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2018 ADEA-QLD Branch Conference


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Program 20 April
Program 21 April

Friday 20 April 2018




8.30-9.00am – Registration
9.00-9.15am – Welcome, housekeeping and acknowledgement of country
9.15-10.15am – The Environmental Determinants of Islet Autoimmunity (ENDIA) Study Keynote speaker –speaker (TBC)
10.15-11.00am – Diabetic Foot Disease: Sailing by Numbers

Clinicians are able to measure an ever increasing number of parameters relating to clinical care with increasing accuracy.  Diabetic foot disease is no exception.  From improvements in in-shoe pressure measurements, 3D cameras which measure wound size to new wound classification systems and epidemiological evidence our clinical practice exists within sea of numbers.  Scott will explore how we plot our clients course and individualise treatment plans to make gentle or significant course corrections where required.

 Scott Lucado-Wells, Podiatrist
11.00-11.30am MORNING TEA
11.30am-12.15pm – Type 1 DM and Continuous Glucose Monitoring Dr Shelia Cook, Endocrinologist
12.15-1.00pm – DESMOND project Trish Roderick, Diabetes
1.00-2.00pm LUNCH
2.00-2.45pm – Beyond Carbohydrate counting: effects of fat and protein in Type 1 diabetes

Carbohydrate counting is the current gold standard method for determining prandial insulin doses in type 1 diabetes, yet carbohydrate varies in glycemic index (GI) and the method fails to take into account fat and protein, which are also known to affect normal insulin secretion.  Furthermore, meta-analysis reveals carbohydrate counting alone has little or no impact beyond routine care on glycaemic control in type 1 diabetes.

The impact of dietary fat and protein on glycaemia has been highlighted by those living with type 1 diabetes, who despite accurate carbohydrate counting, have found tight glycaemic control difficult to achieve in practice, especially for foods high in these nutrients.  With the increasing clinical use of continuous glucose monitoring, the impact of these nutrients has become increasingly apparent.

Current research in type 1 diabetes shows fat and protein can significantly alter the postprandial glycaemic response and therefore may require adjusted mealtime insulin doses to improve glycaemic control.  This presentation will examine the current evidence regarding the effects of fat and protein on glycaemia and the insulin dosing strategies currently being investigated. Finally, we will explore how the delegates can translate this research into clinical solutions for people with type 1 diabetes.

Dr Kirstine Bell, University of
2.45 -3.15pm – Digital Hospital

Queensland Hospitals are undergoing rapid digital transformation. We are changing from paper- based hospital work to a digital system. How do we integrate clinical documentation; medical devices and decision support? Does moving to a digital system mean better patient care or is it just moving from paper to a computer?  A thoughtful, data driven approach to digital transformation of care is needed to improve the quality, efficiency and value of the care we provide to our patients.

This presentation will look at the 12 month journey of the impact of the digital world on patient care; issues of digital transparency and hypervigilance translating into transformative and innovative practice to improve patient care.

Kerry Porter (CDE, Princess Alexandra Hospital, Brisbane)
3.15-3.45pm AFTERNOON TEA
3.45-4.30pm – Lessons from Paediatric Diabetes Professor
Jerry Wales, Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital, Brisbane
4.30 –5.15pm – Panel discussion: Do the Numbers Matter – Individualising HbA1c, weight, blood glucose levels with a focus on person centred care  Shelia Cook (endocrinologist), Bernadette
Heenan (CDE); Kerry Porter (NP); Adnan Gauhar
(pharmacist); Kirstine Bell (Dietitian); Jerry Wales (paediatric
Facilitated by: Dr Joanne Ramadge, CEO, ADEA
5.15-5.45pm – Branch Meeting

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Saturday 21 April 2018

7.00-8.30am – Flash Glucose Monitoring Workshop and Breakfast
8.00-8.30am – Registration
8.30-8.45am – Welcome, housekeeping and acknowledgement of country
8.45-9.30am – Economic consequences of diabetes: more than just a health system issue Dr Emily Callander,
James Cook University
9.30 –10.15am


10.45-11.30amConcurrent sessions

  • Being a CDE In Private PracticeLynne looks into why you would go into private practice versus public the public sector, what are the benefits and what are the negatives.Where and how do you start a business? Let’s look at what nurses know about business and then how we can find the information needed. Who is there to support you?Is it all about numbers – sure is! How do you get referrals? What else can you do? Setting goals – what do you want to achieve and when?How do you make private practice work with out going insane and how do you make it profitable?How do the people in your team contribute to the success of a private practice? Who do you need in your team and what tools can you use to choose the right team member?

    How do you keep the ball rolling? Is it really worth it!

  • Puberty and diabetes
Concurrent sessions

  • Being a CDE in private practice – Lynne McCleary(CDE, Toowoomba)
  • Puberty and diabetes – Eunice Lang, CDE
11.30am-12.15pm – Epigenetic changes and diabetes in pregnancy Dr Marloes Dekker Nitert, University of QLD
12.15-1.15pm  LUNCH
1.15-2.00pm – Diabetes education in rural and remote areas and with Aboriginal clients Bernadette Heenan, RN, 2017
CDE of the Year
2.00-2.45pm – Oral Abstracts
2.45-3.30pm Speaker – TBC
3.30-3.45pm – Evaluation and Close

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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.
   Scott Lucadou-Wells graduated from QUT Podiatry in 1996 and has worked predominantly in the public sector in both hospital and community-based settings.  Scott found his passion for high risk foot problems in 2002 working at the Caboolture Community Health Centre within a multi-disciplinary Diabetes Service and has since spent most of his clinical time working with this challenging condition.  In 2007 Scott commenced as a Team Leader of a Multi-disciplinary team which instilled a strong drive for efficiency and efficacy in clinical practice and a love of quality and service improvement.  Scott has since held leadership roles in the Podiatry professional group in Metro North Hospital and Health Service (MNHHS) where he leads service-wide clinical audits.  Scott is currently the Advanced Clinical Podiatrist for the MNHHS Diabetes Service and for the Australian Wound Innovation Centre.  Scott’s key areas of clinical interest are assessment of peripheral vascular disease and offloading for wound healing.

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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