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2019 ADEA-TAS Branch Seminar



Friday 15 November 2019
12.00-1.00pm Trade Displays and Registration
1.00-1.05pm Welcome and Housekeeping
1.05-1.55pm Microbiome and Health: Connections with Diabetes – Professor Katie Flanagan

A healthy microbiota leads to a healthy immune balance  and metabolic homeostasis, whereas disruption of the microbiota, called dysbiosis, causes a breakdown in this status quo. An increasing number of studies are linking the microbiota with poor glycaemic control in patients with type 2 diabetes. This talk will review the evidence and discuss trials of probiotics and other microbiota altering strategies to improve this highly prevalent condition.

1.55-2.55pm Workshop – Accuracy of Data – Jennifer Wright, RN, CDE

This will be an insightful and practical workshop. The main focus will be to discuss the importance of accuracy in blood glucose monitoring and sharing the real and practical implications for people who are self-monitoring. It will also cover Continuous Glucose Monitoring and Flash Glucose Monitoring – and where applicable the importance of using the most accurate Blood Glucose Monitoring for calibration.

Sponsored by Ascensia Diabetes Care

2.55-3.15pm Afternoon Tea and Trade Displays
3.15-4.05pm Diabetes and Exercise – Dr. Agata Piotrowicz

Guidelines advocate physical exercise for all people living with diabetes. This is to achieve a variety of health benefits including cardiovascular risk reduction. However physical exercise in type 1 diabetes is associated with an increased risk of hypoglycaemia. Potential causes of exercise related hypoglycaemia in type 1 diabetes and recommendations to limit this complication will be reviewed.

  • Update from National Office, Susan Davidson, ADEA CEO
  • Evaluation and sum up
4.30pm Close


Professor Katie Flanagan Katie Flanagan is Head of Clinical Infectious Diseases at LGH, Clinical Professor in the School of Medicine at the University of Tasmania; Adjunct Professor in the School of Health and Biomedical Science at RMIT University; and Adjunct Associate Professor in the Department of Immunology and Pathology at Monash University. Alongside her clinical role she has a long history of conducting infectious diseases and vaccine research in Europe, Africa and Australia. Her current main research focus involves applying Systems Biology techniques to study human responses to vaccination particularly at the extremes of age; and the role that biological sex plays in responses to vaccination. This includes studies of the effect of the human microbiota on immunity and responses to vaccination.
Dr Agata Piotrowicz Dr Agata Piotrowicz is an Australian-based health professional. She has Staff Specialist appointment at Launceston General Hospital since 2018 where she provides diabetes and general endocrine service. Dr Agata Piotrowicz recently completed PhD in the area of type 1 diabetes and exercise at the University of Sydney, NSW. She presented her research at several national and international diabetes scientific meetings and authored publication in peer-reviewed journal. She is an Australian trained Endocrinologist who completed her advanced training in NSW. She is bilingual, fluent also in Polish language.


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The venue is the Launceston Conference Centre, 50 Glen Dhu St, South Launceston

Free car parking is available to all visitors on a first come first served basis.