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The Australian Diabetes Society (ADS) is a society for research, medical practice and education in Diabetes Mellitus. For consumer information on diabetes we recommend

Diabetes Australia

The Australian Diabetes Society is a national organisation founded in 1973 so we'll celebrate 40 years this year. The ADS will honour its founding members during the Annual Scientific Meeting in Sydney, 28 to 30 August. We look forward to seeing you at another exciting annual scientific meeting

The Australian Diabetes Society in the Making

Welcome to the website of the Australian Diabetes Society

The Australian Diabetes Society is the peak medical and scientific body in Australia working towards improved care and outcomes for people with diabetes.  It is an incorporated association and is made up of its members.

The Society was formally established at a meeting held at the Clunies Ross Centre in Melbourne on 9 October 1973 in conjunction with the Scientific Meeting of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians.  In a time of rapid development in research in diabetes in Australia, it was agreed by senior leaders in the field, that a forum was needed for professionals interested in diabetes as diabetes representation in other endocrine based meetings was as little as 10%. 

The Society was formed to include a membership open to any medical graduate or scientist with a declared interest in diabetes, and subsequently to also include any individual with a primary role in professional diabetes care.  The membership requirements remain the same today.

The 'aims' or ‘objects’ of the Society are to enhance the welfare of individuals who have diabetes mellitus, including:

  • To promote among members of the medical profession, scientists and others the free exchange of knowledge with respect to diabetes mellitus
  • To develop in association with Diabetes Australia and other interested bodies, education methods designed to give those who have diabetes mellitus a better understanding of their condition
  • To improve standards of diagnosis and management of diabetes mellitus
  • To disseminate accurate information about diabetes mellitus
  • To promote research related to diabetes mellitus by individuals, hospitals, clinics, universities and other institutions and organisations
  • To be responsible for statements relating to the professional and research aspects of diabetes mellitus (both medical and scientific)
  • To take such other measures and encourage such service as will enhance the welfare of individuals having diabetes mellitus.

The Society’s major focus has always been the annual scientific meeting (ASM).  The Society continues to host the ASM in conjunction with the Australian Diabetes Educators Association (ADEA), attracting in excess of 1,000 delegates and rotating around the major centres of Australia, and from time to time also meeting in New Zealand. The ASM continues to attract health professionals Australia-wide and from overseas.  This forum promotes the exchange of the latest clinical practices and cutting edge research in diabetes with State-of-the-Art lectures, free communication sessions and clinical, scientific and educational symposia. The Kellion Lecturer is the premier award speaker at the ASM.

We invite you to view our website and join our quest to provide best practice care and research to enhance the welfare of people with diabetes mellitus.

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Important Dates For Your Diary

  • 2015 Diabetes Australia Research Program Grant applications close on Friday 2 May 2014
  • Nominations for the 2014 ADS Kellion Award close on Friday 9 May 2014
  • ADS GP Training Day is on Saturday 10 May 2014 in Parramatta, NSW
  • Applications for the 2014 ADS-MSD Travel Grants close on Wednesday 30 April 2014
  • 2014 ADS/ADEA ASM Abstract Submission close on Monday 2 June 2014
  • 2014 ADS ASM Awards supporting documentation is due by Monday 16 June 2014
  • 2014 ADS-Sanofi Diabetes Research Grant applications close on Friday 27 June 2014
  • 2014 ADS/ADEA ASM Earlybird Registration close on Monday 30 June 2014
  • 2014 ADS ASM Travel Grant applications close on Monday 14 July 2014
  • ADS Annual General Meeting is on Thursday 28 August 2014
  • World Diabetes Day is on Friday 14 November 2014

Contact ADS

Australian Diabetes Society
145 Macquarie Street
Sydney, NSW 2000

Tel: 61-2-9256 5462
Fax: 61-2-9251 8174



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