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2019 ADEA-NSW/ACT Branch Conference




Friday 15  March 2019

12.30pm Registrations: Opening and welcome
1.00-3.00pm Workshop 1 – Continuous Glucose Monitoring: Applying the Technology – 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 clients’ 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 clients. With the carb quantity determining the insulin dose in many clients 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 Weight management: Dr Carol Huang – when medication doesn’t work: is VLED a valid therapeutic option for clients with suboptimally managed diabetes?

There are a number of people with diabetes in the community with suboptimally managed type 2 diabetes and unhealthy weight. These clients 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 client managed with a very low energy diet (VLED) to break the cycle of insulin resistance, increasing medication dosage, weight gain and complications from suboptimal diabetes management from the perspectives of both health care workers and the client. The session will also discuss practical issues to implement and monitor VLED safely in clinical practice.

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4.30-5.30pm Branch Meeting, presentations of travel grant awards
6.30-9.15pm Dinner with Speaker: Associate Professor Roger Chen: What’s New? What’s Coming? Diabetes Management in an Ageing Population.

Diabetes management is constantly changing and evolving. New medications and new technologies provide challenges and opportunities for those involved in the care of people with diabetes. Specifically type 2 diabetes is not only increasingly occurring in young patients, but also has a high prevalence in our ageing population. Managing these patients requires thinking beyond their HbA1c and should take into consideration multiple factors such as duration of diabetes, comorbidities, ability to self manage and choice of pharmacotherapy.

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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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8.00-9.00am Registrations
8.45-9.00am Welcome and Housekeeping
9.00-9.30am Associate Professor Roger Chen  – The Elephant in the Room. Mental Health and Diabetes

This presentation will consider the assessment and management of people with mental illness, particularly schizophrenia, who are at enhanced risk of developing diabetes and metabolic disease.  Patients frequently are untreated despite life expectancy being up to 25-30 years less than those without mental illness.  Premature death occurs from cardiovascular disease. Often, antipsychotics are blamed for the increase in cardiovascular disease.  The presentation will discuss reasons for the enhanced CV risk, the role of pharmacotherapy and potential strategies to manage these patients.

9.30-10.00am Lynelle Boisseau –  Diabetes in Pregnancy: The Challenges to Meet Best Practice

This presentation will provide an overview of diabetes in pregnancy, including pre-existing Type 1 diabetes, Type 2 diabetes, and Gestational diabetes. It will focus on the challenges ahead for pregnancy planning in pre-existing diabetes and managing the increasing numbers of gestational diabetes presentations.

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.

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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 clients.

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 clients, 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.

12.30-1.15pm Abstract Presentations

Suja Jose – Redesign process for enhancement of complex type 2 diabetes clinics at Blacktown Hospital

Helen Phelan – Youth with type 1 diabetes can achieve glycaemic targets: The John Hunter Children’s Hospital experience

Ramanpreet Singh – Snapshot of the impact of Continous Glucose Monitoring in children living with type 1 diabetes in the ACT and surrounding areas – First phase 2017 – 2018

1.15-2.15pm Lunch and Poster Presentations
2.15-3.00pm 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 clients present with secondary causes of hyperglycaemia, including haemochromatosis, pheochromocytoma, Cushing’s syndrome and acromegaly. The clinical challenge is to recognise when a client has a non-classical form of diabetes, as its treatment will often result in influence 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 clients who are approaching the end of their lives and encourage diabetes educators to start advance care planning discussions with suitable clients.

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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.
Associate Professor Roger Chen Associate Professor Chen is Senior Staff Specialist, Diabetes and Endocrinology at St Vincent’s Hospital, Sydney with clinical interests in general endocrinology, diabetes and osteoporosis. He is visiting specialist, Diabetes and Metabolism at the Garvan Institute of Medical Research.  He is also Clinical Associate Professor in Medicine at the University of Sydney and Conjoint Associate Professor at UNSW.
Lynelle Boisseau Lynelle is currently the acting Senior Nurse Lead for the ACT Health Diabetes Service. She has been a Registered Nurse for 40 years, working in Australia, the United Kingdom and Canada.  Lynelle has worked continuously over the last 26 years for ACT Health Diabetes Service as a Diabetes Educator. Lynelle is a leader, having had a major role in the establishment of the Diabetes in Pregnancy Service within the new Centenary Hospital for Women & Children in Canberra.
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.

Delegates can receive the special conference accommodation rate at the venue by using this link:

Underground parking is complementary for both days subject to availability. Enter the carpark off Canberra Avenue.