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2018 ADEA-QLD Branch Conference

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Dr Kirstine Bell is an Accredited Practising Dietitian and Credentialled Diabetes Educator with a PhD in the optimisation of insulin dosing in type 1 diabetes from the University of Sydney, Australia. Following her PhD, Kirstie undertook short-term post-doc research positions with the Joslin Diabetes Center & Harvard Medical School in Boston, USA and the Hunter Medical Research Institute, Newcastle to continue her research.

Kirstie is currently an NHMRC Early Career Research Fellow at the Charles Perkins Centre, University of Sydney.  She is the recipient of the DAA Joan Woodhill Prize for Excellence in Research and her work has been incorporated into International Diabetes guidelines including the American Diabetes Associations’ Standards of Medical Care.  She is the National Diabetes Interest Group Convenor for the Dietitians Association of Australia and serves as the clinical co-chair for the ADEA Program Organising Committee for the Australasian Diabetes Congress.

   Dr Marloes Dekker Nitert is a Senior Research Fellow at The University of Queensland. Marloes is a biomedical researcher with a PhD from Lund University in Sweden. Her research focuses on the role of metabolism in complications of pregnancy. She currently heads a laboratory research group at the UQ Centre for Clinical Research studying the role of the gut microbiome in pregnancy, the role of food additives on placental function and placental gene expression and epigenetic markers in pregnancy complications. Marloes works closely together with clinician-scientists and clinicians at the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital. She is part of the SPRING RCT team which assesses if probiotics can prevent gestational diabetes mellitus in overweight and obese women. Marloes is a scientific representative on the SOMANZ council.
   Kerry Porter has over 20 years experience working in diabetes and other chronic diseases. She is an endorsed Nurse Practitioner, credentialled diabetes educator and a midwife. Kerry is currently the Nurse Lead / Nurse Practitioner at the Princess Alexandra Hospital. She also runs a private practice. Kerry’s background includes working in primary health, community health, private practice, and hospital settings both in rural and urban environments. She has vast experience in working with children and adults with type 1, type 2, insulin pump therapy and diabetes in pregnancy. Kerry is passionate about helping people live the best lives they can.
   Associate Professor Paul Varghese is the current Director of Geriatric Medicine at the Princess Alexandra Hospital.  He studied at University of Queensland and trained as a General Physician before completing his fellowship in Geriatric Medicine in 1992.  He practices in clinical geriatric medicine with clinical interests in the areas of amputees, dementia, falls and the acute care of the elderly.  He is actively involved in undergraduate and post graduate teaching and holds the clinical title of Associate Professor with the University of Queensland.  He is Stream leader for the Metro South Aged care and Rehabilitation stream and sits on a number of clinical reference groups at both a State and Federal level.  His research interests include falls, clinical database design, tele-geriatrics and the management of patients with dementia.
 Lynne McCleary has been a Registered Nurse for over 44 years and has been a CDE on and off for over 20 years. She has worked in both the public sector and private sector as a Registered Nurse and a CDE. She inaugurated and was the coordinator of the diabetes clinic in Narrabri NSW and is happy to say that it is still operational.  In 2015 after the closure of the diabetes clinic she managed in Toowoomba, she decided that she would start a Diabetes Clinic called AH Diabetes in Toowoomba. She was lucky enough that the team she worked with also decided to come with her and it has now grown into thriving business.

Call for Abstracts

The Call for Abstracts is now open with submissions due by 18 February 2018.

View the call for abstracts here.


Bond University

Accommodation is available at the Chancellor Executive Apartments (1 bedroom apartments) at a cost of $185 per night (2 night stay).

Accommodation is also available at the Chancellor Lakeside for:

There are limited rooms available at these prices. Parking is free.

Gold Coast Accommodation 

Delegates may wish to consider staying at the Novotel Surfers Paradise (14 minutes from venue). Prices are:

Call the hotel direct on (07) 5579 3499 and advise that you wish to access the ADEA group rates.

Car parking is available on site through Secure Parking, entry via Hanlan Street. A special single exit pass is available at a flat rate of $8 per day for hotel guests and conference delegates. Please see hotel reception for validation of your parking ticket prior to departure.

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