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2020 ADEA-VIC Branch Conference


Call for Abstracts



Friday 20 March 2020

4.00 – 5.30pm Workshop – Diabetes and Oral Health – how to assess and manage

Dr Hanny Calache

Workshop  – Setting Up a Private Practice – come prepared to write your own business plan
  Registration Registration
6.30pm Conference Dinner (TBC)

Saturday 21 March 2020

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8.00-9.00am Registration
8.15-9.15am Breakfast
8.45-9.15am Branch Meeting
9.25-9.30am Welcome and Housekeeping
9.30-10.30am Panel: Peer Support  – let’s hear what the consumers want from diabetes educators and education services

  • Ange Liston-McCaughley, Director, The Type 1 Foundation
  • Renza Scibilia, National Program Manager for Type 1 Diabetes and Consumer Voice, Diabetes Australia
  • Glen Tilley, person with Type 2 diabetes
  • Siobahn Johnston, Coordinator  NDSS National Youth & Youth Transition Project , Diabetes Victoria

Facilitated by Belinda Moore, RN, CDE

10.30-11.00am Morning Tea
11.00-11.45am Oral Abstracts and Poster Presentations
11.45am-12.45pm Exercise and Type 1 Diabetes -making it easier to love! – Allan Bolton, Accredited Exercise Physiologist & Sports Scientist

It is common for people with Type 1 Diabetes (T1D) to have a love-hate relationship with exercise. On the one hand they want to enjoy the physical and psychosocial benefits that come with regular exercise (‘The Love’), while on the other hand there is the issue of having to deal with the burdensome day-to-day management of different forms of physical activity, which can have varying effects on glycaemic management (‘The Hate’). Whatever your patients’ exercise goal e.g., weight management, improved fitness or better sports performance including exercise in the management mix introduces a whole new level of complexity for individuals with T1D, their carers and healthcare professionals.

12.45-1.45pm Lunch
1.45-3.15pm Panel: Nutrition and Diabetes – what’s the evidence and does it suit the consumers’ needs?

  • Jenny Carmuciano
  • Larissa Telfer, APD, CDE

Diabetes and Coeliac Disease

Associate Professor Jason Tye-Din, Endocrinologist, The Royal Melbourne Hospital

3.15-3.30pm Afternoon Tea
3.30-4.30pm Type One Diabetes Research – protecting beta cell function

Associate Professor John Wentworth, Endocrinologist and Type 1 Researcher, The Royal Melbourne Hospital

The Lived Experience of Having Children with Diabetes and at Risk of Type 1 Diabetes

4.30-4.45pm Conference wrap up and close




Larissa Telfer Larissa graduated from Monash University in 2013 and has since worked as a Clinical Dietitian at Ballarat Health Services where she has gained experience working with people with all types of diabetes across all ages.  More recently she has also joined Geelong Endocrinology and diabetes in Geelong. Larissa has a particular interest in supporting women with pre-existing diabetes through pregnancy, and working with families of children with T1DM. Larissa completed a Graduate Certificate in Diabetes Education to develop skills and knowledge in all aspects of diabetes, in particular using the latest technologies to support dietary management of diabetes. She adopts a collaborative approach and is passionate about educating and empowering people with diabetes to understand how what we eat impacts both diabetes and overall health.
Renza Scibilia Renza Scibilia has lived with type 1 diabetes since 1998. She is an advocate, activist and peer leader, promoting a person-centred approach to healthcare, and in the development of diabetes information and technologies. Renza is the National Program Manager for Type 1 Diabetes and Consumer Voice at Diabetes Australia, and was the Chair for the Living with Diabetes Stream at the 2019 IDF World Diabetes Congress. Renza is well-known in the diabetes online community, and is well-versed in social media, its influence on people with chronic health conditions and application in peer support. She is the author of one of Australia’s most widely-read patient blogs, Diabetogenic, and has written for many online and print publications. Renza has extensive experience as a facilitator, presenter and media spokesperson having presented at conferences in locally and around the world. She speaks about topics including the importance of peer support in chronic health management and why language matters in diabetes and healthcare.
Siobhan Johnston Siobhan Johnston currently coordinates the NDSS National Youth & Youth Transition Project as part of Diabetes Victoria’s Consumer Engagement team. She has worked with Diabetes Victoria for the past 8 years and is a Type 1 lived experience expert of 13 years. Siobhan holds a Bachelor of Nutritional Therapy and Graduate Certificates in Health Promotion and Consumer and Community Engagement respectively. Siobhan is a strong advocate for peer support and the fundamental role it plays in ones ongoing diabetes management. She coordinated Diabetes Victoria’s Peer Support Program prior to the birth of her daughter in 2018 and featured in Diabetes Victoria’s peer support promotional video to advocate for the benefits of peer support across Victoria. Siobhan brings a wealth of knowledge including her professional qualifications, work history and lived experience in this field.
Allan Bolton Allan Bolton B.H.M.S. (Hons) ESSAM AEP AES ASpS1. GradCertDiabEd. Allan is an Accredited Exercise Physiologist and Sports Scientist with post graduate qualifications in Diabetes Education. He has lived with Type 1 Diabetes for over 40 years during which exercise of all types and intensities have and continue to play an important role both professionally and personally. Allan created the ExT1D online education program to help others with type 1 participate in regular physical activity, exercise and sport with safety and confidence as well as provide a professional development resource for related HCPs.
Glen Tilley Glen has lived with Type 2 diabetes since Nov. 2010 and Rheumatoid Arthritis for 44 years. He is relatively well known through social media as being one of the core group of members of #OzDOC, the Australian Online Diabetes community. Glen is currently a member of the Diabetes Victoria – Consumer Advocacy Committee and has assisted in the production of Diabetes Victoria e-learning training package and Type 2 education booklets.


To be confirmed

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Call for Abstracts

The call for abstracts is now open and closes at 9.00am on Monday 2 December 2019. Instructions are available here.


The venue is the GMBHA Stadium at Kardinia Park, 370 Moorabool St, South Geelong VIC 3220.

Various accommodation options are available close to the venue.  These include: