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2019 ADEA-VIC Branch Conference






Friday 1 March 2019

4.00 – 6.00pm

Concurrent workshops

Workshop 1 – Let’s Talk Clinical!

Presented by Bruce Passingham, Scientific Manager,  Abbott Diabetes Care

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

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Workshop 2 – OzDAFNE – Preparing Adults with Type 1 diabetes for the 21st century

Presented by Eileen Collins, OZDAFNE Coordinator, Diabetes Victoria

OzDAFNE is a structured self-management program for adults with Type 1 diabetes. The program teaches carbohydrate counting and insulin adjustment. OzDAFNE is also developing a program for pumpers. This workshop will give you an opportunity to practise some of the basic skills taught in OzDAFNE.


  Registration Registration
7.00 – 7.30pm Dinner Registration

Conference Dinner

Prof Merlin Thomas

Diabetes Management in 2029, what will change in the next ten years?

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Saturday 2 March 2019

  Register for Conference
8.00 – 9.30am Registration
8.30 – 8.35am Welcome
8.35 – 9.25am Marika Bjorasen

Diabetes Research Update from the RMH

This presentation will update you on the current and ongoing clinical trials that are running at the RMH in Diabetes and discuss some recently completed studies that have either led to ongoing research or changes in treatment for people living with diabetes.

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9.25 – 10.15am Belinda Moore

“The Power of Peer Support…how do we as healthcare professionals promote, facilitate and incorporate it in our healthcare service delivery?

As we all well know Diabetes is a 24/7 condition, yet people with diabetes have access to diabetes education services Monday to Friday 9-5pm. When I started working as a novice Diabetes Educator this frustrated me to no end. I couldn’t acknowledge and I continue not to accept that people with diabetes have limited to no access to experts in the diabetes field to help guide them through emergency situations ‘after hours’. So two years ago I redirected my diabetes education focus to supporting Australian women with type one diabetes and gestational diabetes in the online world. This then led me to create face-to-face mother’s groups for women with type one diabetes in Melbourne, Ballarat, Geelong, Sydney, Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth. However, I don’t get paid for this more than full time job…it’s all voluntary and in my own time…so how do we as health professionals find the time and funding to create, facilitate, moderate and promote online and face-to-face peer support within our already time poor worlds working as diabetes educators?

And so from here through Deakin University my honours thesis studies begin…”

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10.15 – 10.45am Morning Tea
10.45 – 11:00 Professor Bodil Rasmussen

Oral abstract: Factors associated with breastfeeding among women with pre-pregnancy diabetes: An exploratory study

Women with pre-pregnancy diabetes are often less likely to breastfeed, and breastfeed for a shorter duration, compared with other childbearing women. The aim of this study was to investigate psychosocial factors associated with breastfeeding to three months postpartum, including pre-birth intention to breastfeed, among women with type 1 and type 2 diabetes. A cohort study of 79 women found pre-birth intention to breastfeed was a significant predictor of continued breastfeeding to 3 months postpartum. Pregnancy provides a unique opportunity to educate and support women to continue to breastfeed.

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11:00 – 11:15 Megan Gemmill

Oral abstract: Educating Midwives in the Management of Women with Diet treated Gestational Diabetes Mellitus

To maintain continuity of care and deliver best practice for women with diet therapy GDM (DT-GDM), midwives at the Royal Women’s Hospital have been educated in the antenatal management of women with DT-GDM. This study aims to evaluate the effectiveness of this education in meeting the learning needs of midwives.

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11:15 – 11:30 Susan Abraham

Oral abstract: Do people with diabetes change their self-management behaviour whilst on extended overseas holidays?  

A qualitative study was conducted to identify whether people with type 1 or type 2 diabetes make any changes to their diabetes self-management behaviours whilst overseas for an extended period of time. For this study, we recruited people who had travelled to their country of origin in 2017 for more than 4 weeks of duration.  Areas explored included dietary intake, medication use, physical activity, blood glucose monitoring and stress levels and a thematic analysis of this data was undertaken.

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11:30 -11:45 Evelyn Boyce

Oral abstract: Diabetes and Oral health: A 21st Century issue needing to be addressed

This project aimed to explore the feasibility and acceptability of increasing early detection of diabetes and periodontitis in the oral health and general medical practice areas and increasing collaboration and communication across the two sectors. The study’s data has informed the development of a multidisciplinary educational program for diabetes and oral health management and guiding principles for a 21st Century model of care.

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11.45am-12.45pm Dr Kevin Lee

The Future of Diabetes Care: Combining Multifactorial Multidisciplinary and Holistic Care

As we rapidly expand into new medications and technologies that assist with improved glycaemia control, there is a reductionism that neglects the psychological and environmental elements that couple to the physical person. This unfortunately means fragmentation of care without a clear bird’s eye view of the long term goals that can be achieved when we deal with diabetes holistically.    In this talk, the biopsychosocial model is explored in relation to diabetes care bringing back hopefully the view of the forest from the trees.

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12 .45– 1.45pm Lunch and poster presentations
1.45 – 2.30pm Dr Alan Barclay

Intense (“artificial”) sweeteners: sweet dreams or nightmares?

Added sugars are the current dietary villain. Intense sweeteners are a diverse range of sweet substances (both naturally occurring and “artificial”) that can be used to replace added sugars in foods and beverages. Do they really help people lose weight, manage blood glucose levels and reduce their risk of dental caries? Do they adversely affect the human microbiome? Are they safe alternatives to added sugars?

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2 .30– 3.15pm Dr Kirstine Bell

Beyond Carbohydrate Counting: effects of fat and protein in type 1 diabetes

Currently, only carbohydrate is used to calculate mealtime insulin doses in type 1 diabetes, yet recent research in type 1 diabetes has revealed adding fat and protein to a carbohydrate meal significantly impacts blood glucose levels and insulin requirements.  This presentation will explore the current research into how and why fat and protein affects glycaemia in type 1 diabetes and discuss approaches for insulin dosing in clinical practice.

3.15 – 3.30pm  Award presentation: travel grants, abstract awards
3.30 – 3.45pm Afternoon Tea
3.45 – 4.30pm ADEA-VIC branch meeting



Professor Merlin Thomas Professor  Thomas MBChB, PhD, FRACP is a diabetologist, working at the Baker IDI Heart and Diabetes Institute in Melbourne, Australia. He is a consultant physician in endocrinology and nephrology, who also runs a basic science laboratory. His research has been widely published with two hundred and fifty papers in peer-reviewed journals including Diabetes, The Lancet , Diabetes Care and FASEB. He is the author of the bestselling books “Understanding Type 2 diabetes” and “Fast Living, Slow Ageing”. His ongoing research focuses on understanding the mechanisms of vascular damage in diabetes, with a particular focus on renin angiotensin system and metabolic memory.
Marika Bjorasen Marika has been working in diabetes research since 2014, after completing a Masters of Public Health and working as a Registered Nurse in both acute and community care settings. She’s passionate about improving health outcomes for individuals and families living with diabetes and enjoys seeing the development of new treatments and preventative measures in the research space. She currently manages the Diabetes Research Unit at the Royal Melbourne Hospital, where they run a combination of clinician-led and pharmaceutical sponsored clinical trials. The unit is one arm of the wider Diabetes Research Centre, based at the Royal Melbourne Hospital and in collaboration with the Walter and Eliza Hall Medical Institute.
Belinda Moore Belinda is a Credentialled Diabetes Educator at the Royal Melbourne Hospital, a JDRF One Walk organiser and diabetes researcher. Belinda says:”I came about to be working in the field of diabetes in paediatrics and pregnancy after starting my nursing career in The Kimberley where every single day I was seeing sub optimal health and wellbeing outcomes for children and women impacted by diabetes due to inequitable access to healthcare services. I walked away from The Kimberley determined to up-skill in paediatric nursing, midwifery and diabetes education so that I could ensure women and children impacted by diabetes have the best access to education and care in hope of achieving the most optimal clinical outcomes for the mother, foetus, baby and child. I have taken this goal of improving clinical diabetes outcomes to wanting to find a cure for type one diabetes by preventing it. Currently, I have the absolute privilege of working with pregnant women and their families in the JDRF funded ENDIA Study in hope of unlocking the environmental and genetic determinants to islet cell autoimmunity. In my spare time I invest my energy in building face to face peer support for women with type one diabetes seeking preconception, pregnancy and postnatal support around Australia…what these women try to balance every day between their diabetes management, raising children, maintaining a household, remaining in a relationship and often working also is admirable although not easily achievable without 24/7 support.”


Professor Bodil Rasmussen Professor Rasmussen is Chair in Nursing in the partnership with Deakin University and Western Health, Australia. She is a member of the Centre for Patient Safety and Quality and has been involved in diabetes education for more than 20 years. Her program of research investigates the impact of changes during life transitions on self-management among adults with diabetes and use of technologies to manage chronic conditions. Bodil`s methodological expertise focuses on qualitative research methods. She currently works in partnership with Copenhagen University on a Guided Self-determination program to empower people with chronic conditions and enhance their life skills to better manage both their conditions and life.
Megan Gemmill Megan is a Credentialled Diabetes Educator and Registered Nurse/Midwife. Megan has been employed at the Royal Women’s Hospital in the field of diabetes and pregnancy for ten years and is currently completing a Master of Public Health on a part-time basis.
Susan Abraham Susan is a Registered Nurse and Credentialled Diabetes Educator.
Evelyn Boyce Evelyn is a Credentialled Diabetes Educator, Nurse and Health Coach with a background in health promotion, health coaching, women’s health, and asthma management.
Dr Kevin Lee Dr Kevin Lee is a Specialist Physician and Endocrinologist at the Victorian Endocrine Clinic. He also works at Monash Medical Centre and in the Lifestylebreakthrough clinic in Caulfield. He is a medical researcher at Monash University with an interest in the role of stress and how it affects our health and well-being. His work in this area has won him several awards including the Diabetes Australia Research Establishment Grant from the Royal College of Physicians as well as the Young Scientist of The Year by the Endocrine Society of Australia. He has extended his understanding of the hormonal system by being actively engaged in research with publications in peer-reviewed journals both as a clinician and a research scientist. Examining the mind-body relationship and the role of mindfulness in medicine, he emphasizes treatment plans that are holistic, spanning medication to meditation.


Dr Alan Barclay Alan is an Accredited Practising Dietitian who completed a PhD at the University of Sydney on the association between carbohydrate (starches and sugars) and the risk of developing lifestyle-related diseases like type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease. He completed a degree in Nutrition and Food Science in 1992 and completed a Certificate 111 in Commercial Cookery in 2018 and is now a qualified chef. He worked at Diabetes Australia – NSW from 1998 – 2014, and is now a consultant. He has co-authored more than 30 peer-reviewed articles and has presented his research at scientific conferences around the globe. He is the co/author of 5 books including The Ultimate Guide to Sugars and Sweeteners, The Good Carbs Cookbook and Reversing Diabetes.
Dr Kirstine Bell 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 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 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 DAA National Diabetes Interest Group Convenor and sits on the Program Organising Committee for the ADS-ADEA Annual Scientific Meeting.


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The venue is the Pullman Melbourne Albert Park, 65 Queens Road Melbourne VIC 3004. Directions and travel options to the venue are available here.

Delegates should book accommodation directly with the venue on (03) 9529 4300. A discounted rate of $190 at the Mercure or $240 at the Pullman (both for single rooms including breakfast and subject to availability) is available for delegates. Please advise that you are attending this conference when booking to receive these rates.

Delegates have been offered a discounted car parking rate of $16.00 per 24 hours, per exit. Delegates are required to pre-book parking via the venue’s online website. Instructions on how to book (using the discount code CONF16) are noted at this website link: