A message from
Sturt Eastwood
CEO of Diabetes NSW & ACT

Our “280 a day” diagnosis campaign had:

226pieces of coverage citing

Diabetes NSW reaching over

11 million Australians

We've held 1,935 events across NSW & ACT



Our DiaBuddies Day events are for children living with type 1 diabetes, their families, friends and carers.

“The DiaBuddies Day was brilliant! The opportunity for families to network is invaluable ... many families exchanged phone numbers and have planned to meet again. I hope the organisers can get a sense of how worthwhile it is and continue to offer similar events in the future.” – Michele, Clinical Nurse Consultant, Illawarra Shoalhaven Diabetes Service. Attended DiaBuddies Day Illawarra.

My husband and I and both girls attended and had a great day. Diabetes has been very hard on my daughter and my marriage. In fact, the DiaBuddies day on Saturday was a turning point for James. He has been in denial since diagnosis and I have handled everything on my own. He finally "got it" thanks to you.” -Mother, attended DiaBuddies Day Homebush.

“It’s important these kids understand that having diabetes isn’t something that should change their way of life. There’s a lot of support around and Diabetes NSW do some wonderful work in the community.” -Sam Reid, GWS Giants AFL Team, speaking at DiaBuddies Day Homebush. Sam lives with type 1 diabetes.

Thanks to our members, donors and supporters we have achieved a lot,


in grant income


from events and expos


raised in sponsorship

Thanks to our members, donors and supporters we have achieved a lot,

578,000 interactions with members over the 15/16 financial year:

  • 240,000

    via our e-newletter

  • 80,000

    calls on the infoline

  • 200,000

    readers of Circle magazine

  • 1,200

    through forums

  • 700

    attended Expos and Events

  • 500

    kids attending DiaBuddies days

  • 6,000

    new-member packs sent out

  • 50,000

    member renewal

Thanks to our members, donors and supporters we have achieved a lot,

$4,613,095 has come from our fantastic donors

  • $1,356,779

    has come from our membership

  • $605,290

    in donations from our fantastic community

  • $299,954

    from appeals

  • $2,351,072

    from bequests


Diabetes NSW & ACT

Special Recognition Award
2015 Australian Growth Company Awards

Shannon Lin

Diabetes NSW & ACT
Dietitian & Diabetes Educator
International Society
of Endocrinology Travel
Fellowship Award

Each year Diabetes Australia presents the Kellion Victory Medal to those who have lived with type 1 diabetes for 50 years or more

50 years

  • Peter Dilworth
  • Donald Moore
  • Betty McQueen and carer Alexander McQueen
  • Donald Moore
  • Bronwyn Stevenson and carer Timothy Stevenson
  • Julie Humphreys and carer John Reid
  • Mary Seymour and carer Lindsay Basile
  • Ruth Woodley
  • Denise Ta and carer Maxwell Ta
  • Majorie Hyde
  • Nancye Evans
  • Susan Mullens
  • Doreen Barnard
  • Particia Fogrty
  • Valerie Blewitt and carer David Longmore
  • Ken Brown and carer Judy Brown
  • Jennifer Gambrill
  • Rodney Kay
  • Brian Myerson and carer Rita Myerson
  • Jonathan Rekunow and carer Barbara Rekunow

60 years

  • Cristene Motbey
  • Wallace Rolles and in memory of carer Aileen Rolles
  • Jeanette Thompson
  • Lionel O’Dempsey and carer Robyn O’Dempsey
  • Georey Fosbrooke and carer Rosie Gunn

70 years

  • June Forge
  • Joy Polman
  • Theresa Bailes

80 years

  • Robert Gibson

Diabetes Australia
Research Program


provided for 15 research
projects in NSW

Charles Perkins Centre


provided to the Stan Clark Fund
for diabetes research


We are grateful for the leadership and commitment of all of our ambassadors.

The 6 ambassadors on this page are a sample of the many people that give freely of themselves to assist and encourage people living with diabetes.

Click on an image to read their story.


Financial Year 2016

Statutory Accounts

Our Diabetes NSW & ACT Team

  • Kirstine Bell, Credentialed Diabetes Educator

    "I support people living with diabetes by working with them to help them better understand and manage their condition. By providing information, ideas, and recommendations, we work together to create an individualised management plan."
  • Thomas Laing, Exercise Physiologist

    "My role as an Exercise Physiologist involves creating exercise programs for people living with diabetes, helping them manage their condition and promote a healthy lifestyle."
  • Katie Allison, Accredited Practicing Dietitian

    "As an accredited practicing Dietitian I help people living with diabetes understand the relationship between food and the effect it has on their diabetes. Providing programs and resources, such as the Healthy Shopping Tour and diabetes friendly recipes, assists people to self-manage their diabetes."
  • Meaghan Huet, Direct Marketing Executive

    "I connect people living with diabetes and their loved ones to the benefits of membership with Diabetes NSW & ACT. When people become members they realise they aren’t alone. It’s amazing to see members interacting with others at the Live your Life Forums and how positive and grateful they are for resources like Circle and Dia-logue. I love facilitating their pathway to joining their community in NSW & ACT."
  • Jesse King, Development Officer

    "My role as Development Officer is to source grant funding for our essential programs. I promote our cause through relationship-building with potential funders, as well as writing content for internal and external publications. Our focus for 2015-16 has been raising funds and awareness for our exciting new programs supporting kids with type 1 diabetes and their families."
  • Melanie Lowe, Business Development Manager

    "My role is to nurture strong relationships with our corporate partners, together we can drive awareness for diabetes and provide much needed funds to support the diabetes community."
  • Emma Willams, Event Coordinator

    "As an Event Coordinator I not only help Diabetes NSW & ACT connect with the diabetes community but also those in our community connect with each other. Events provide a platform for building relationships, raising awareness, providing support and information that help those living with diabetes live their life."
  • Rozie Wong Gilles, Graphic Designer

    "I help people living with diabetes by using my graphic design skills to illustrate important health information, create engaging advocacy drives, and vital fundraising campaigns."


  • leo tutt


    BEc, LLB, FCA, CTA, MAICD Leo Tutt was appointed Chairperson of the Board of Directors of Diabetes NSW in November 2010, having served as a Director since 2001 and Vice President from 2004 until 2010. Leo is also director of Diabetes Australia and Glycemic Index Limited (GI Foundation). Leo holds a Bachelor of Economics degree and a Bachelor of Laws degree from the University of Sydney. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia, Chartered Tax Advisor of the Tax Institute and a Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. Leo leads the Audit & Assurance division and is a member of the Executive Board of William Buck, a leading Chartered Accounting and Business Advisory practice. Leo has extensive business experience including financial, operational and risk expertise, and specialises in providing services to ASX listed companies, SMEs and charitable organisations. Leo’s previous experience includes Partner of PwC and a Director of Price Waterhouse Retirement Fund. A people person, passionate about helping people, Leo’s drive is not just about creating success for his clients, but his community. Leo has a personal commitment to improving the lifestyle opportunities of people with diabetes.
  • sturt eastwood


    Bbus, MBA Sturt Eastwood became the Chief Executive Officer of Diabetes NSW in February 2014. Previously he was appointed to the Board of Diabetes NSW in November 2010. Mr Eastwood holds a Bachelor of Business (Marketing & Economics) and Master of Business Administration (Finance). He has held senior appointments both domestically and internationally at CEO and Managing Director levels in the technology, construction, marketing, business development, strategy and executive management domains working with telecommunication giants such as Telecom, Telstra and Vodafone. Sturt has held numerous Board positions including telecommunications and media organisation, Kordia Solutions, and multiple international Telstra and REACH entities.
  • dr bruce king

    Associate Professor Bruce King is a Senior Paediatric Endocrinologist at John Hunter Children’s Hospital, Newcastle. Bruce is part of a team that has innovated paediatric diabetes management. The team has focused on achieving good diabetes control while maintaining quality of life and minimising the impact of diabetes on families. Bruce is the secretary of the APEG diabetes subcommittee, member of the Australian Type 1 Diabetes Clinical Research Network, Chairperson of the Growth Hormone Advisory Committee and a member of Diabetes NSW Children’s Services Committee. Bruce’s research has been published in journals including Diabetes Care, Diabetes, Diabetes Medicine, BMJ online and Paediatric Diabetes. Bruce is now focused on the development of the closed loop insulin pump. He believes that the development of this technology will lead to significant improvement in the lives of people living with diabetes.
  • bruce hayman

    Bruce Hayman was appointed Vice President of Diabetes NSW in November 2010 having served as a board member since November 2006. With over 40 years commercial management experience and more than 20 years at operational chief executive/general management level, Bruce is the Chairman of Chartwell Management Services involved in strategic and operational planning and performance management programs. He is also a Director of the publicly listed building company AV Jennings Ltd and Chairman of two private companies including an affiliated body of the Sydney Adventist Hospital Foundation. Bruce has lived in Australia and Singapore and worked across many countries in the pharmaceutical, food distribution, property, manufacturing, liquor, hospitality, sporting and tourism industries. He has been recognised by Tourism Training Australia with a Platinum Award for his Contribution to Tourism in Australia. Bruce is a member of the Board Executive Committee and the Finance, Audit and Risk Management Committee (FARM) of Diabetes NSW.
    "I hope, through my Directorship of Diabetes NSW & ACT, I can assist in communicating the message that people with diabetes can manage their illness in a way that they can lead a fulfilling and contributive life."
  • liz hare

    Liz was appointed to the Board of Diabetes NSW in November 2011. She has been a member of Diabetes NSW for over 24 years and became an active member of the Albury Wodonga Diabetes Support Group in 2002. She currently edits Albury Wodonga’s support group newsletter. Ms Hare worked for fifteen years in the food industry in New Zealand, the United Kingdom and Australia in roles ranging from product development, quality assurance to production management. She also spent thirteen years working as a food industry trainer and food safety assessor in north east Victoria & southern New South Wales. Ms Hare was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes in 1989 and in 2009 became a JDRF Peer Support Volunteer, connecting with newly diagnosed Type 1 adults and helping them adjust to life with diabetes. She is also a founding member of Albury Wodonga Health’s Community Advisory Committee, formed in 2010 after the creation of Australia’s first cross-border regional health service. Ms Hare is passionate about improving the availability and range of diabetes services in remote and regional Australia, enabling all people with diabetes to enjoy happier and healthier lives no matter where they live.
  • nicole woloszuk

    Nicole holds a Master of Public Administration and a BA in Communications (Journalism). She has experience in strategic public relations, crisis media management, corporate event management, policy writing, strategic direction, and leadership. For the past two and a half years Nicole has been Manager of the Media Unit at Western Sydney Local Health District, managing media and internal communications for Blacktown, Mt Druitt, Auburn, Westmead and Cumberland Hospitals. Nicole spent several years in the NSW Police Force, generating and managing media campaigns for large-scale police operations, as well as managing media at crime scenes and facilitating media training for senior police officers. Having had diabetes for 23 years, Nicole has passion and experience in improving lifestyle, treatment, management and prevention for the community. She has been involved in diabetes initiatives at Western Sydney Local Health District and has promoted prevention messages for Diabetes Week in the media.
  • phil tuck

    BEc, BA, MAICD, ACIS, AIMM, CPA, F Fin, JP Phil was appointed to the Board of Diabetes NSW in June 2005. He holds a Bachelor of Economics and Bachelor of Arts from the University of Sydney. He is a Member of the Institute of Company Directors in Australia, Associate of Chartered Secretaries Australia, Member of the Australian Institute of Management, Member of CPA Australia, Fellow of the Financial Services Institute of Australasia and a Justice of the Peace. Phil is the Managing Director of Interim Executive Search and a specialist in the area of senior executive recruitment, working with a range of industries including the not-for-profit sector. With 22 years experience in executive search and recruitment, Phil has held senior positions with major Australian and international firms. Prior to entering the recruitment industry, Phil’s extensive business experience included IT, electronics, stock broking and funds management. Phil’s son was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes in 2004.
  • geraldine daley

    Geraldine is a practicing solicitor admitted to both the Supreme Court of New South Wales and the High Court of Australia. She holds a Master in Laws, and is an Accredited Specialist in her field. She is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. As an insatiable learner, she has undertaken further training in the areas of corporate governance, directors’ duties, bullying and harassment prevention, and employment and industrial law. Geraldine is a Director of Colin Daley Quinn Solicitors, an incorporated legal practice. Geraldine utilises her extensive experience as a Claims Assessor to manage disputes brought to the Claims Assessment and Resolution Service of the Motor Accidents Authority. Geraldine has past experience serving as a Director on the boards of the Law and Justice Foundation of NSW, the Law Society of NSW and various other corporate entities. She currently holds memberships to the Australian Institute of Company Directors and a variety of legal based committees. Her interest in the diabetes space stems from her own experiences.
    "Being a Director of Diabetes NSW & ACT provides me with an extraordinary opportunity to actively support and be involved in the amazing work of Diabetes NSW & ACT in taking action and making changes to improve the day-to-day lives of people living with Type 1 and Type 2 Diabetes."
  • john bell AM

    BPharm, FPS, FRPharmS, FACPP, MSHP John was appointed to the Board of Diabetes NSW in May 2001. He holds a Bachelor of Pharmacy degree, is a Fellow of the Pharmaceutical Society of Australia, Fellow of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society, Fellow of the Australian College of Pharmacy Practice and a Member of the Australian Society of Hospital Pharmacy. In 1993 he was appointed as a Member of the Order of Australia for services to Pharmacy. John is Vice President of the International Pharmaceutical Federation and Past President of the Commonwealth Pharmaceutical Association. He operates a community pharmacy practice in Sydney. Formerly the National President of the Pharmaceutical Society of Australia (PSA), he is now Principal Adviser to the PSA Self Care health information and training program supported by the pharmaceutical industry and the Australian and State Governments. John also serves on the national board of Australia Medic Alert Foundation, is a member of the Health Promotion Committee of Asthma NSW and honorary pharmacist to the Coeliac Society of Australia.
    Collaboration amongst people with diabetes and health care providers is key to achieving best possible health outcomes. My aim is to ensure these essential partnerships work most effectively - John Bell
  • kenneth boorman

    BCom (NSW), CA Kenneth was appointed Treasurer of Diabetes NSW in June 2005 having joined as a board member in May of that year. He is a Chartered Accountant and holds a Bachelor of Commerce (University of NSW). Kenneth is the Chief Executive of Junofield Pty Ltd, a Sydney-based management and financial accounting firm servicing chartered accounting organisations and other businesses in streamlining their work practices and reporting systems. With over 20 years experience in this field, Kenneth previously held the positions of Vice President and Controller of an international finance company and Finance Director for a major chartered accounting practice. In addition to chartered accounting firms, Kenneth assists a diverse range of organisations covering clothing manufacture, television production, education and the aged care industry. He is a member of the Board Executive Committee and Chairman of the Finance, Audit and Risk Management Committee (FARM) of Diabetes NSW.
    "My role as a Director of Diabetes NSW & ACT is ensuring good corporate governance and strong financial management."
  • arthur koumoukelis

    Public Notary


    Arthur Koumoukelis was appointed Vice President of Diabetes NSW in December 2007 having joined as a board member in June of that year. Arthur holds a Bachelor of Commerce, Bachelor of Laws and Master of Laws. He is a Fellow of the Taxation Institute of Australia and Graduate Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

    Arthur is a public notary and partner of Gadens Lawyers Australia in Sydney focusing on health and aged care as well as not-for-profit organisations. As an advisor to the aged care and retirement villages industries, he has a deep understanding of administrative law and the process of Government.

    He has conducted hearings on a wide range of commercial disputes in all major superior courts including the High Court of Australia and has conducted a leading case on Part IVA of the Income Tax Act.

    Arthur is a member of the Board Executive Committee of Diabetes NSW.

  • anna pino

    M Comm,Cert. Small Bus Man., Grad Dip Comp. Sc. (Psych.), BSc, GAICD

    Anna was appointed to the Board of Diabetes NSW in November 2012. She holds Graduate degrees in Science (Psychology), Information Technology (Systems Analysis) and a Masters Degree in Commerce. Ms Pino is also a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and a Harvard Alumni.

    Anna is CEO of Lighthouse Business Innovation Centre in Canberra, a unique and well respected business accelerator providing educational services, business advice and investment assistance to Start ups through to mature and established companies.

    Anna is also the current President of Diabetes ACT and a member of its Audit and Risk Committee. She also serves on a number of other not for profit and start up boards.

    Anna’s interest in diabetes stems from personal experience and the desire to improve both the understanding of the disease and the lives of those affected by it.

Thank you to all our volunteers

"Diagnosed with diabetes himself in 2003, Li-Yen always knew he would like to volunteer and a call from Diabetes NSW to thank him for his regular donations turned out to be the prompt that would see Li-Yen come on board as a volunteer.”


Our thanks to the support group network for
your tireless efforts in supporting people living with diabetes.

Our thanks to the families and friends of those who gave a lasting gift in their will to Diabetes NSW & ACT.

  • Elizabeth Adamson
  • Sarah Auld
  • Frederick William Bowers
  • William Justice Brown
  • Ann Muriel Coe
  • Ronald Conlon
  • Margaret Cox
  • Joyce Francis Crouch
  • Peter Dodd
  • Norma Doughan
  • Peter Etherington
  • John Gain
  • Mavis Caroline Garland
  • James William Gooden
  • Edna Lois McIntosh
  • William Thomas Melehan
  • Noela Newtown
  • Perinaygam Pather
  • Keith Plummer
  • Karl Posselt
  • Victor Seifert
  • Franz Stroh
  • Henry Swankie
  • Allan Thomson
  • James Turnbull Wallace
Message from
His Excellency General
The Honorable David Hurley AC DSC (Ret'd)
Governor of New South Wales

Living with and managing diabetes, in whatever form, is like having a 24 hour a day, 7 day a week job. And that makes it tough if you're one of the 400,000 people in NSW currently living with this condition.

As a Patron of Diabetes NSW, I have learned an enormous amount about the different forms diabetes takes, and the on-going education and support provided by Diabetes NSW.

What Diabetes NSW creates is a community of support that brings people living with diabetes and health professionals together to inspire each other, to achieve set goals and to take control of their health.

I am proud to be involved in an organisation that enables people living with diabetes to manage their health on a daily basis.

I am certain you will experience this record of their achievements over the past year and plans for the future as an inspiring story.

General The Honorable David Hurley AC DSC (Ret’d)
Governor of New South Wales

"What Diabetes NSW
creates is a community
of support that brings
people living with
diabetes and health
professionals together"

Message from

His Excellency General
The Honorable
David Hurley
AC DSC (Ret'd)

Governor of New South Wales

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