Hi Everyone,

Naturally, I’ve been thinking about the wonders of diversity lately. What would the world be like if we couldn’t see and learn from those who are different? That's most of the fun of travel, for me, finding humans in far-flung places and witnessing how strange their habits might be, while seeing how similar they are as people with feelings. On the other hand, I find it both humbling and energising just to chat with the old guy next door and hear about experiences he’s had that I couldn’t have imagined.

Sharing the world, the country, even our street – and sometimes home – with people who have different backgrounds, tastes, inclinations and reactions is always such a rich education. And a great pleasure if we take it all in with curiosity, respect and an open mind. And respect is the key, I think. Because if we don’t respect others, we can’t expect them to respect us and I don’t feel we should ever demand anyone’s respect, always earn it. That’s what I taught my children and although that may have brought about one or two headaches while they were at school, where so many demands were made of them, I hope it carries them through adult life with strength and independence.

Sharing, learning and respect are key factors in HypoActive. Of course we’re all about exercise, but one of our great celebrations is that here we are all equal, all in the same boat, while really all very different. Someone, a sage really, once said to me that if they came across another type 1, didn’t matter who they were, they were family. I was very moved by that and have for a long time felt the same way. Doesn’t matter if I’ve got nothing at all in common with them, if they’ve got it, they get it, and I feel we are close straight away. If they also happen to ride a bicycle then, well, we’re almost intimate.

So although type 1 diabetes is in many ways an absolutely rotten thing, it can’t be faulted for bringing such a diverse group of people together who show such generosity, support and respect. Our Facebook group now has over 900 members – more, I have to admit, than receive this newsletter – and I feel it’s such a tribute to us all that we see there all the colours of the rainbow sharing the lightest and darkest hues of their lives in perfect frankness, empathy, inclusion and humour.

Well done everybody.

The HypoActive family: milkshakin it up at Sunday's Fun Run/Walk/Ride in Brimbank Park





  • Fun Run/Walk/Ride: October in Albert Park
  • Melbourne Marathon: The Biggest and Best
  • AcT1vate: Type 1 Renaissance


  • JDRF One Walk
  • FreeStyle Libre: Subsidised in UK

FreeStyle Libre Real World Results
Real-world data from more than 50,000 people show that higher rates of scanning with the FreeStyle Libre system were found to be strongly associated with improved glucose control. MORE SCANNING: Users checked their glucose levels an average of 16.3 scans per day. As scan rates increased, the following trends were observed: IMPROVED HbA1c: Average glucose level decreased as scan rate increased with estimated HbA1c decreasing from 8.0 to 6.7 percent. REDUCTION IN HYPOGLYCAEMIA: Time spent below glucose levels of 3.9, 3.1 and 2.5 mmol/L decreased by 15 percent, 40 percent and 49 percent. REDUCTION IN HYPERGLYCAEMIA: Time above 10 mmol/L decreased from 10.4 to 5.7 hours per day. INCREASED TIME IN RANGE: Time in glucose range (3.9-10 mmol/L) increased from 12.0 to 16.8 hours per day. Order your FreeStyle Libre today at!

The FreeStyle Libre Flash Glucose Monitoring System is a glucose monitoring device indicated for detecting trends and tracking patterns in persons (aged 18 and older) with insulin dependent diabetes mellitus. Health care professionals and consumers should be aware about the limitations of available scientific evidence for use of this device in any other groups of patients who require diabetes management. † Data on file. Dunn T, Xu Y, Hayter G; Evidence of a Strong Association Between Frequency of Flash Glucose Monitoring and Glucose Control Measures During Real-World Usage. All work was funded by and the authors are employees of Abbott Diabetes Care. Ask your healthcare professional how a FreeStyle glucose meter may assist you. Always read the label and use only as directed. FreeStyle and related brand marks are trademarks of Abbott Diabetes Care Inc. in various jurisdictions.





Loop the Lake in Albert Park

Event Date: 29 Oct 2017 

Grand Prix racing cars have been vrooming their way round the park for 20 years now, but it hasn't put off any of the annual five million visitors the park receives. So don't let it put you off this glorious spring get-together. The loop of the lake is about five km, but you don't have to go all the way round. You can always go just half way, then turn around and head back. And as you run, walk or ride it's entirely up to you if you want to make the vrooming noise and pretend to be a type 1 racing car. I usually do, but whatever.

As always, you're very welcome to just come along and join the group at the Albert Park Yacht Club Kiosk after the revving is done. They do legendary milkshakes. If you want a good idea what time the Insulin Injected Engines® will be rolling past the chequered flag at the kiosk, just ask John. For more information, check out our webpage here.

If you think you might come along or want to know more, please shoot John Thompson an email here.



HypoActive Team Event

Event Date: 15 Oct 2017

The Melbourne Marathon is nearly upon us, but it's not too late to register, although you might be cutting it very fine if you need to train. It's Australia's biggest marathon event, with over 8,000 people taking on the full distance and over 35,000 entries across the range of events. This year is the 40th race and it's looking like the most spectacular ever.

As well as the full marathon at 42.195 km, this event has a half marathon, a 10 km run, a 5.7 km run and a 3 km walk: something for everyone. HypoActive has a team entered in this year's event. If you're a type 1 runner or walker - doesn't matter which event you choose to enter - why not join our team? Check out all the info about distances and entry fees on the Melbourne Marathon website.

If you wish to enter this event as part of the HypoActive team you will need a password, which you can get from John Thompson. shoot him an email and learn all about the team and any training runs. If you'd like to come along just to give support and cheer a few competing type 1's, get in touch with John.


Dexcom CGM: Distributed by AMSL Diabetes

The Dexcom G5 Mobile Continuous Glucose Monitoring (CGM), with its Superior Accuracy (#1,2), is the only CGM System approved for you to dose without a fingerprick and can be shared directly onto a compatible Android or Apple smart device. Dexcom is now on the CGM Subsidy Initiative for eligible patients under 21, visit the NDSS website for details. For more information on the Dexcom range please visit the AMSL Dexcom G5 Mobile webpage or contact AMSL Diabetes on 1300 851 056.

#1. Bailey, Chang, Christiansen Clinical Accuracy of a Continuous Glucose Monitoring System with an Advanced Algorithm J Diabetes Sc Tech 2015 Vol 9(2) 209-214.  #2. Laffel Improved Accuracy of Continuous Glucose Monitoring Systems in Pediatric Patients with Diabetes Mellitus – Results from Two Studies Diabetes Technology & Therapeutics Volume 18, Supplement 2, 2016.



Don't Miss Out - Register Now.

Event Date: 2 - 3 Dec 2017

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AcT1vate is a residential weekend dedicated to helping you, or your partner, manage type 1 diabetes and get the most out of exercise. We've got a whole pile of testimonials from type 1's who have come along in the past and found their lives changing as a result of what they learnt. There will certainly be people there who have considerable athletic accomplishments, but this weekend is also focussed on getting those of you who just need to know a whole lot more before you take the energetic step into regular exercise.

We now have some details of the star-studded cast who will be speaking at this coming AcT1vate. Professional road and mountain bike racer, famed Team Novo Nordisk rider and long-term type 1 Justin Morris will be joining us from Sydney. Dr Matt Perugini, ass prof of biochemistry and genetics at La Trobe University (and a triathlete), speaking on the physiology of exercise and type 1. Ms Jodie Horsburgh, an accredited diabetes nurse educator (DNE) with a background in research, whose speciality is type 1, pumps and continuous glucose monitors (CGM's). Mr Tim McMasters, an accredited nutritionist with a masters of nutrition and dietetics from the University of Queensland. Tim has spent four years with Diabetes Tasmania and 18 months with Diabetes Victoria. Tim is establishing a private practice specialising in type 1 sports nutrition and weight management.

Sounds like we're getting everything covered superbly - and don't forget there are plenty of sessions where you get off your seat and get active.

One day, after AcT1vate, you too could be Arthur Ashe

Registrations are open for AcT1vate in December. Places are being taken up keenly, especially after the latest announcements, so if you are considering coming along - and it's one of the best decisions you could ever make - have a look now and think about blocking out that important weekend in your calendar. Check out our latest webpage here for lots more info. Or if you want to register right now just click here.

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Get Active Around Australia

It's that time of year again when folk all round the country mark their diaries for the grand, social gathering of the great JDRF walks. Type 1's, their families and carers all meet up to celebrate and raise both funds for and awareness of this cruel condition. JDRF has been working tirelessly for years raising funds to help people with type 1 diabetes. In fact, they've raised billions. Although they used to work solely towards a cure they now also fund research into prevention and treatment. 

There are many events planned. Perth and Melbourne are both 19 Nov; Brisbane is 24 Nov; Adelaide is 30 Nov; and both Sydney Olympic Park and Geelong are 3 Dec. Check out the JDRF One Walk website for more venues, details and to register.



Type 1's get Free Flash Glucose Monitoring

Great news from the other side of the world. Type 1's in Britain have been using the Libre system a little longer than us in Australia and have just won the battle to get the Libre subsidised. This means they'll get it for nothing. We won't ever get that here, but I know Abbott is currently wrestling with the powers that be for us all to get it supplied at a more affordable rate through NDSS. I think new developments in type 1 treatment reaching those who need them is a big step forward in itself and one that shouldn't face difficult opposition. Shame on those who would place any barriers on this.

There has been much talk about Libre on the HypoActive Facebook page. Many type 1's see it as being a huge step forward, some have had some doubts. Check out our webpage for more details of this exciting news.



That's all for now.

All the best,