The Australian Diabetes Society is the peak medical and scientific body for diabetes in Australia representing medical and scientific professionals working in diabetes treatment and research. The ADS is a national organisation founded in 1973. It is a membership-based organisation consisting of endocrinologists, physicians, endocrine trainee doctors, scientists/researchers, general practitioners and allied health professionals. It is administered by a National Council elected from the membership who take on this role in an honorary capacity.
The ADS works in collaboration with its affiliate organisation, the National Association of Diabetes Centres (NADC) and its partners, including government agencies, Diabetes Australia, RACP, RACGP, ADEA, ESA, APEG, NPS and ADIPS. While the ADS and its partner organisations are committed to improving the lives of people living with diabetes, the ADS differs in its role as it is focussed on serving a membership of healthcare professionals, scientists and researchers, which indirectly results in benefits to people with diabetes. Research underpins the work of the ADS and results in an organisation that is at the forefront of developments in best practice diabetes management.