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A final farewell

The vision to build a long term sustainable income stream saw the Association venture into unchartered territory through the formation of a partnership with Savers Australia some seven years ago.

Starting out with a unique brand, an ambassador in Amanda Blair the former 5AA announcer and our iconic blue bag we set about to provide a routine and convenient service to households enabling people to donate their unwanted goods to Diabetes SA. Starting originally in the metropolitan area this was later expanded to country/regional areas as demand increased

Parallel to this Savers opened their first store at Noarlunga in 2011, and then two further stores followed in 2013 (Modbury) and in 2015 (Kilburn). Product supply increased and this required Diabetes SA to create new collection strategies to manage demand by Savers.

It was during this time that the Donate and Educate programs were developed and saw the Association partner with pre-schools, schools, work places to provide a blue bin to collect donations and later with real estate and moving and storage companies and dry cleaners. The support and generosity afforded to the Association has been overwhelming with over 4,000,000 kilos of donated items collected as we travelled the many thousands of kilometres of this wonderful state. We have certainly been privileged to work with so many generous people during our time and it really does amplify the generosity that exists in the South Australian community.

Whilst our clothing collection journey now ends we would hope that you continue to support the work of the Association in raising awareness of diabetes and in supporting all people living with diabetes in South Australia.

From the Board of Management and Staff at Diabetes SA — thank you for your support.

To our clothing collection staff, thank you for your hard work and dedication.

As one of our regular donors commented: "The customer service was impeccable, friendly, helpful and courteous. Nothing was too much trouble. I will always remember this as a reliable and punctual service and that the items donated have assisted the Association in some small way."


Above: Members Rob and Jane Smitheram with Scott Mates, Clothing Collection Manager


Mental Health Professionals’ Network, Adelaide Diabetes & Mental Health Network Meeting

"Diabetes Burn Out" and how to re-engage with patients within the mental health stepped care plan

mhpn-logoThis network event is open to all GPs and mental health professionals & agencies working in the area. Members are encouraged to invite a colleague to join the network and attend this meeting.

This session will include case presentations where patients in the emergency department with chronic illness, in particular diabetes, have reached "burn out" or the point of no longer feeling motivated to address their chronic disease. Sharon will provide an overview of the steps involved in re-engaging such patients in addressing their chronic disease, as well as local referral pathways and services available as part of the mental health stepped care approach.

Sharon will also discuss how to identify at risk groups – signs to look for, and how practitioners can help to prevent burn out and ending up in health crisis / the emergency department.

The session will also include an interactive case study session where attendees will work in small groups to discuss cases and feedback how they would address such situations with their patients/clients.

Guest Speaker 

  • Sharon Brown – Credentialed Mental Health Nurse, Mental Health Team Leader at Flinders Hospital Emergency (click here for more details).


  • Cindy Tolba – Accredited Pharmacist & Credentialled Diabetes Educator
  • Fiona Benton – General Manager, Diabetes SA
  • Anne Fleming – Health Services Manager, Diabetes SA

Event details

  • Date: Monday, 7 August 2017
  • Time: 5:45 pm for 2.25 hours


  • 5:45pm – 6:20pm: Networking and refreshments, welcome and housekeeping
  • 6:20pm – 7:00pm: Case study presentations
  • 7:00pm – 8:00pm: Interactive case study discussions and feedback to the group
  • 8:00pm: Meeting close

More information

  • Venue: Diabetes SA 159 Sir Donald Bradman Drive Hilton SA 5033
  • Parking at rear of the building is available, or there is plenty of on street parking.
  • Access by the door on Sir Donald Bradman Drive.
  • Catering: Refreshments will be provided.

RSVP essential

  • Register: to MHPN Project Officer, Angela Miller: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it 03 8662 6643
  • Click here for more details

Urgent medical device recall for product correction

No product return is required
MiniMed® 640G Insulin Infusion Pump (ARTG 95763)
Temporary Unresponsive Keypad

Medtronic, in consultation with the TGA is initiating a Recall for Product Correction (TGA Reference number RC-2017-RN-00661-1) for its MiniMed 640G insulin pumps. Please note that pumps are not being recalled from the market.

The purpose of this article is to inform you of a rare and temporary condition potentially affecting some of users' MiniMed 640G insulin pump. We do ask that you read the important information below to help you understand when this situation might happen, and how it can be resolved. Medtronic are proactively providing this information to patients who currently have a MiniMed 640G series insulin pump, as well.

How does the keypad become temporarily unresponsive?

Keypad buttons on the MiniMed 640G series insulin pumps may become temporarily unresponsive when the atmospheric pressure around the pump increases or decreases rapidly. This would most likely happen when traveling in an airplane during take-off or landing. If this happens, in most cases a patient may not even notice because the pump will resolve this on its own.

How will patients notice if this happens to their pump?

During this temporary situation, a button may be too difficult to press down or a button can look like it is pressed and stuck in that position.

If patients notice the keypad buttons are difficult to press down, the pump will continue to deliver basal insulin. They may not be able to program a bolus or suspend delivery as the buttons temporarily will not press down, but this will resolve on its own, usually within 30 minutes.

If a button is stuck in a pressed position, after three (3) minutes a "Stuck Button" alarm is triggered which suspends insulin delivery (including basal insulin). Patients may not be able to clear the alarm as the keypad is unresponsive. In the rare situation where this continues for more than ten (10) minutes, the pump will begin to siren.

Once the alarm is triggered and insulin is suspended, patients will be unable to program a bolus or resume insulin delivery until the alarm is cleared.

The above could theoretically result in hypo or hyper glycaemia - close monitoring is advised and use of emergency kit insulin or disconnection of device may be required.

What should patients do if this happens to their pump?

If patients experience this temporary keypad condition, and want to resolve it immediately to bolus or clear the alarm, they have to remove the battery cap from the pump and then place it back on.

PLEASE NOTE: Patients should have a fresh new AA battery available in case their pump prompts to insert a new battery.

What if I have more questions?

If you have other questions or concerns, you can find an FAQ and a copy of the patient letter, click here.


And the winners are...

winners-are-grinners-2017Thank you to all Diabetes SA members supporters who took part in the 2017 Winners Are Grinners Lottery.

The draw took place on Friday 9 June 2017 at Diabetes SA at 1pm and the following tickets were the winners: 

2017 Winners Are Grinners Lottery:

First prize VW POLO 66TSI Trendline DSG auto, VALUED AT $23,169
Ticket number: 69989 

Second prize NZ CRUISE 13 night New Zealand Cruise for 2 people with Princess Cruises VALUED AT $5,399
Ticket number: 48875

Third prize $1,000 Westfield Voucher
Ticket number: 49566

Early Bird prize $1,000 – returned a complete sold book by 7 April 2017
Book number: 2543

VIP prize $1,000 – returned a pre-ordered, complete sold book
Book number: 1840

Congratulations to all of the lucky winners!

Join our VIP list

Increase your chances of winning by entering our VIP list

  • To avoid disappointment don't forget to register as a VIP for our next lottery commencing in August 2017.
  • Would you like to receive a number of books and get your workplace, sports or community club involved? Call 8354 5812 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Join our VIP list

Licence No M13253. Number of tickets 70,000. Conducted by Diabetes SA. Proceeds in aid of information, support and education. Drawn 1.00pm Friday 9 June 2017 at Diabetes SA. Results published in The Advertiser on Wednesday 14 June 2017.



Men's Health Week 

For Men's Health Week 2017 communities across Australia come together and create fun and engaging events, promotions and activities tailored to the needs of men and boys.

This year's theme "HEALTHY BODY – HEALTHY MIND: KEEPING THE BALANCE" explores the different ways men and boys are managing to keep healthy, physically and emotionally, in a busy and sometimes challenging world.

Click here to find out more.

COTA SA's Men's Health event

Come along and meet Diabetes SA at COTA SA's Men's Health event "Keeping the Balance – Healthy Mind, Healthy Body" on Wednesday 14 June, 9.30am – 12.30pm at COTA SA, 16 Hutt Street, Adelaide.

Come along and listen to six expert speakers discuss men's health, have a free health check from a health professional (bookings essential) and see Diabetes SA's Health Promotions Officer, Danielle for recipe cards, resources on diabetes and various healthy eating information as well as other information stalls on the day. RSVP your spot today via COTA SA on 8232 0422.

Click here to find out more.



Health Professional Seminar – The Highs and Lows of Carbohydrates

The NDSS and Diabetes SA Health Professional Seminar, 'The Highs and Lows of Carbohydrates' was conducted in the beautiful Adelaide Convention Centre City Rooms 1 & 2 on Friday 26 May 2017.

Associate Professor Grant Brinkworth, Principal Research Scientist, CSIRO

Associate Professor Grant Brinkworth presented the second year results from his clinical study which investigated the impact of a low carbohydrate, high unsaturated / low saturated fat diet, compared to a high unrefined carbohydrate and low fat diet in people living with type 2 diabetes.

Ms Sharaya Carter, APD and PhD candidate, University of South Australia

Sharaya Carter presented the results of the ongoing clinical trial that is investigating the effects of intermittent energy restriction compared to continuous energy restriction in people living with type 2 diabetes.

Honorary Professor Kerin O'Dea, University of South Australia

Professor Kerin O'Dea presented data on the nutritional composition and health benefits of the traditional diet of Australian Aboriginal people; which consisted of uncultivated plant foods, generally low glycaemic index carbohydrates that were high in fibre. Kerin will draw on her own research with communities in remote Australia, and also on early reports from South East Australia in the early years of English colonisation.


A general theme running through all presentations was that there is not a 'one size fits all' approach in terms of how we eat, be that low carbohydrate high fat, the 5:2 style of diet or a hunter-gatherer approach, and everything in between. There are so many variables to consider around food in terms of availability, accessibility and affordability, and this was raised by the presenters and audience as an issue. What the evidence presented does highlight is the need to promote high quality, less processed foods, regardless of whether the food is carbohydrate, fat or protein.

Click here to see more photos.









The National Diabetes Services Scheme (NDSS) is an initiative of the Australian Government administered with the assistance of Diabetes Australia.


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