It was World Diabetes Day on Tuesday 14th November.
The day is celebrated on Doctor Frederick Banting’s birthday.
Who is Frederick Banting you ask?
Doctor Frederick Banting is the Canadian researcher who discovered insulin, along with his colleague Professor John McLeod. For this ground breaking discovery Dr Banting and Professor McLeod were awarded the Nobel Prize in 1923.
Prior to the discovery of insulin and its therapeutic potential, Type 1 diabetes meant a swift and certain death.
Aurukun kicked of World Diabetes Day with a quiz during their staff meeting, which highlighted some famous Australians and Hollywood A-listers that are insulin dependent diabetics and almost 80 blue wristbands were given to clinic staff and clients to celebrate the day.
Meanwhile, in Cooktown, Apunipima Dietitian, Jazzy Marsh and Diabetes Educator, Maureen Toner joined Queensland Health staff for a full day Symposium “Women and Diabetes” via video link.
It was a great opportunity for professional development and networking with our partners in healthcare and the region.