The fundraiser ‘Fashion & Fizz’, hosted by esteemed Adelaide presenter Nerida Foord, will benefit Type 1 Voice, a not-for-profit charity that helps raise awareness for those living with type 1 diabetes.

The runway event and launch is to be held at Deviation Road Winery in the Adelaide Hills. Owner and winemaker Kate Laurie was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes herself in 2009 and is a member of Type 1 Voice. Kate uses an insulin pump to deliver her insulin, which she must wear 24 hours a day, every day of the year. It was while out with friends Melanie and Dean Flintoft, directors of Australian Fashion Labels, that the idea to design a concealed but accessible insulin pump pocket into a range of top end dresses took form.

“It was at a dinner party with Melanie and Dean [Flintoft] that we really started talking about the restrictions the insulin pump put on people in their fashion choices,” explains Kate.

There are 120000 people in Australia with type 1 diabetes, of which around 15000 have elected to use an insulin pump as their therapy option instead of multiple daily injections. Despite the proven benefits of pump therapy there are still many women preferring not to use it – due in part to the restrictions it places on their daily fashion choices. “If we can remove just one of the factors clouding the decision to convert to pump therapy in individuals who would potentially have better management of their blood sugar levels with this option, then this is a fabulous outcome” enthuses Lorraine Pitman, Founder and Chair of Type 1 Voice.

Type 1 Voice hopes to help eliminate social stigmas surrounding this auto-immune condition and help boost the emotional and physical confidence of those requiring insulin therapy. “The decision to host a fashion show stems from our strong focus on helping grow self-esteem and acceptance for people living with type 1 diabetes,” adds Lorraine. “Fashion is a global statement of how people feel, and those with type 1 diabetes need to self-manage, often publicly, every day.”

Funds raised on the night will be utilised to develop their community based website and enable them to continue advocating for real change in health policy, improve workplace understanding and general community awareness of the condition.

As well as launching the new concept dress, Australian Fashion Labels will present the February ranges from their brands, Cameo, Finders Keepers, Keepsake and The Fifth on the runway for the first time. Local accessories designer Miss Margie will also showcase her newest range of bags, purses and accessories.

‘Fashion & Fizz’ tickets include drinks, nibbles, runway show and silent auction.

EVENT INFO PR Contact: Lorraine Pitman

WHEN: Saturday 7 February 2015, 5-7pm

WHERE: Deviation Road Winery, 0432 005 667

207 Scott CreekRoad, Longwood

COST: $45



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Building on the success of the Diabetes MILES Study in 2011, the 2014 Diabetes MILES Youth Study will investigate the motivators, behaviours and psychological well-being of young people with diabetes and their parents. This study is funded by the National Diabetes Services Scheme (NDSS), an initiative of the Australian Government administered by Diabetes Australia, as part of the NDSS National Development Program for Young People with Diabetes.

The study results will be described in a report to the NDSS and used to inform improvement of services and facilities for supporting diabetes self-care for youth and families. NDSS registrants with type 1 and type 2 diabetes aged 10-19 years and their parents have received a postal invitation to take part in the national, self-report internet survey.

The survey is open for 4 weeks from August 11 (visit: Young people and their parents can take part by following the link. Health professionals can contact Dr Steven Trawley (e: to request flyers to promote the Diabetes MILES Youth Study in their clinics.


FreeStyle Papillon Mini Blood Glucose Monitoring System – click here for more information.

IDF World Diabetes Congress

Melbourne was host to the IDF World Diabetes Congress in 2013. The International Diabetes Federation is the global voice for people with diabetes and those at risk.

In Australia, it is estimated that 8 per cent of the population is now living with diabetes*. This is predicted to increase to 14 per cent over the next twenty years*. Indigenous communities in Australia are also a major concern as the prevalence within this population is three to four times higher than the rest of the Australia*.

Melbourne provided a perfect backdrop to inspire global actions and agreements to act on diabetes and help safeguard the health of future generations.To find out more go to:



* sited 16/10/2013