Renza Scibilia has lived with type 1 diabetes since 1998. She is an advocate and peer leader, promoting a person-centred approach to healthcare, and in the development of diabetes information and technologies.
Renza is the National Program Manager for Type 1 Diabetes and Consumer Voice at Diabetes Australia, and is the Stream Lead for the Living with Diabetes Stream at the IDF World Diabetes Congress which will be held in Busan, South Korea in December this year.
Renza is well-known in the diabetes online community, and is well-versed in social media, its influence on people with chronic health conditions and application in peer support.
She is the author of one of Australia’s most widely-read patient blogs, Diabetogenic, (www.diabetogenic.wordpress.com) and has written for many online and print publications.
Renza has extensive experience as a facilitator, presenter and media spokesperson having presented at conferences in locally and around the world. She speaks about topics including the importance of peer support in chronic health management and why language matters in diabetes and healthcare.
Since August 2017, Renza has been wearing a DIY hybrid closed loop system to manage her diabetes. She is part of the #WeAreNotWaiting movement, encouraging and supporting people with diabetes to augment current diabetes technologies to get the most out of them.