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What is DiaBuddies?

DiaBuddies supports children living with type 1 diabetes and their parents and carers to feel connected, confident and part of a community.

When your child is diagnosed with type 1 diabetes mellitus, it’s normal to feel different, afraid and worried. DiaBuddies offers fun events, informative educational sessions and a safe space to connect with other families on the journey with a child living with type 1 diabetes.

You don’t have to deal with your child’s diagnosis on your own. Managing type 1 diabetes in children is much easier when you have a strong support system.

DiaBuddies has been made possible through the generous support of our major donor Future Generation Australia and the Doug Rawle Trust.

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DiaBuddies Events

Register for one of our events tailored for children with type 1 diabetes and their families.


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Join the DiaBuddies Online Community

A place for parents and carers with children living with type 1 to connect, ask questions and feel supported.

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Receive information about upcoming events, practical tips and resources to help manage diabetes.

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DiaBuddies events & programs

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DiaBuddies Online event – 

Children’s Fun with Lego

    4:30pm - 5:30pm   |  Wednesday 20 July, 2022

   Online - NSW / ACT

Do you enjoy building with Lego and making your own unique creations? Join us for a live interactive session with instructors from Bricks 4 Kids. Using your own bricks at home, these talented Lego instructors will show us how to have fun while constructing some amazing Lego creations!

Siblings, parents and carers are all welcome to join in the fun.

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DiaBuddies Day - Port Macquarie, NSW

  11:00am - 2:30pm  |  Saturday 30 July, 2022

  Planet X, 10 Chestnut Road, Port Macquarie

Ready to get rolling? Enjoy the afternoon gliding and twirling in the only indoor skating rink in the North Coast. Choose between retro quad skates or inline blades.

There will also be the opportunity to join in on a fun game of Bazooka Ball, a hybrid paintball/Nerf gun style activity that is suitable for all ages. There will also be educational talks and resources to increase confidence and connections.


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DiaBuddies Online event – Parents and Carers: Diabetes Technology Q&A with special guest David Burren

  12:00pm - 1:00pm |  Wednesday 24 August, 2022

   Online - NSW / ACT

Diabetes technology blog writer David Burren aka ‘The Bionic Wookiee’ has been living with type 1 diabetes for nearly 40 years and along the way road-tested many diabetes management products. In this session David will share tips based on his experience using diabetes technologies, along with a credentialled diabetes educator who will join us. You will also have the opportunity to ask the panel questions and share your experiences.

This event is for parents and carers of children with type 1 diabetes.

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DiaBuddies Online event – Children’s
Chemistry Show with flare! 

  4:30pm - 5:30pm  | Wednesday 31 August, 2022

   Online - NSW / ACT

Join Fizzics Education for a Chemistry Show with Flare! This session will be coordinated by Fizzics Education who will be running a live interactive online science workshop! See bubbling dry ice, colour changing chemical reactions, glow in the dark pigments, elephants toothpaste, stringy slimes, different coloured flames and more!

Siblings, parents and carers are all welcome to join in the fun.


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Online program - Family and friends: Looking after a child with diabetes

  Any time  |  1 hour duration

   Online - NSW / ACT

An online education program designed for babysitters, grandparents, and nannies who care for a child with type 1 diabetes.

As a family member, friend, babysitter or nanny, you may be asked to look after a child with type 1 diabetes. Type 1 diabetes does add extra considerations, planning and care. However, this online training will provide you with the information you need to feel confident to look after a child with type 1 diabetes.

What parents say ...

“Please continue these events as it helps our children connect and feel like they can do anything. Today’s session with Bill Hope was great! Engaging and interactive.”

Online Children's event

“Thankyou. It was brilliant. Chris was such an inspiration and has really helped me. It really helped me overcome a lot of uncertainty I had around sports and high bgl and effects of the same.”

Online Parents & Carers event

“It has helped my child to make new friendships and helped myself as parent to understand more from other parents. Great day!”

Face-to-Face family event

Useful resources

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As 1 diabetes

Information about type 1 diabetes for kids, teens, parents, carers and schools.

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Diabetes in schools

A program designed to help kids with type 1 diabetes thrive at school.

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Empowering stories from others on the journey living with type 1 diabetes.

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