE?
Jayne: Wow … that’s a hard one. The costumes at the annual conference dinner?! The thousands of people who have allowed me to be a part of their unique diabetes journey.
ADEA: Can you offer some words of wisdom to our members?
Jayne: Greet people with the expectation you will work beside them as they care for their diabetes; listen to what they say so they feel they are heard; support and motivate them to act on their plan of care; be there when life has got too hard and managing their diabetes is not their highest priority; let them tell you how they want to use the knowledge and skills you share with them; support and empower in order to set them up for success in managing what is often a very frustrating and challenging condition.
ADEA: Thank you so much for sharing your story with us, Jayne. Nomination for Honorary Life Membership will open in May 2019. Watch this space for more details.
Current Honorary Life Members
- Jan Alford
- George Barker
- Ruth Colagiuri
- Shirley Cornelius
- Lesley Cusworth
- Patricia Dunning
- Rhonda Griffiths
- Gillian Harris
- David Irvine
- Gloria Kilmartin
- Jayne Lehmann
- Edwina Macoun
- Ann Morris
- Kaye Neylon
- Judy Reinhardt
- Michelle Robins
- Coral Shankley
- Helen Turley
- Maureen Unsworth
- Bettine Wild
- Erica Wright