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CDE of the Year Award Program

Jan Baldwin National CDE of the Year

At the Australasian Diabetes Congress 2018 last week, Credentialled Diabetes Educator (CDE) and Accredited Practising Dietitian Amy Rush from Western Australia received the prestigious title Jan Baldwin National CDE of the Year 2018 for demonstrating excellence in diabetes education and an inspirational role model for other diabetes educators.

Byron Muntz, Eli Lilly Marketing Director; Joanne Ramadge, ADEA CEO, Amy Rush, Jan Baldwin National CDE of the Year 2018, Brett Fenton, ADEA President

Byron Muntz, Eli Lilly Marketing Director; Joanne Ramadge, ADEA CEO, Amy Rush, Jan Baldwin National CDE of the Year 2018, Brett Fenton, ADEA President

Amy’s work has been entirely dedicated to improving the lives of people with type 1 diabetes and their families. Amy’s creativity, work ethic and commitment to people with type 1 diabetes is unsurpassed. Her deep and genuine empathy for people living with type 1 diabetes, developed through her personal experience with her younger brother who has type 1, which allowed her to develop rapport with patients of all ages and backgrounds – including one little girl who is delighted at each appointment when Amy dresses up as a ‘Diabetes Ninja’ just for her. >> Click here to read more

CDE of the Year in Branches

ADEA is proud to congratulate recipients of the following CDE of the Year in branch awards, who also received a $1,000 scholarship towards their education:

CDE of the Year in ACT: Martha Ingle

ACT Health Diabetes Service

My early career was influenced by the fantastic CDEs in the Diabetes Centre at Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital, Perth in 1984. I went on to complete the equivalent course to the Grad Certificate in Diabetes Education through Curtin University.

I now work in the Diabetes in Pregnancy Service as part of ACT Health Directorate Diabetes Service. It gives me huge satisfaction educating and supporting these women (and their families) throughout their pregnancy, as the end result is so precious and their journey so fulfilling.

An area of special focus for me is providing care for people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds diagnosed with diabetes. Collectively we need to be respectful and understanding of cultural differences as lifestyle changes can be difficult. Good communication is so vital, so I recommend everyone read the Diabetes Australia position statement ‘A New Language in Diabetes’ – this really resonated for me.

I hope I can continue being a mentor to colleagues and less experienced staff, as watching their personal growth is rewarding.

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CDE of the Year in NSW: Megan Paterson

John Hunter Children’s Hospital

My inspiration to become a CDE was my daughter, who was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes in 2002 at the age of 2. I wanted to be able to care for her in the best way possible but was also inspired to work with other children and families living with type 1.

One of the issues I have personally experienced is the inequality in access to quality paediatric diabetes services for people living in regional Australia compared with those in metropolitan areas. In 2007, I was involved in helping to set up a model of care in a regional area that has now been replicated in other places. I also am very passionate about supporting and working positively with schools to care for students with diabetes.

In 2012, I was a dancer in a local fundraiser ‘Dancing with our stars’. It was one of the hardest most challenging thing I have done but an amazing experience!

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CDE of the Year in NT: Sharron Calgaret

Arafura Medical Clinics Casuarina

I started working as a chronic disease nurse in general practice in 2013. As part of my role, I came into contact with many people with diabetes and people at risk of diabetes and decided I wanted to gain more knowledge of diabetes, so I did the graduate certificate in Diabetes and became a CDE.

One of the major issues I came across is people getting preventable complications. I put a lot of effort into people with a new diagnosis and those who are new to me to ensure they are fully aware of the complications, how to avoid them and what screenings are available and required. This can be quite challenging with the limitations of Enhanced Primary Care visits in private practice, fortunately, I work with a group of very supportive doctors who assist me with this. 

Last year I had the lead role in an amateur theatre production.

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CDE of the Year in Queensland: Lynne McCleary

AH Diabetes

I would like to say that I had always wanted to be a diabetes educator or that I had a personal reason for becoming a diabetes educator but the truth of the matter is that, when I was working as a community health nurse at Narrabri NSW in 1994, the diabetes educator resigned and I was offered the position. I thought what the heck, this will be easy, how hard can this be ……. little did I know!

I moved to Toowoomba in 2003 and worked in a few different fields (non as a diabetes educator).

In 2007 I was re-credentialed and in 2015 became the inaugurator and coordinator of AH Diabetes (a private diabetes clinic). The people that inspire me every day are my clients and the people I work with. I am privileged to be allowed to be part of their lives.

I was asked to include something that I don’t think many people would know! This is hard, as I am pretty much an open book – what you see is what you get but there is one thing……… I have dyslexia. I know no difference, I am me and dyslexia is part of me. In some ways no different to diabetes. You just have to work with what you have!

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CDE of the Year in SA: Luisa Pinto

Lyell McEwin Hospital

I completed my nursing education at the Heidelberg Repatriation Hospital in 1986. The diggers protected their nurses and it was a rewarding experience and affirmed my resolve to further my career.

In 1988, I completed a Renal Nursing Certificate and worked in dialysis and renal transplantation units for 10 years. I became interested in knowing more about diabetes as I noted that 1 in 4 people requiring dialysis was as a result of diabetic nephropathy. My interest developed from formulating diabetes care processes in the dialysis unit to applying for work in a diabetes unit.

I have had many mentors such as Judy Lambe and Neroli Price who demonstrated how to balance clinical expertise with compassion and exceptional care. I became a Credentialled Diabetes Educator in 2007.

Variety is the spice of life and I have worked in Tertiary Diabetes Centre, out-reach services to aboriginal communities, community health services, diabetes clinical trials and private practice in GP Rooms. I am currently working in a tertiary centre and our goal is to have recognition as an NADC Diabetes Centre of Excellence. I am doing my best to contribute to this.

It is a most rewarding career and I constantly marvel at the people’s responsiveness to diabetes self-management education. I love it when an apprehensive person comes to an appointment and leaves with a smile on their face and a little self-management startup toolkit that can be added to on subsequent occasions of care.

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CDE of the Year in Tasmania: Caroline van Riet

Royal Hobart Hospital Diabetes Centre

During my nursing training, a tutor, also a CDE, noticed my symptoms of hyperglycaemia and asked me if I would like some help with managing my type 1 diabetes. Her informal, non-judgmental, empowering approach inspired me to work similarly in my own practice.

What keeps me focussed and motivated is finding ways to enable patient self-empowerment, shared decision making and tools to achieve diabetes self-management. I completed my Master of Clinical Nursing enabling further integration of evidence-based practice in my role as a CDE.

I have cycled through many countries to raise money for Life for a Child and Diabetes Tasmania and I am going to do some voluntary work at a diabetes centre in Southern India next year.

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CDE of the Year in Victoria: Amy Cowan

Casey Hospital and NADC

My inspiration to become a CDE came from working as a RN in an acute surgical vascular ward, caring for those with diabetes complications. I felt a strong urge to support people with diabetes, and provide holistic, person-centred care. Throughout my journey as a CDE, my inspirational mentor Sue Wyatt, “Mother Duck”, has constantly motivated me to strive for excellence in all aspects of diabetes education.

I constantly worry about the quality of care people with diabetes receive. When not spending time with my adored clients, I passionately provide diabetes management education to up-skill multidisciplinary health professionals and community groups. Mentoring novice diabetes educators is also a great love of mine as I relish shaping the future of excellence in diabetes care. At present, I am thrilled to be contributing to the accreditation of Diabetes Centres with the NADC.

I quietly enjoy baking and cake decorating!

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CDE of the Year in WA: Amy Rush

Telethon Type 1 Diabetes Family Centre

My passion for supporting people with type 1 diabetes to thrive began when my brother was diagnosed at age seven. I want my brother to live the richest life possible, as I do for all my clients. I work somewhere that inspires me to help those with type 1 do this, the Type 1 Diabetes Family Centre in Perth.

What keeps me up at night is what keeps my clients up: the confusion, fear and loneliness of night-time diabetes management. I created the Diabetes Detective Program, allowing me to solve their problems in real time, using CGM. They share data with me for a week and I offer advice and solutions 24/7. I believe this is just one way we can use technology to take type 1 management to the next level.

In my spare time, I create rap song parodies, with lyrics about type 1. My latest rap ‘The Real T1D (Slim Shady)’ went viral!

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CDE of the Year Judging Panel

ADEA would like to thank the following members of the CDE of the Year Judging Panel:

Selection criteria

The Panel considered the following selection criteria when reviewing nominations:

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