While in Perth, Richard caught up with Bec Johnson. She is the CEO of the Telethon Type 1 Diabetes Family Centre - a charity that supports families of kids with type 1 diabetes. She has Type 1 diabetes herself, and has been Low Carb/Ketogenic for 17 years. She is also a super woman for whom nothing appears impossible - even ocean marathon swimming.
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Diagnosed with type 1 in 2001, Bec Johnson is passionate about making positive change in the type 1 community. She has undergraduate qualifications in Law and Arts (UWA), a Masters in Public Health (USyd), and is an Adjunct Research Fellow at Curtin University, a member of the Australian Insitute of Community Directors and a Fellow of Leadership WA. Bec has worked in both chronic and communicable disease in Australia and internationally, in a variety of legal advocacy and public health project management roles.
Bec believes that there are no limits on a life with type 1 diabetes, and she has swum solo across the 20-kilometre Rottnest Channel, sailed across the Atlantic, and become a SCUBA dive guide to prove it. She thinks that people with type 1 should be empowered to choose management strategies that work for them, that physical activity is fundamental to good physical and mental health, and that peer support plays a vital role in sustainable and holistic diabetes care.