Podcast #7: Dr Susan Alberti

Vice President of the Western Bulldogs, President of the Footscray Football Club and an outstanding supporter of the Victorian Women's Football League, the VWFL Premier Division Cup is named in her honour. Sue's passion and commitment for not only her own club, but for the development of the whole game to include a women's competition is extraordinary. 

One of Australia’s pre-eminent philanthropists, having donated millions of dollars to medical research and other charitable causes over her successful business career, Sue developed a passion for medical research when her only child, Danielle, was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes in the 1980s.

Danielle tragically died from the complications arising from the chronic disease. It was at that point that Sue’s lifelong commitment to raise funds for better prevention and treatment and, ultimately, to find a cure for Type 1 diabetes became a dedicated mission. This mission has subsequently led Sue to focus on medical research more broadly.

Susan Alberti was a finalist in the Australian of the Year Award in 1997 and again in 2009. In 1997 she received an AM (Member of the Order of Australia) for her contribution to diabetes research.  Sue was awarded an AO (Officer of the Order of Australia) on 26 January 2007. This award recognised her long and outstanding contribution to major medical research institutions, particularly as a philanthropist, fundraiser and advocate for Type 1 diabetes care and research.

On Australia Day 2016, Susan was awarded the Companion of the Order of Australia (AC) Award in recognition for her eminent service to the community, particularly through philanthropic and fundraising support for a range of medical research, education and sporting organisations, as an advocate for improved health care services for the disadvantaged, and to young women as a role model and mentor.