Honour roll

The Honour Roll recognises past State and
Territory and National Award recipients

Senior Australian of the Year


2009 VIC Senior Australian of the Year Nominee

Susan Alberti AO

Town: Wheelers Hill
State: Victoria

Diabetes campaigner

During her life Susan Alberti has invested a great deal of time and energy into voluntarily supporting those suffering from diabetes. She is President of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation Australia, a voluntary organisation that has contributed $52.6 million to diabetes research and related initiatives. In 1992, she helped found the annual Melbourne and Sydney Walk for the Cure for diabetes research, which is now in every state of Australia and has raised more than $23 million. She has chaired the organising committee for the Juvenile Diabetes Ball in Melbourne for most of its 24 years, and raised over $4 million.

In 1995, Susan joined the International Board of Chancellors Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation International, which administers an annual international research budget of $US200 million. She is the first and only Australian ever elected to this position and served nine years in total. She has established a number of centres, including the Diabetes Discovery Wing at Monash University to undertake epidemiological diagnosis and research, the Susan Alberti Complications Unit in Parkville, and a memorial centre for diabetes complications at the Baker Research Institute. Susan’s contribution to juvenile diabetes research has been far reaching and is making a real difference in young lives affected by diabetes.