Group united on di­a­betes

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Health - By CAITLIN TILLER

MOS­MAN Park res­i­dent Tammy Mo­ran is tak­ing the world stage to ad­vo­cate for Aus­tralians liv­ing with di­a­betes at World Di­a­betes Congress.

Di­a­betes WA am­bas­sador Ms Mo­ran rep­re­sented Aus­tralian di­a­bet­ics in Van­cou­ver at the In­ter­na­tional Di­a­betes Fed­er­a­tion (IDF) Young Lead­ers in Di­a­betes pro­gram.

She said she was “ex­tremely over­whelmed and hon­oured” to be voted Re­gional Chair Elect for the Western Pa­cific re­gion in De­cem­ber.

“To be a spokes­woman for di­a­betes is so very hum­bling,” she said.

“While Aus­tralia is an amaz­ing coun­try, we still have our part to play in mak­ing sure ev­ery sin­gle per­son liv­ing with di­a­betes is sup­ported and that they fully un­der­stand what this con­di­tion en­tails.”

The Young Lead­ers in Di­a­betes pro­gram raises aware­ness for di­a­betes and en­cour­ages coun­cil mem­bers to counter dis­crim­i­na­tion and ad­vo­cate ac­cess to med­i­ca­tion and tech­nol­ogy.

Ms Mo­ran, who was di­ag­nosed with type 1 di­a­betes when she was eight, will work with cur­rent re­gional chair for two years to sup­port and fa­cil­i­tate di­a­betes ad­vo­cacy in the Western Pa­cific re­gion.

“There are sen­sa­tional peo­ple who are al­ready chang­ing govern­ment poli­cies, in­di­vid­u­als’ minds and their coun­try’s view point on di­a­betes – young minds who are de­sign­ing and sell­ing di­a­betes equip­ment and those who are heav­ily into re­search,” she said.

“We are a pow­er­ful, en­er­getic and pas­sion­ate group of peo­ple from around the world and we are united in our cause.”

Ms Mo­ran said one of her goals was to see each of the 26 coun­tries in the IDF Western Pa­cific re­gion rep­re­sented at the next World Di­a­betes Congress.

Pic­ture: Richard Wat­son

Di­a­betes WA am­bas­sador Tammy Mo­ran.

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