• Dr Alison Nankervis and Diabetes Australia-Victoria’s then head of Diabetes Education, Trish Streitberger, identified a gap in services for young adults with diabetes in 1997, and supported a gathering to be led by young adults themselves.
  • The first dinner was attended by 15 young adults in January 1998
  • A printed newsletter, Yada Yada began production in 1998 and continued for 15 issues
  • A website and an online community was created in 1999.
  • The Inaugural Summit of Young Adults with Diabetes was held in 1998, and similar conferences were held in 1999, 2000 and 2003.
  • A partnership with the Royal Melbourne Hospital provided office and meeting facilities in 2001 – 2004, and led to a collaborative project to review Transition Services .
  • In 2003, Kate Gilbert was a Victorian finalist in the Young Australian of the Year Awards for her work to establish the network.
  • A grant from the Australian government in 2003-04 culminated in the production of a major educational resource the Starter Kit for Adults Newly-Diagnosed with Diabetes, which continues to be distributed throughout Australia free of charge thanks to corporate sponsorship
  • Researching the experience of living with Type 1 diabetes and health service utilisation became a focus from 2005 with papers accepted by major conferences including the World Diabetes Congress 2006 and the Australasian Health Services & Policy Research Conference 2007 and being an invited speaker at the World Diabetes Congress 2009 in Montreal.
  • The World Diabetes Congress came to Melbourne in 2013.  Type 1 Diabetes Network hosted a stall to launch the redesigned Starter Kit and new website, and to meet stakeholders face-to-face.  Pancreas-shaped chocolates were the conversation piece of the conference!

 

In 2011, Katrina Hodges, a Masters of Public History student, conducted a social history research project using the Type 1 Diabetes Network as her subject organisation.  She examined the network’s activities, blogs, forums and meeting information, and conducted oral history interviews with present and past members.  A short summary version of her 8000 word report is available to read here.