Professor Wah Cheung
Professor Wah Cheung is an Endocrinologist with a passionate commitment to clinical care, advocacy, research and public health in the area of diabetes. He is the Director of the Department of Diabetes & Endocrinology at Westmead Hospital, and a Clinical Professor with the University of Sydney. Prof Cheung has been the President of the Australian Diabetes Society, a Director on the Board of Diabetes Australia, Chairman of the National Association of Diabetes Centres, and a member of the Diabetes Advisory Group to the Commonwealth. Much of his current work aims to achieve better integration of care for people with diabetes and other chronic diseases across the community and the health system. This includes greater support for those who need it, improving self-management skills and empowerment of people with diabetes, the upskilling of healthcare professionals in diabetes care, and better communication between healthcare providers. He sees structured, individualised text messaging programs to have the potential to provide valuable support to people with chronic disease into the future, and thus improve their health and quality of life.