Stirling: Type 1 Diabetes Family Centre wins two national awards

Type 1 Diabetes Family Centre's diabetes educator Amy Rush.
Type 1 Diabetes Family Centre's diabetes educator Amy Rush.

STIRLING’S Type 1 Diabetes Family Centre is celebrating after picking up two big awards recently.

The centre was one of 10 charities across the country recognised for outstanding achievement at the Australian Charity Awards this month.

Last week, dietician Amy Rush was named National Credentialed Diabetes Educator of the Year at the Australasian Diabetes Congress held in Adelaide.

Ms Rush was praised for demonstrating excellence in diabetes education, inspiring other diabetes educators and helping improve the lives of people living with Type 1 diabetes and their families.

She has developed innovative programs at the centre including a training program for carers, cooking workshops for children and teenagers and an online carbohydrates counting course.

She has also developed Diabetes Detective, a program where she remotely checks clients’ continuous glucose monitors and provides real time advice via phone, messenger and email services.

Ms Rush said she was humbled to win the award.

“My patients let me into their lives and trust me to help them with the complexities of Type 1 diabetes management, and it’s the best feeling in the world,” she said.

Centre chief executive Bec Johnson said Ms Rush’s creativity and commitment to her patients was “unsurpassed” and she was also pleased to receive the Australian Charity Award three years after the centre opened.

“It recognises the dedication, creativity, and commitment of our wonderful board and team,” she said.

“We receive no government funding and could not do our work without generous sponsors and community fundraisers.

“We are grateful for their support and proud that we’re delivering such great results.”