The number of Victorians living with diabetes now matches the number attending the annual Melbourne Cup carnival. “With more than 70 Victorians developing diabetes every day, there is an ever-growing need to help affected people to live well with this chronic health condition,” says Diabetes Victoria CEO, Craig Bennett.
This is why Diabetes Victoria will be connecting the diabetes community at Diabetes Expo, a full-day event where thousands of affected Victorians will have a great opportunity to hear the latest health advice from top healthcare experts on how to manage, or even prevent, this relentless condition.
Diabetes Expo will take place on 25 February at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre, featuring high-profile speakers and showcasing the latest products and services for people with diabetes.
Diabetes is one of the largest global health emergencies of the 21st century. Worldwide, 415 million adults have diabetes, with an additional 318 million at risk. In Australia, around 1.7 million people are living with diabetes, with a further 280 developing diabetes every day. Majority have type 2 diabetes – it’s often referred to as the ‘silent killer’, because the damage it does can stay hidden for years.
“If diabetes was a country, it would be the world’s third largest,” Mr Bennett continues. “Each year, more and more people live with this condition, which can result in life-changing complications. Diabetes Expo provides an opportunity for anyone to come along and hear from a range of speakers whom are all highly regarded in their fields. Diabetes Expo is an important event for anybody either living with, affected by, or at risk of developing diabetes.”
Diabetes Expo features some of the following high-profile speakers: Susan Alberti AC , business identity and philanthropist; Dr Andrew Rochford, Seven Network’s National Medical Editor; Nicole French, Senior Accredited Exercise Physiologist; Dr Jane Overland, Nurse Practitioner and Clinical Associate Professor at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital; and Dr Bernie Crimmins, GP focusing on men’s health and former Hawthorn team doctor.
Some of the Diabetes Expo topics include demystifying diets, type 1 and type 2 diabetes management, physical activity for better health, men’s health and diabetes, and women’s health and diabetes.
Expo exhibitors will showcase the latest technologies, products and services in diabetes. Free product samples, show bags and cooking demonstrations are included in the entry price, plus the chance to win some fantastic prizes.
Diabetes Victoria members can attend for free. Registration fee for non-members is $25. Call 1300 136 588 to register, or go to: diabetesvic.org.au