Afternoon tea to thank diabetes study volunteers in Fremantle Diabetes Study group


Associate Professor Wendy Davis during the afternoon tea held to thank participants of the Fremantle Diabetes Study. Picture: Anneke Burlinson
Associate Professor Wendy Davis during the afternoon tea held to thank participants of the Fremantle Diabetes Study. Picture: Anneke Burlinson

AN afternoon tea was held to thank participants of a massive study on diabetes.

The Fremantle Diabetes Study (FDS) was established by the husband and wife team of Professor Tim Davis and Associate Professor Wendy Davis in the early 90s.

Close to 3000 men and women with diabetes were recruited and volunteered for the study over the following two decades, filling out questionnaires, giving samples and attending interviews.

Retired nurse Beverley Hawke was one participant.

“I heard about the study and contacted them to say I wanted to take part,” she said.

“I want to know everything about my diabetes and the continuous monitoring has certainly helped me to remain in good health.”

The study led to many discoveries and has been shared worldwide countless times through peer-reviewed and recognised publications.

While active participation has finished, the large amount of data available and its connection to the WA Health Data Linkage System will ensure it is useful into the future