A Young Leader in Diabetes helps others through advocacy

"With hard work and dedication, your dreams can eventuate," says Bachelor of Health Promotion (Preventive Health) graduate and WA Young Leader in Diabetes, Tammy.

Tammy aspires to start her own organisation for adolescents 16 years and older and for adults living with type 1 diabetes, focusing on physical activity. This cause is close to Tammy's heart as a young adult living with type 1 diabetes.

"The time period for type 1 diabetes for those who are 16 years old is crucial, as many of them are lost in the public health care system. I want them to feel they have a place to turn to, not only when they are this age but as they grow and mature," says Tammy.

Tammy is currently working for Diabetes WA and credits the staff in the School of Health Sciences with setting her up with the organisation.

"Due to my University practicum work at Diabetes WA, I was nominated and elected to be the West Australian Young Leader of Diabetes and then I went on to be elected to the position of Western Pacific Regional Chair Elect."

"Without studying at Notre Dame and having the incredible prac coordinator help me liaise with Diabetes WA, I would not be in the position I am."

"Speaking about her time at the Fremantle Campus, Tammy says "Notre Dame is a hidden gem of a University within a city; we are close to the ocean, we have the gorgeous and entertaining Esplanade Park and the cafes. Honestly we are so fortunate to attend a University that has so many facilities within 5 minutes' walk."

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