Notre Dame student to represent WA at international diabetes conference

Tammy Moran has been selected as the WA Young Leader in Type 1 diabetes as will represent her State at the IDF Conference in Canberra.

11 November 2015

Tammy Moran’s work experience has led her to serve as the sole Western Australian representative at the International Diabetes Federation Conference in Canada later this month.

A Health Sciences student at The University of Notre Dame Australia’s Fremantle Campus, Tammy, has been selected as the Western Australian Young Leader in Type 1 diabetes.

Tammy was nominated for this role by Diabetes WA where she is currently completing her practicum as part of her degree in Preventive Health.

Diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes at the age of eight whilst travelling in New Zealand, Tammy says the disease has not only provided a massive learning curve in her life, but also changed the lives of her family members.

“There have been so many times where this disease has tried to manipulate my life, but I just had to be stronger. The daily requirements of finger-pricking, insulin injections, the managing of emotions and stress levels, looking at everything I eat, and monitoring of exercise are all experiences of a Type 1 diabetic,” Tammy said.

Type 1 diabetes affects approximately 5 to 10 per cent of those with the condition. Unlike Type 2 diabetes which arises from the body’s inability to distribute insulin effectively, Type 1 diabetes destroys the cells that release insulin in the body immune system, eventually eliminating insulin production from the body. There is no cure for Type 1 diabetes.

Tammy hopes to use the international experience to broaden her understanding of the disease from other young leaders around the world and acquire valuable knowledge for use in her future career.

“I hope to further this cause through future employment, especially back in my home town of Albany, where I can raise community awareness of Type 1 diabetes and achieve positive outcomes for those battling this disease,” Tammy said.

Associate Professor Fiona Farringdon, Coordinator of the Preventive Health program, said Tammy’s passion for profiling Type 1 diabetes in the community mirrors her enthusiasm for learning.

“Tammy is a great ambassador for the Bachelor of Preventive Health program and will do WA proud at the Congress. Diabetes definitely won’t beat her. In fact I can’t imagine anything stopping her from doing what she wants to do in her career,” Associate Professor Farringdon said.

The Conference will be held in Vancouver from 30 November to 4 December 2015.

To watch Tammy’s video as part of the Diabetes WA World Diabetes Day 2015 promotion, please visit https://youtu.be/nQXgb2uvds0.

As Notre Dame is a direct entry university, you can still apply for 2016. Apply direct – www.notredame.edu.au

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