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The Ingham Institute is putting its Foot Down on the fastest growing noncommunicable disease in the world

You can help by donating some vital funds needed for the Ingham Institute diabetes research team.

Did you know?

  • Diabetes now leads as the most common non-communicable disease in the world.[i]
  • Every six seconds a person dies from diabetes (5 million deaths globally). [ii]
  • Around 280 Australians develop diabetes every day and by 2030 the number of Australians with type 2 diabetes will rise to an estimated 3.3 million Australians.[iii]
  • South Western Sydney now has the highest rate of diabetes in the whole of NSW. [iv]

At the 3rd Annual Ingham Institute Luncheon on Friday 4 March sponsors and guests will be putting diabetic foot disease high on the health agenda, with a presentation from the Institute’s Liverpool Diabetes Collaborative Research Unit (LIVE DIAB) at Liverpool Hospital leading the program.

Although the event is sold out, the Ingham Institute is urging South West Sydney community members to donate in support of the critical research they are undertaking in this area.

The focus of the LIVE DIAB is diabetic foot disease, a serious complication of diabetes that is the number one cause of hospital admission for patients and sufferers. Matt Malone, Liverpool Hospital Head of Department for Podiatric Medicine and Ingham Institute LIVE DIAB Senior Research Fellow, and his research team are leading this highly specialised and niche area of medical research in Australia.

“People don’t realise the extreme severity and detrimental effects that diabetic foot disease can cause,” explained Mr Malone. “More often than not it leads to amputation and, at present, there is a diabetes related lower extremity amputation occurring every 20 seconds worldwide.”

To combat this, the LIVE DIAB are leading a number of research projects with the aim of developing better ways of treating diabetic foot disease. This includes the world-first clinical trial of the drug denosumab to treat charcot foot, a condition that causes the weakening of the bones in the foot that is a flow-on effect of diabetic foot disease. At present, denosumab is successfully used to treat hip fractures so this is a completely new and unexplored area that the group are leading.

Mr Malone said that up to 85 per cent of diabetic foot complications are preventable and emphasised the need for more research funding to help them in their fight against the devastating condition.

“Philanthropy, sponsorship and public donations are the lifeblood of the LIVE DIAB and this is what enables us to continue our important and life-saving work,” explained Mr Malone. “So even if you aren’t able to attend the Luncheon please dig deep and donate. One hundred per cent of donations support our work and other vital research programs at the Ingham Institute.”

The 3rd Annual Ingham Institute Hope Luncheon at Camden Lakeside Golf & Country Club to celebrate International Women’s Day and highlight and applaud the extraordinary talents of women in science at the Ingham Institute.

Proudly supported by major sponsor Narellan Pools and major partners Coutts Solicitors & Conveyancers, Absolutely Fabulous Event Decorations, Marsdens Law Group, D. Vitocco Constructions, Cameron Brae Group and C91.3FM, this year’s event will headline with Channel 7 Sunrise Newsreader Natalie Barr as Master of Ceremonies.

The Ingham Institute Luncheon will also feature raffles and the famous champagne draw, with a wonderful array of prizes up for grabs including a $3000 jewellery voucher from Diamond World Jewellers and a ‘Day at the Races’ at Rosehill Gardens worth $5000. Guests will also be treated to a Women’s Expo prior to the official proceedings.

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[i] Diabetes Australia.
[ii] 2015, the International Diabetes Federation’s (IDF) Diabetes Atlas.
[iii] Diabetes Australia.
[iv] The Daily Telegraph:

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For further information or to arrange a media interview please contact Sophie Cooley, Marketing & Communications Manager at the Ingham Institute on 02 8738 9000 / 0417 421 683 or

The Ingham Institute is a not-for-profit research organisation in Sydney established to undertake medical research that specifically addresses, and can be applied to, the needs of the local population and wider Australia
Located at Liverpool Hospital, the Ingham Institute is changing the way medical research is done in Australia by transferring research into practice across its six research streams, enabling the swift transfer of findings into day-to-day medical practice.

Donations can be made via the Ingham Institute’s website or Facebook page or by calling 1300 66 55 41.

The Institute’s research team are focused on exploring new medical approaches for a range of critical disease including cancer, clinical science (comprising cardiovascular disease, diabetes and infectious and inflammatory diseases), community & population health, early years/childhood health, injury and rehabilitation and mental health and are at the forefront of the most advanced medical breakthroughs and clinical outcomes.