Bec Johnson, CEO
Diagnosed with type 1 in 2001, Bec 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 Institute 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.
Amy Rush, Family Support Manager (Credentialled Diabetes Educator and Dietitian)
Amy Rush is an Accredited Practicing Dietitian and Credentialled Diabetes Educator working solely with people living with type 1 diabetes. Amy’s passion to help improve the lives of people with type 1 is inspired by her brother, who was diagnosed at a young age. Amy practices privately as both a diabetes educator and dietitian at the Telethon Type 1 Diabetes Family Centre in Perth, where she also develops and manages the group diabetes education programs. Amy is passionate about the role of nutrition in managing type 1 diabetes. Amy is a self-confessed ‘tech nerd’ and loves interpreting CGM and flash monitor graphs or constructing profiles from pump and meter readings. In clinic she is known as the ‘Diabetes Detective’ for her knack at deciphering food and insulin interactions and using these to a patient’s advantage.
Amy has also worked as a personal trainer, she is married to a professional athlete, and she encourages people with type 1 to achieve their sporting goals. She believes type 1 should not hold anyone back in any way, and supports her patients to dream big!
Tarn Hede, Fundraising and Marketing Manager
Tarn Hede recently joined the Family Centre team as Fundraising and Marketing Manager and she has already set about developing and implementing creative fundraising, sponsorship and community building initiatives to keep the Family Centre sustainable into the future. Raising the public’s awareness of the daily challenges faced by our families and how the Family Centre support the type 1 tribe is central to Tarn's role.
Bree Zuchetti, Office and Events Coordinator
Bree has been a part of the Family Centre community since her daughter was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes in October 2015. During this time she has helped out at Family Centre events and is a member of the Parent Advisory Group. Bree brings with her experience in customer relations, office management, sales and event management.
Bree deeply understands the challenges our families face on a daily basis and is passionate about making kids' lives brighter.
Rikki-Jane Stocks, Partnerships Coordinator
Rikki-Jane has been a part of the Family Centre community since 2015, when her son was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes, so she knows first-hand what life with a type 1 child is like! She is a member of the Parent's Advisory Group, and with experience in events management and business relationships, she joined the Family Centre staff in 2016 and enjoys contributing to a cause that is so close to her heart.
Andrea Perry, Design and Administration Officer
Andrea brings experience in administration, sales, marketing and graphic design to her position at the Family Centre. She is a Mum of two young children and is passionate about healthy living. Andi is the Family Centre's graphics and website wizard, and is here to help when you call the Family Centre.
Lauren Haddow, Schools Educator and HbA1c Service Operator
Lauren is a Registered Nurse and is currently completing her Diabetes Educator qualifications and she manages the Family Centre’s Schools and Daycare Education workshops and operates the Centre’s HbA1c testing service. She was diagnosed with type one diabetes in 2002, and in 2012 her daughter was also diagnosed with type one diabetes. Lauren is passionate about helping families deal with type one diabetes, and has been a part of the Family Centre community serving as a volunteer and a member of our Parents Advisory Group since 2015.