So it’s been a busy time here in Adelaide. As part of #DApeoplesvoice at the Australasian Diabetes Congress #18adc I’ve been to two product launches, presented at a symposium on co-design and tweeted my heart out at a full day of sessions and it’s only the first day!
So a few of the major things from day 1:
The tslim pump has launched in Australia (more on this later) but suffice to say it has all the features but a really small size. It looks set to be very popular. I put my money on Frank Sita being one of the first to switch over!
Diabetes Australia has stepped bravely into the low carb ‘discussions’ by issuing a position statement. https://static.diabetesaustralia.com.au/s/fileassets/diabetes-australia/8b4a8a54-f6b0-4ce6-bfc2-159686db7983.pdf
After tackling low carb I guess they decided “in for a penny in for a pound” and have tackled DIY diabetes tech as well. It’s refreshing to see that there is a patient focused approach in which the main point is that health care professionals shouldn’t abandon patients who are using this tech.
Some interesting sessions on hypos. There seems to be generalised agreement that the correlation between low a1c and severe hypos observed in the DCCT is no longer relevant. New insulins, new tech enable improved a1cs and reduced hypos.
Its a slow burn to get the voices of people with diabetes into the conversation. I think this year is a little easier than last year. The co-design symposium at which Renza, Frank and I presented got some really positive responses, thanks to Renza and Kirsty Bell for organising this.
Its been so great as always to spend time with some of the tribe.
More info including some tech updates coming soon.