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2018 ADEA-VIC Branch Conference

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 Kim Poyner has an extensive history working with clients to help them navigate through their health and wellbeing challenges. Her clients in 2015, nominated Kim for the Hesta Nurse of the Year award. Showcasing her adaptability, Kim has worked multifaceted, in acute situations and also in the community setting. Kim was awarded the 2015 Australian Best Practice Nurse award in Chronic Disease Management and is currently travelling with APNA facilitating to nurses around Australia. She regularly presents at national conferences as a key note speaker. Through her business MediCoach Kim mentors nurses and organisations to achieve their best. Kim currently researches with the WHO, Deakin and Latrobe University showcasing that health coaching, care coordination is a powerful intervention to improve patient outcomes and prevent the financial burden of disease.
   Wendy Porteous, RN, Cert A&E, BN, Grad Dip Adv Clinical Education, Grad Cert eLearning, Master Advanced Clinical Nursing (Emergency), Cert IV WAT. Clinical Nurse Educator & eLearning Course Developer at Ballarat Health Services. Subject Coordinator – Emergency Nursing Practice – Grad. Cert. Nursing Practice (Emergency) – University of Melbourne.Wendy has a long career  in emergency nursing, working in multiple roles at PANCH and The Northern Hospital, also worked as resuscitation coordinator at Mercy Hospital for Women and in Interventional Radiology at RMH, before returning to work in the country (Ballarat) in 2004.
   Lisa Engel (Doctor of Psychology, Health: Diabetes Educator). Lisa completed a Doctor of Psychology degree in 2009 at Deakin University. She has a long-standing interest in diabetes having worked in the area since 1992. Her Doctoral thesis investigated the psychological impact of OzDAFNE training in adults with type 1 diabetes. Lisa has a private psychology practice at Sandringham and South Yarra. Her current interests include the benefits of gut health on mood disorders and mindfulness-based approaches to manage diabetes burnout.
   Ann Morris , RN, CDE, started working in Diabetes Education in 1976 at the Royal Children’s Hospital. In 1980 she moved to Diabetes Foundation Vic (Diabetes Victoria) and in 1984, she moved to Warrnambool where she has continued her work in Diabetes Education to the current day in her own private practice. Along with Jan Baldwin and many others, she is a founding member of ADEA. People with diabetes live with a relentless condition and experience many barriers to self-care which may include diabetes distress and burnout. These psychological factors play a significant role in their capacity to meet healthcare professional expectations and clinical targets which adds to the burden already present. Ann is the 2016 Jan Baldwin National CDE of the Year.

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Book your accommodation now at the special conference rate by calling or emailing the Mercure at Ballarat. Accommodation prices are:

Guests can book via (03) 5327 1200 or Please state that you are attending the Australian Diabetes Educators Association – Victorian Branch conference on 17 March 2018 when booking to receive the above prices.

Please note that there is a White Night Festival on Saturday 17 March 2018 in Ballarat and accommodation for that night may fill up fast!

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