This week we have a few events happening in Sydney.
Australasian Diabetes Congress
This year the Congress runs from the 21st to the 23rd of August. It is not open to the average punter living with diabetes, but is targeted at “health professionals”. It is the annual meeting of the ADS (Australian Diabetes Society: primarily endocrinologists) and the ADEA (Australian Diabetes Educators Association).
Luckily for you there will be a team of “consumers” including myself at the congress. Diabetes Australia has its Peoples Voice team attending. I will publish selected news here across the coming weeks, and if you’re on Twitter you can follow along by watching the #DAPeoplesVoice and #19ADC hashtags.
At the 2018 congress (in Adelaide) we saw quite a few things happen, including:
- Medtronic announced their 670G pump.
- AMSL launched the Tandem t:slim X2 pump in Australia (and the V-Go pump for T2D).
- Ascensia launched the Contour Next One BG meter in Australia.
- Diabetes Australia launched their Position Statement on the use of DIY diabetes technology.
- I was one of the presenters of a symposium on DIY technology and “looping”. It was where the DA position statement was launched, and it’s described in the article linked above.
There were of course lots more things presented that year. This is just a small list. It will be interesting to see what comes out of this week, and I look forward to sharing some of them with you.
There are also a few other events happening this week in association with the Congress:
Diabetes Social Media Summit
This afternoon (from 1pm Australian Eastern Time) there will be a summit run in Sydney just prior to the congress. Last year I was able to attend in person, but today I need to be physically elsewhere. I will however be participating remotely.
Items on the agenda include: diabetes tech decision making (including making things available for people without the online networks we sometimes take for granted), advocating for funding/subsidy, and discussion of diabetes “complications” (an issue which affects us all, even if we’re currently free of those health impacts).
To follow along on Twitter, check out #OzDSMS.
Roche Educators Day
Today there’s also an all-day event for DEs. You can follow along any reporting on Twitter at #RED2019.
Through my involvement in the DAVoices program, in 2018 Diabetes Australia provided me with registration for the congress. In 2019 I’m already registered, and Diabetes Australia has provided me with transportation to Sydney. I receive no other compensation or grants for these activities.