November 14 isn’t just another Monday – it’s World Diabetes Day! Organised by the International Diabetes Federation, this annual event aims to raise global awareness about diabetes and diabetes-related complications. This year’s event is called “Eyes on Diabetes” and it’s all about getting screened for type 2 diabetes early in order to prevent complications like diabetic retinopathy.
Get on top of your, and your loved ones’ health, and meet up with others who are living with diabetes by getting involved with these World Diabetes Day events near you:
DIABTES NSW & ACT
WHAT: Free eye-health checks for the public, hosted by OPSM and Diabetes NSW & ACT.
WHERE: Martin Place, Sydney; Wynyard Park, Sydney.
WHEN: Monday, November 14, 12pm-2pm.
WHAT: EXPOsing diabetes – an in-depth education session for people with type 2 diabetes, presented by healthcare professionals. Topics include diabetes and exercise, blood glucose monitoring and healthy eating.
WHERE: Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre, Broadbeach.
WHEN: Saturday, November 12, 8.30am-2.30pm.
WHAT: A meet-and-greet with members of Diabetes SA, who will be answering questions about type 2 diabetes prevention, and living well with diabetes.
WHERE: Rundle Mall, near Stephens Place, Adelaide
WHEN: Monday, November 14, 8.30am-2.00pm.
WHAT: The northern façade of the Royal Exhibition Building will be lit up in blue – the colour of the International Diabetes Federation.
WHERE: Royal Exhibition Building, Melbourne.
WHEN: Monday, November 14, 8pm.
WHAT: Celebrities, politicians, school groups, healthcare workers and Diabetes WA staff will be wearing round, blue glasses (the symbol of the International Diabetes Federation) to raise awareness about getting tested for type 2 diabetes.
WHERE: All across WA.
WHEN: All day Monday, November 14.
For more information about World Diabetes Day events in your state or territory, contact your local branch of Diabetes Australia. And, to assess your type 2 diabetes risk, take the Australian Type 2 Diabetes Risk quiz.