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National board of directors

The ADEA Board (Board) has 8 Directors 5 of whom are CDEs and 3 can be Independent Directors.

The Board elects three (3) Office Bearers – President, Vice-President and Finance Director – from among its Directors.  The President and other Office Bearers are elected at the Board meeting preceding the Annual General Meeting held during the ADEA-ADS Annual Scientific Meeting.

Board role descriptions


Board Directors (Directors) must have had a financial full membership of the Australian Diabetes Educators Association (ADEA) for a minimum of 12 months before being eligible for nomination. CDE Directors are elected by ADEA full members and Independent Directors are nominated and appointed by the Board. The position is honorary. The ADEA Constitution allows for 2 terms of three years and provides detail about how ADEA is governed.

Directors must meet the requirements of the Australian Securities and Investment Commission’s (ASIC’s) which includes not having been declared bankrupt.

Directors are accountable to the President and ultimately to the membership. They are responsible for the determining the strategic and policy direction of the ADEA.


Directors accept the legal and financial obligations for the governance of all aspects of operation of the ADEA, including:

The ADEA encourages all its members to learn more about ADEA governance by referring to the ADEA Constitution, By-laws and watching the governance video on the ADEA YouTube channel.

Giuliana Murfet – Presidentgmurfet

Giuliana is a Nurse Practitioner and Credentialed Diabetes Educator practicing in the area of diabetes since 1991. She has been involved in diabetes care within both clinical and management roles; returning to clinical practice in rural regional Tasmania as a NP in 2010.

Giuliana has been actively involved within the ADEA and held a number of positions including Executive Director on the Board, as a member of the Medical, Educational & Scientific Advisory Council, the ADEA Magazine Editorial Committee and branch Secretary.

She has a strong interest in developing innovation and systematic practices within regions of limited resources; aiming to support people with diabetes to reach their targets through an environment of both partnership and collaboration.

Giuliana has held a number of state leadership positions including more recently as a member of the Health Council of Tasmania, Steering Committee of the Tasmanian Chronic Conditions Clinical Network and as a member of the Tasmanian Lead Clinicians Group.

Giuliana holds a Master in Science, Master in Nursing (Nurse Practitioner), Graduate Diploma in Diabetes Education, Diploma in Management and governance training includes In-Board Director training to numerous short programs run by AICD.

Click here to view the Presidents Calendar.


bfentonBrett Fenton – Vice President

Brett has been a Diabetes educator for 12 years, initially working at Baker IDI Heart and Diabetes Institute before moving to Central Coast Local Health District 3 years ago. He has held management roles at both organisations and has experience coordinating local, state and national projects.

Brett has a Bachelor in Nursing and Graduate Certificate in Diabetes Education. He has mentored a number of ADEA members to help them achieve their goal of becoming a Credentialled Diabetes Educator and has presented poster and oral presentations nationally and internationally.  For the past 13 years, Brett participated in camps for children with diabetes in Victoria and has provided advice and clinical expertise for university and pharmaceutical company advisory committees in Victoria and NSW.

Brett is honoured to have the opportunity to represent NSW on the ADEA Board and is committed to continuing to promote the role of the Credentialled Diabetes Educator and provide a close link between the ADEA membership and the ADEA board.


Heike Krausse – Finance Directorhkrausse

Heike Krausse RN-CDE Grad Cert Diabetes Education. Grad dip. Professional Nursing

Heike has over 29 years of experience as a Registered Comprehensive Nurse (NZ) employed predominantly in tertiary level healthcare organisations. Her working experience includes medical, rehabilitation, psychiatric and community nursing.

Since 1999 she has worked in NSW and QLD as a Credentialled Diabetes Educator (CDE) Heike is currently the Clinical Nurse Consultant with credentialled clinical privilege at the Royal Brisbane & Women’s Hospital Metro North Hospital & Health Services District QLD.

Her particular interest is in the self-management, education and support of those with Type 1 Diabetes and other specific types such as Diabetes post pancreatic disease along with the psychological determinants of mental health and self-care resilience.

Since the commencement of her post graduate qualifications she has been involved with ADEA at state and national levels with the determined belief that CDEs are the leaders and advocates for best practice and research in Diabetes education and care.

Heike chaired the Branch conference manual working group and the 2015 Constitutional review. She has completed an initial 3 year term as a Director on the board of ADEA and currently holds the position of Finance Officer and chairs the Finance and Risk Management committee.


Libby Bancroft

Libby is a Credentialled Diabetes Educator and Endorsed Nurse Practitioner.  She has worked as a Diabetes Educator since 1999, first in Geelong, Victoria and since 2001 for the ACT Health Diabetes Service.

Libby is passionate about working with people with diabetes and assisting them to gain tools and develop goals and plans for diabetes self-management.  Libby has a particular interest in type 1 diabetes and the psychosocial issues with adjustment to diagnosis and in the use of technology to assist with self-management.  Libby also has an interest in research and has been fortunate to present oral and poster presentations at ADEA/ADS National Conference.

Libby is a member of the ACT Clinical Council, a core mulitdisciplinary group looking at the  health care of consumers across the continuum from Primary Care, Community Care and the Tertiary health sectors and how it can be improved

She works with adults of all ages including adolescents and young people transitioning to adult care.

Becoming a board member has enabled Libby to see and be involved in the bigger picture of diabetes care and management at a national policy level.


sbrettSteven Brett – Independent Director

Steven Brett BMan(App), FAIM, MCSIA, MAICD, NSWJA, JP

Steven is a Customer Experience Executive, Entrepreneur and Business Management Consultant, founder of Manage Smart, blogger on leadership and productivity, member, assessor and contributor to the Customer Service Institute of Australia and fellow of the Australian Institute of Management. With extensive experience in business management gained in property, health, financial services, construction, software and other service businesses both large and small over the past 20 years, Steven offers his sales and marketing, operational management and customer experience skills through his consulting firm.

Steven is passionate about improving customer outcomes through alignment with strategic business goals and he shows his clients (medium to large businesses) how to achieve this through increased customer intimacy in a multi-channel customer service environment. Additionally, Steven works with business owners, CEOs and executive leadership teams in their personal leadership development.

Steven has been an Australian Service Excellence Awards winner in the categories, Best Customer Charter – National 2014, Best Small Business – National 2011 and Best Small Business – NSW 2011, 2013. His commitment to customer experience excellence led to his appointment to the judging panel from 2014 and his appointment as an assessor and consultant to the International Customer Service Standard in 2015.


Nicole Fraynenfrayne

Nicole completed her Bachelor of Pharmacy in 1996 at Curtin University WA. Her pharmacy experience includes hospital and community pharmacy and roles in teaching. To continue to provide and expand patient care with a focus on Quality Use of medicines further study was required and Nicole gained accreditation with the Australian Association of Consultant Pharmacy. This experience was valuable when working for the National Prescribing Service providing educational visits to general practitioners and allied health.

Nicole is currently employed at GP down south providing a diabetes service within general practice. Nicole became a credentialed diabetes educator- enabling expansion of the service at GP down south and also including providing private practice. The experience and knowledge gained as a diabetes educator has been invaluable in the HMR (Home Medicine Reviews) and RMMRs (Residential Medication Management Reviews) that Nicole provides as a consultant pharmacist.


jmichailidisJohn Michailidis – Independent Director

John is a seasoned veteran of more than 25 years in the pharmaceutical industry. John spent 15 years at Roche holding a number of senior executive commercial positions including President and CEO of Roche Korea; and Global Business Director for one of Roche’s biotechnology franchises in nephrology/oncology based in Switzerland.

John returned to Australia in 2005 to head Orphan Australia Pty Ltd, which specialised in novel therapies for the treatment of serious or life-threatening diseases where treatment is limited or inadequate. During his tenure, several products were in-licensed and profit increased by 105%. Orphan was subsequently sold for A$130M.

John joined Avipep as CEO in May 2009. He was successfully raised over $10M and formed the Victorian Cancer Biologics consortium,  which he Chaired. He initiated Avipep’s First In Man Phase I trial which was assisted by an investment from the UK’s Welcome Trust under their Strategic Translation Award; the first company in Australia to do so.

John founded JEM Pharmaceuticals, a company dedicated to commercialising new and novel products in Australia and ASIA.

As the inaugural managing director, John established commercial operations for Teva Pharma Australia and manages both the Australian and New Zealand operations. Teva Pharma Australia is focused on bringing Teva’s innovative medicines to Australian patients as well as leveraging Teva’s global reach and experience in generic medicines.

As a leader, John’s style is inclusive and consultative. John believes in developing people in order to help reach their potential. John holds a business qualification from Harvard University.

Tracey Tellamttellam

Tracey is the Clinical Nurse Consultant at the Ipswich Diabetes service and has a strong focus on service delivery, the ongoing education of diabetes educators, mentoring and growing of new diabetes educators and to ensure that people with diabetes receive the right care, in the right place and in the right timeframe.

Tracey is also sits on the steering committee member of the State-wide Diabetes Clinical Network in Queensland for the past eight years. This network is responsible for many excellent clinical improvements that have improved the care for people with diabetes across Queensland.