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Glenn Cardwell is an Advanced Accredited Practising Dietitian with 38 years of experience in clinical and public health nutrition. He advises the public, the fresh produce industry, and lectures to health professionals and university students. He is currently working closely with farmers to promote the nutrition and health benefits of mushrooms, cherries, bananas and asparagus, while being engaged in mushroom research at Curtin University. He has written four books, including one that has been translated into Russian and Mandarin.
Helen Edwards is a PhD Candidate working to improve uptake of pre-pregnancy counselling for women with pre-existing diabetes, with qualifications in social work and diabetes education. A diabetes writer, blogger, advocate and speaker, she is also a person with type 1 diabetes and mum to 3 sons. Diagnosed with type 1 diabetes in 1979 when she was 12 years old, she has seen numerous developments in diabetes care and management, and changes in the way that we view people living with diabetes. She has become a strong advocate and voice for diabetes and mental health, founding Diabetes Counselling Online in 2001, (now relaunched as Helen ran this online counselling service and national charity until it closed in June 2016, and was a state finalist in the Australian of The Year Awards and the Telstra Business Woman of the Year Awards for this work, along with many other grants and awards. Helen is a consumer rep on the ENDIA project and has a particular interest in type 1 diabetes and the pregnancy journey with her PhD work. Being told at diagnosis as a young girl that she would be likely to lose her legs, vision and kidneys, as well as probably be unlikely to have children, Helen has a particular interest in mental health and wellbeing and the interaction between healthcare professionals and people with diabetes. She has written a children’s picture book “Diabetes Can’t Stop Me”, as well as a number of e-books. Helen does live with a variety of health conditions that stem from living with type 1 for many years and has insight into the ways that diabetes can affect a person’s life. As well, she has an understanding of the things that make for a happy life, despite diabetes. She is very involved in the diabetes online community and is followed by thousands of people, with her passion for helping to ensure that people with diabetes and their families live full, happy and long lives.
Dr Tim Jones is Head of the Department of Diabetes and Endocrinology, Princess Margaret Hospital for Children, Perth and Clinical Professor at Telethon Kids Institute, University of Western Australia.

Dr Jones received his paediatric training in Australia and in the UK, and his postdoctoral training at Yale University, USA. Dr Jones has a strong clinical research interest in diabetes, in particular, hypoglycaemia, insulin therapy, exercise, technology and complications, is director of the NHMRC/JDRF funded Centre for Research Excellence in diabetes translational research, and leads a research team based at the Telethon Kids Institute and Princess Margaret Hospital for Children.

  Dr Carmel Smart is a Paediatric Endocrine Dietitian at the John Hunter Children’s Hospital, Newcastle and holds a Conjoint Senior Lecturer position with the University of Newcastle. In 2016, she was awarded a Clinical Research Fellowship. Carmel’s major research interests are in the impact of the different macronutrients on postprandial blood glucose levels. She is the lead author of the international guidelines for the dietary management of children and adolescents with type 1 diabetes and is on the expert faculty of the JDRF Type 1 Performance in Exercise and Knowledge Group. Carmel co-supervises a clinically focused group of researchers whose aim is to improve the lives of children with diabetes.
Natalie Wischer is the Chief Executive Officer of the National Association of Diabetes Centres (NADC) and the Executive Director of Diabetes Online Services. She also works in management, education and clinical roles across acute, aged care and community health settings.

Having worked in the area of diabetes for over 20 years, including 3 years in remote Aboriginal communities, she has a passion for technologies including apps, telehealth and social media in support of people living with diabetes. She shares her in-depth knowledge of these areas through regular articles in numerous publications as well as through presentations nationally and internationally. Natalie also has extensive experience as a Quality and Risk Manager and has a strong commitment to quality and consumer-focused care which underpins all of the work.

  Dr Melinda Morrison is the NDSS Diabetes in Pregnancy Priority Area and Service Pathway Leader. Melinda is a CDE who completed her PhD in the area of gestational diabetes. She has worked for Diabetes NSW ACT since 1999 and from 2013-16 was employed as the program leader for the NDSS Diabetes in Pregnancy National Development Program which focused on initiatives to support women with type 1 and type 2 diabetes to plan and prepare for pregnancy. Her current role includes developing nationally consistent NDSS pathways for women with GDM.
 Dr Jamie Bellinge (MBBS) is a medical doctor and young investigator in the field of cardiovascular disease prevention. He is a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) candidate at the University of Western Australia. Currently, he is working on a randomised controlled trial of Vitamin K and Colchicine for the treatment of Vascular Calcification in people with diabetes mellitus. This trial is expected to finish by mid-2018 and if successful, will prove the first ever therapy for treating calcification (“hardening”) of the arteries.
  Dr Dorothy Graham studied medicine at the University of Western Australia, graduating in 1984. She trained in general medicine at Royal Perth Hospital, then did a PhD in Preeclampsia at the University of Western Australia under Professor Lawrence Beilin. The next 2 years was spent at Women and Infant’s Hospital in Providence, Rhode Island doing a Fellowship in Obstetric Medicine. Since returning to Perth she has worked at King Edward Memorial Hospital and in private practice as a consultant physician in obstetric medicine. Special interests are diabetes and hypertension in pregnancy as well as all aspects of medical problems in pregnancy.

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