The Australian Diabetes Educators Association (ADEA) and the Australian Diabetes Society (ADS) have both voted to unify with the national consumer group Diabetes Australia.
The decision aims to strengthen the diabetes community and follows the merger of former State and Territory diabetes organisations with the national body.
A statement from the societies said the move “will create one powerful voice that will help improve diabetes management, education services, research, and advocacy to make a real difference for people living with diabetes and their carers.”
“This is a pioneering step toward improving diabetes care and empowering those living with diabetes across Australia,” said ADEA President, Tracey Tellam.
“The unification of health professionals and consumers creates a unique voice that promises a new era in diabetes care in Australia. We are excited to be in the forefront as we work together to amplify the voice of diabetes care in Australia.”
ADS and ADEA will each maintain their own Board, budget and personnel but the unification will enable stronger integration of policy and advocacy efforts and reduce duplication, ADS President Steve Stranks said.