HypoActive was formed from the need to provide information, ongoing support and inspiration to type 1's participating in exercise challenges while learning from others with diabetes in the process.

Despite the obvious benefits from regular exercise, studies have shown that people with type 1 diabetes often experience poorer health outcomes from introducing exercise into their routine.  This is usually due to the added complexity required to manage glucose levels from the effects of exercise.  For these reasons, many people with type 1 diabetes are wary of exercise.

But with up to date information on management techniques, attention to detail and a commitment to better health outcomes, exercise can comfortably form part of everyday life.  People with type 1 diabetes can represent their country, win Olympic Gold, ride a bicycle to extreme altitude or even climb Mount Everest.  

HypoActive has a strong commitment to assist in empowering everyone with type 1 diabetes. Each year we provide opportunities to participate in a number of select endurance challenges, as well as run/walk/ride events for type 1's of all fitness levels; lobby for more research into the effects of exercise on type 1 diabetes; and encourage others to exercise more often.  The group is based in Melbourne with key links throughout Australia and New Zealand, providing on-line support through this website, www.hypoactive.org

HypoActive is a community network group under Diabetes Australia - Victoria (DA-Vic).  

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Who We Are

We have over 800 followers from across Australia.  You can read more about some of our members

In 2010 HypoActive was profiled in Australian Cyclist in the story Insulin Injected Engines.


Our current committee was elected in February 2016, and is as follows:


   President:                                                                     Warwick Sickling

   Vice President:                                                            Ben Howell

   Secretary:                                                                    Kym Davern

   Treasurer:                                                                     Andrew Canet

   Committee Member                                                   Rowan Callaghan

   Public Officer & Clothing Coordinator                   Antoinette Ioannou




HypoActive relies heavily on the goodwill and hard work of volunteers for all its events and activities. Some of our long-term HypoActives are John Thompson, Valma DatsonJohn Stevens and Gavin Wright.

John Thompson has been running the monthly HypoActive Fun Run/Walk/Rides since 2011. These events take place at different locations around Melbourne generally on the last Sunday of the month. Check out our Events Page for details of the next get-together. For any more information get in touch with John here.

Valma Datson has, over the years, put an unprecedented amount of work into organising our AcT1vate events. She has also worked on other HypoActive endeavours, but her efforts towards gaining the enormously high quality we have achieved in every single AcT1vate have been beyond compare. She has translated her belief in the value of AcT1vate into an expression of provision that is truly awesome. She will shine on our pages forever.

John Stevens has been involved behind the scenes with HypoActive for 10 years. Not only has he become a steadfast and uncompromising member of the HypoActive Murray to Moyne cycling team, but he is also the megabrains behind the HypoActive website. John is our supernerd and has put in a great deal of his resources for our presence on the internet.

Gavin Wright has been writing the monthly, highly popular HypoActive newsletter since 2007. You can read our latest and past newsletters here and sign up for this edifying and entertaining newsletter here. If you have any items related to type 1 diabetes and exercise you'd like included - or any feedback - please get in touch with Gavin here.


If you've got any spare time and would like to join in with HypoActive in any way, your help would be greatly appreciated. Please get in touch with our president Warwick here.








Our Meetings

The group meets via teleconference after hours on weeknights throughout the year.  Contact our secretary if you would like to join us.  All welcome, and easy to attend without having to leave home!