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A new award will recognise the accomplishments of people that deal with diabetes.

Healthcare professionals that play a crucial role in supporting the millions of Australians currently affected by diabetes and are being encouraged to support the inaugural Sweet Talk Awards.

The Sweet Talk Awards, to be launched in July and awarded on World Diabetes Day in November, are designed to recognise and reward the ongoing achievements of people affected by diabetes, as well as their carers and healthcare professionals.

Health professionals can encourage patients to take this opportunity to nominate themselves, or someone else they know with diabetes, through sharing their “Sweet Talk – My Life with Diabetes” success story for the chance to win $1000.

A success story could be anything where a person with diabetes has reached a goal that had previously been out of reach. All stories are welcome, be it a minor win or a major accomplishment, as long as it shows how the person has grappled with the anguish of being diagnosed, and yet through determination and with support, moved on to lead successful lives, despite their diabetes.

The Sweet Talk Awards 2011 categories are: Young Achiever of the Year, Teen Achiever of the Year, Adult Achiever of the Year, Senior Achiever of the Year, Carer of the Year and Health Care Professional of the Year.

The ‘Healthcare Professional of Year’ award category is open to all clinical professionals who provide support to people with diabetes. The health care professional of the year will receive the “Sweet Talk Silver Spoon Trophy” and an educational grant towards attendance at a relevant national or international conference, to the value of $1000.

“With the diabetes epidemic now threatening the health of almost two million Australians, it is important to recognise and reward the accomplishments of people that deal with diabetes, whether as a person with diabetes, a parent, friend or professional. The role played by professionals is so important to people with diabetes,” said Professor Maarten Kamp, past president of the Australian Diabetes Society and one of the Sweet Talk Awards judges.

Online nominations at www.sweettalkdiabetes.com will be open on July 10 and close August 31.

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