In 1984, Diabetes Queensland responded to a proposal by Dr Alan Stocks to recognise and commemorate Australians who have lived with diabetes for 50, 60 and 70 years or more.
The Kellion Awards were named after the late Mr Claude Kellion. Mr Kellion made an outstanding contribution towards diabetes in Australia following the untimely death of his son John in September 1972. At just 38 years of age, John died as a result of complications of diabetes. His father was dismayed by the lack of research into the condition and decided to set up the Kellion Diabetes Foundation. For many years, this foundation was the only private source of funding for diabetes research in Australia.
Apply for an award
Every year, our organisation presents the Kellion Victory Medal to those who have lived with diabetes for 50 years or more (diagnosed in 1971 or earlier). This medal recognises both the achievements of living a fulfilling life with diabetes and inspires younger people to reach their potential.
A more recent addition is the Kellion Carer Award, which recognises years of love, dedication and support by a carer. Having diabetes affects and involves the whole family, and a carer plays a major role in assisting those with diabetes to live a more satisfying life.
You can apply for a medal, or nominate someone you know, by downloading the relevant form below.