World Diabetes Day 2020 – The Nurse and Diabetes

Some of the many ways we empower people to live well with diabetes.

World Diabetes Day 2020 – The Nurse and Diabetes

Each year on November 14, Diabetes SA join the global awareness campaign: World Diabetes Day (WDD). The date is significant as it marks the birthday of Sir Frederick Banting, who was responsible for the discovery of insulin, along with Charles Best in 1922. A real life changer for so many people.

The International Diabetes Federation (IDF) created WDD back in the 90’s, it now reaches over 1 billion people, drawing attention to the issues that impact over 416 million people who live with diabetes around the world. The campaign logo is a blue circle which signifies the unity of the diabetes community. Every year the campaign has a focus or theme, with the 2020 theme being The Nurse and Diabetes.

The Nurse and Diabetes aims to raise awareness around the crucial role that nurses play in supporting people living with diabetes.

According to the IDF, nurses currently account for over half of the global health workforce. They do outstanding work to support people living with a wide range of health concerns. People who either live with diabetes or are at risk of developing the condition need their support too.

There remains a significant need for more education and funding to equip nurses around the world with the skills to support people living with diabetes and those at risk of developing type 2 diabetes.



In Australia, nurses work across many areas where they will provide care to a person living with diabetes or at risk.

From the GP Practice to the Emergency Department, to the community setting, nurses play a key role in:

  • The recognition of diabetes to ensure prompt treatment.
  • Providing self-management education and psychological support for people living with diabetes with the aim of preventing complications.
  • Raising awareness of the risk factors for type 2 diabetes and providing education and support to help prevent the condition.

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