Ashley Ng

Attended Elwood College 2003-2007

“I started Year 8 at Elwood College after moving from Singapore with my family and immediately felt at home amongst the culturally diverse student population. Some of my fondest memories are of hanging out with friends after school as everyone lived close by. Through the strong community vibe at the school, I took part in multiple school events such as the school band, musicals and the Student Representative Council (SRC) through to my VCE years. In Year 11, I helped to organise and run Elwood College’s first Talent Night, which has since evolved into a much-loved event on the school calendar.

Not only did Elwood College place an emphasis on academic studies, they encouraged and supported my pursuit of extra-curricular activities. I believe that my time at Elwood College has shaped my core beliefs, values and independence. I am grateful for the teachers who went above and beyond their roles and injected inspiration into my life. In fact, I still keep in touch with some of them today! I believe that I was also the first Elwood College student to receive a Kwong Lee Dow scholarship from Melbourne University, through which I received invaluable support in my VCE years.

I graduated from Deakin University with a Bachelor of Health Science, majoring in Nutrition and Psychology and a Bachelor of Food Science and Nutrition with Honours. I am also an accredited practising dietician after completing my Masters in Dietetics and am currently completing my PhD on the use of mobile health technology in diabetes education for young adults with diabetes during life transitions.

It was probably my second year of university that cemented my career path after my type 1b diabetes (non autoimmune insulin deficiency) diagnosis. My complicated diabetes diagnosis journey ignited my passion to help streamline the Australian healthcare system through the use of mobile health technology and digital health. Additionally, I have become a strong diabetes advocate by sharing my experiences and knowledge with others.

Since my diagnosis, I have kept a blog called Bittersweet Diagnosis, which details my journey and reflections on life with diabetes. I am also a regular volunteer with Diabetes Camps Victoria and have helped coordinate camps for children with type 1 diabetes. In 2013, I was nominated by Diabetes Australia to participate in the International Diabetes Federation’s Young Leader in Diabetes Programme. Recently in 2016, I co-founded an organisation called Beta Change, which aims to bring the diabetes community together across local, regional and international levels to break down barriers that prevent people with diabetes from living a full life.”

Personal links

Blog: www.bittersweetdiagnosis.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/bittersweetdiagnosis

Twitter: @Health4diabetes

Email: Ashley.hxn@gmail.com

Beta Change Links

Facebook: www.facebook.com/BetaChangeNetwork

Twitter: @Beta_Change