Chris Aldred was diagnosed with Type1 Diabetes in 1994 at the age of 25. Fifteen years later he attended his first structure Diabetes event in the form a sports weekend which was also attended by 49 other people with Type1 Diabetes. The formal education sessions taught Chris more about his diabetes than he had learnt in years since his diagnosis. The experience of spending time with other people with diabetes was invaluable. Motivated to focus more on his own Diabetes management Chris joined social media groups and started to blog as “The Grumpy Pumper”. He firmly believes that the power of social media and the Diabetes Online Community (DOC) can help to motivate and support people with Diabetes to manage their Diabetes the way that they want to in order to achieve the Quality of Life that they desire.
Renza Scibilia Australia
Renza Scibilia has lived with type 1 diabetes since April 1998. She is a well-known patient advocate and peer leader for people with diabetes and promotes a patient-centred approach to healthcare, and in the development of diabetes information, resources and technologies.
Renza works for a national diabetes organisation and is a regular speaker at health conferences in Australia and around the world. She is a well-known member of the diabetes online community. She co-founded the #OzDOC community for Australians with diabetes. Renza is well-versed in social media, its influence on people with chronic health conditions and application in peer support.
She is the creator/author of one of Australias most widely-read patient blogs, Diabetogenic, (www.diabetogenic.wordpress.com) and lives in Melbourne Australia.