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2019 ADEA-NSW/ACT Branch Conference



This is a preliminary program that may be subject to change.

Friday 15  March 2019

12.30pm Registrations: Opening and welcome
1.00-3.00pm Workshop 1 – Continuous Glucose Monitoring – Professor Jane Overland

Real-time Continuous Glucose Monitoring (CGM) is playing an increasing role in the management of Type 1 diabetes. Featuring an overview of how CGM works, and what people with diabetes need to know, as well as the AGP interpretation and case-based examples, this interactive workshop will explore how to best implement CGM in your busy real-world practice.

Workshop 2 – Carbohydrate Counting – Leanne Gregory

Put yourself in your patients’ shoes. Come along to this hands-on and practical, experiential discussion on real life carbohydrate counting strategies. The up-to-date recommendations you can advise and demonstrate to your patients. With the carb quantity determining the insulin dose in many patients these days, optimising this first step has a beneficial flow-on effect for diabetes management.

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3.00-3.30pm Afternoon Tea – Registrations for Branch Meeting
3.30-4.30pm Obesity management: Dr Carol Huang – When Medication Fails: Is VLED a valid therapeutic option for patients with poorly controlled diabetes?

There are a number of patients in the community with poorly controlled type 2 diabetes and obesity.  These patients are generally using multiple hypoglycaemic agents including large doses of insulin which can drive further weight gain.  We present a case study of such a patient treated with a very low energy diet (VLED) to break the cycle of insulin resistance, increasing medication dosage, weight gain and complications from poor diabetes control from the perspectives of both health care workers and the patient.  The session will also discuss practical issues to implement and monitor VLED safely in clinical practice.

4.30-5.30pm Branch Meeting, presentations of travel grant awards
6.30-9.15pm Dinner with Speaker: Professor Roger Chen: What’s new and what’s coming in diabetes management – New horizons

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Saturday 16 March 2019

7:30-8:30am Workshop 1 – “Let’s Talk Clinical!”

An overview of the clinical papers supporting the use of Flash Glucose Monitoring and Ambulatory Glucose Profile (AGP) in the daily management of Diabetes.

Presented by Dr Pascale Bridge, HCP Liaison Manager, Abbott Diabetes Care

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Workshop 2 – Accuracy of Data

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Workshop Registration
8.00-9.00am Registrations
8.45-9.00am Welcome and Housekeeping
9.00-9.30am Professor Roger Chen  – Mental Health and Diabetes
9.30-10.00am Speaker TBC – Gestational diabetes and its management
10.00-10.30am Vania Khoury – Diabetes Resources for CALD Communities: Update on the Diabetes Multicultural Enhancement Project.  

The findings of NDSS Multicultural Diabetes Portal Health Professional (HP) survey conducted last year regarding HP awareness and usability of the portal have been the basis of the Diabetes Multicultural Enhancement Project (DMEP), conducted with generous input from the Culturally And Linguistically Diverse (CALD) Priority Area Working Group with representatives from all Diabetes Australia State and Territory Organisations. More information here.

10.30-11.00am Morning Tea
11.00-11.30am Dr Carolyn Droste – Update on Medications

This presentation will provide an update on glucose-lowering medications. What’s new, what are the advantages and disadvantages of the various classes of glucose-lowering medications and when should they be considered for specific patients.

11.30am-12.00pm Dr Jane Desborough – Our Health in our Hands Project

Our Health in Our Hands is a multidisciplinary research project aiming to transform healthcare by developing new personalised health technologies and solutions in collaboration with patients, clinicians and health care providers.  It is initially focused on two major chronic diseases; multiple sclerosis (MS)  and diabetes.

12.00-12.30pm Samantha Swales and Tanya Ilkiw – Type 1 Diabetes Management in Schools Program

The presentation will provide findings of the Diabetes in Schools national consultation and share solutions that rise to the challenge of developing a nationally consistent education and training program for schools to support students with type 1 diabetes.

12.30-1.30pm Abstract presentations
1.30-2.30pm Lunch and Poster Presentations
2.30-3.00pm Professor Jerry Greenfield – Other Causes of Diabetes

Diabetes is an umbrella term to describe a conglomerate of diseases that culminate in dysglycaemia. Apart from classic type 1 and type 2 diabetes, there are other subtypes of diabetes including Latent Autoimmune Diabetes of Adulthood (LADA) and a myriad of genetic causes, including Maturity Onset Diabetes of the Young (MODY). In addition, some patients present with secondary causes of hyperglycaemia, including haemochromatosis, pheochromocytoma, Cushing’s syndrome and acromegaly. The clinical challenge is to recognise when a patient has a non-classical form of diabetes, as its treatment will often result in control or resolution of the hyperglycaemic state.

3.00-3.30pm Dr Jessica Borbasi – End of life care and diabetes

This presentation aims to; provide an overview of palliative care- busting some common myths and exploring some new opportunities; discuss the management of diabetes in patients who are approaching the end of their lives and encourage diabetes educators to start advance care planning discussions with suitable patients.

3.30pm Conference wrap up and close


Dr Carol Huang Dr Huang is the Lead Physician in Obesity Management and Sleep Medicine at the Canberra Hospital.
Professor Roger Chen Professor Chen is Director of Diabetes Services and Senior Staff Specialist in the Department of Endocrinology and Metabolism in Concord Hospital with clinical interests in general endocrinology, diabetes and osteoporosis. He is Adjunct Professor at the University of Technology, Sydney and Clinical Associate Professor in Medicine at the University of Sydney. He completed his PhD in Medicine at the University of Sydney. He is head of a large medically led multidisciplinary diabetes team.
Vania Khoury Vania is a registered Nurse and Credentialled Diabetes Educator based at Diabetes NSW & ACT.
Dr Carolyn Droste Dr Droste is a Female Specialist endocrinologist practising at Calvary Public Hospital in Bruce. She trained in South Africa and moved to Canberra 10 years ago. She is interested in the further education of nurses, diabetes educators, medical students and registrars.
Dr Jane Desborough Dr Desborough is a Senior Research Fellow at the Department of Health Services Research and Policy, Research School of Population Health, Australian National University. Jane is a mixed methods researcher, who works closely with patients, clinicians and policy makers to conduct research that is not only responsive to their needs and preferences but aims to target quality and outcomes improvement.
Samantha Swales and Tanya Ilkiw Samantha is the NDSS Director at ADEA National Office. Apart from looking after NDSS projects, Samantha is the National Program Manager, Diabetes in Schools at the ADEA.

Tanya has a Graduate Diploma of Psychological Science from the Australian College of Applied Psychology and a Bachelor of Arts in Communication (Information and Media) Majoring in Advertising and Media from the University of Technology Sydney. Tanya is also National Program Manager, Diabetes in Schools at Diabetes Australia.

Professor Jerry Greenfield Professor Greenfield is Head, Department of Endocrinology, and Director, Diabetes Services, St Vincent’s Hospital (Sydney).  He undertook a PhD at the Garvan Institute (2001-2004) and a post-doctoral fellowship at the University of Cambridge, Addenbrooke’s Hospital, United Kingdom (2005-2006).  His other current positions and roles include: Clinical Associate Dean, St Vincent’s Clinical School, Faculty of Medicine, UNSW Sydney; Laboratory Head, Clinical Diabetes, Appetite and Metabolism, Diabetes and Metabolism Division, Garvan Institute; Editor-in-Chief, Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism Case Reports and Editorial Board member, Clinical Obesity. His recent interests focus on elucidating the molecular basis of insulin resistance by studying humans with insulin-sensitive obesity.  He oversees a precision medicine program aimed at determining the ‘omic’ factors that predict maximal effectiveness and safety of diabetes medications in an individual.
Dr Jessica Borbasi Dr Borbasi is an advanced trainee in Palliative Medicine. After completing her basic physician’s training she took a year off to work at a think tank, the Centre for Independent Studies. She is the author of “Life Before Death: improving palliative care for older Australians” and is passionate about educating doctors and the public about the true nature of palliative medicine particularly, its ability to improve living not just dying.


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The conference and workshops are being held at Rydges Capital Hill, 17 Canberra Avenue, Forrest, ACT. Directions to the venue are available here.

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Underground parking is available at the venue for a cost of $12 per day subject to availability. To receive this rate please obtain a ticket from reception prior to entering the carpark.