In Memoriam

Emeritus Professor Patricia Dunning AM

photo Trisha Dunning

19 Dec 1946 - 14 Oct 2021

It is with great sadness that I share with you the news of the untimely death of Prof Patricia Dunning AM. She has a global reputation in the field of diabetes care, research and education. Her legacy will continue to influence the nursing profession but also the relevance of inter-disciplinary diabetes teams in the 21st Century.

"Trisha" was a very early advocate of the centrality of the person with diabetes. Of particular interest and deep concern was the social inequalities in health and the absolute importance of people with diabetes to contribute to policy recognising with gratitude and respect the contribution that people with diabetes make in the context of research. She has held many important positions in national and international diabetes organisations and received many awards for her work including being made a Member of the Order of Australia, induced into Sigma Theta tau Researcher Hall of Fame and the Victorian Honour Roll of women.

On behalf of FEND we offer our deepest condolences to her husband John and family. She will be a great loss to them and to all of us in the nursing profession.

She achieved so much in her lifetime. Her courtesy and diplomacy was second to none. "Her voice was ever gentle and low" - a voice that was truly listened to.

As a mark of respect to this great lady we share a keynote presentation presented by Trish at the FEND conference 2014 in Vienna.

May she rest in peace.

World Diabetes Day 2021

UN World Diabetes Day is of the greatest significance as the IDF Atlas shows an ever increasing prevalence of diabetes since the last edition. The theme this year is “If Not Now, When?”.

National health services are not meeting the goals of the UN Resolution on diabetes (61/225, Dec 2007).

FEND recommends that diabetes service providers should ensure that every person with diabetes has access to a named Diabetes Specialist Nurse.

To further mark WDD 2021 we are featuring two presentations from previous conferences by people with diabetes - their personal narratives.

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From 24 September

Over 18 hours of expert content!

from 36 international speakers!

Huge range of topics

Also don't forget to catch up on last year...

WHO Global Diabetes Compact

FEND welcomes the objectives of the WHO Global Diabetes Compactlaunched on 14 April 2021 at the Global Diabetes Summit co-hosted by the World Health Organization and the Government of Canada, with the support of the University of Toronto.


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FEND offers a course to members who meet the requirements.

Recognition Award

In 2020 FEND established an annual FEND recognition award for Diabetes Specialist Nurses and Diabetes Specialist Midwives who have made significant contributions to diabetes care, research and education.

FEND acknowledges its sponsors for their continuing support and commitment to FEND core activities: