EXPOsing Diabetes Brisbane

Speakers Biographies - 28 April 2018


Type 2 program


Dr Konrad Kangru

Understanding type 2 diabetes 9.20am - 10.20am


DR-KDiabetes Queensland is delighted to host a session at Saturday's EXPOsing Diabetes by one of regional Queensland's most determined diabetes advocates. Dr Konrad Kangru is a rural GP in Proserpine, North Queensland. He is very active in the teaching of students and registrars, as well as ongoing education for GPs, in his special interest area of diabetes care. He is also the current President of the Rural Doctors Association of Queensland.






Dr Alan Barclay

Dr Alan BarclayCan you reverse type 2 diabetes? 11.00am - 11.45am


Dr Alan Barclay says Australian health professionals are lagging behind their UK counterparts in offering people with type 2 diabetes the possibility of putting their condition into remission.

Dr Barclay is one of the presenters at the upcoming EXPOsing Diabetes event at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre on April 28. He has more than 20 years of clinical experience as an Accredited Practising Dietitian, including nearly 16 years at Diabetes Australia (NSW), was chief scientific officer at the Glycemic Index Foundation, and has a PhD from the University of Sydney on carbohydrates and chronic disease risk.

He is also a best-selling author on diabetes and nutrition.

Dr Barclay was one of the first public proponents in this country of the idea that you can reverse type 2 diabetes, having sold more than 10,000 copies of his aptly titled book "Reversing Diabetes".


Linda Uhr

Linda UrhsLove food, eat well 11.45am - 12.30pm


Linda is an Accredited Practicing Dietitian currently working at Diabetes Queensland. Her main areas of interest lie in diabetes management, and she has a personal interest in gut health and how this plays a big role in impacting our health.


This year she recently began her Diabetes Education Graduate Certificate at the University of Technology Sydney to further her passion, knowledge and skills in working with people living with diabetes.


When Linda has spare time away from work she loves getting active and out in nature. Running and attempting to surf are the activities that bring her the most happiness.


Laura Zimmerman

Laura -Zimmerman -Head -shot -7How to effectively manage type 2 diabetes 2.00pm - 2.30pm


Laura is a University of Queensland School of Nursing graduate with Postgraduate Certifications in Chronic Disease Self-Management Advising and Diabetes Education & Management. She is also the Queensland branch chair of the Australian Diabetes Educators Association


Laura has lived in Goondiwindi, south west Queensland, with her husband and two children since 2012. At this time, she began her work in Chronic Disease Management at the Goondiwindi Medical Centre as a Practice Nurse. Since then Laura has worked as a Clinical Nurse Specialist, Diabetes Educator and Cardiac Rehabilitation Coordinator for NSW Health.


Laura now runs her own Private Practice in Goondiwindi called Macintyre Health as a Credentialed Diabetes Educator.


The goal of Macintyre Health is to let country people have access to the best in Diabetes Management, despite their remote location. Laura currently provides Diabetes Education Services in Goondiwindi, St George, Inglewood, Texas and Moree, NSW.


Dr Andrew Rochford

Dr Andrew RochfordThe little things make a big difference 2.30pm - 3.30pm


Who says we're short on glamour? One of our presenters at Saturday's EXPOsing Diabetes, Dr Andrew Rochford, is loved by many as a qualified medical doctor who became known to Australian TV viewers through winning the 2004 series of The Block. Now one of the hosts of the popular Channel 10 show The Project, he spent a number of years at Channel 9 where he presented programs including What's Good for You, The Waiting Room, You Saved My Life and Amazing Medical Stories. Formerly a co-host of Sydney's Mix 106.5's breakfast program The Brighter Side of Breakfast with Claire Hooper, he's an ambassador for a number of causes and charities, primarily focusing on health-related issues in our community and the promotion of an active lifestyle for all Australians.


Type 1 Program


Dr Grant Cracknell

Grant -cracknellLiving well with type 1 - the day to day management 9.15am - 10.00am


Dr Grant Cracknell completed a Bachelor of Science degree before moving to Queensland to study medicine at The University of Queensland. Dr Cracknell is now an endocrinologist working full time in private practice at St Andrews Hospital, Brisbane. He has a general endocrine clinic with special interests in insulin pump therapy for people living with type 1 diabetes.


Dr Cracknell is a member of the Endocrine Society of Australia, The Australian Diabetes Society, The American Diabetes Association, The American Endocrine Society, and the European Society of Endocrinology.


Scott Quigg

Exercise and Glucose levels 10.00am - 10.30am


Scott Quigg made the decision to become an Exercise Physiologist after seeing the devastating consequences of type 2 diabetes on his family's health. After losing his father to diabetes complications in 2000, Scott completed a Bachelor of Applied Science (Human Movement Studies) at QUT and Graduate Certificate of Diabetes Education at Deakin University and is an Accredited Exercise Physiologist with Exercise & Sport Science Australia (ESSA).


Scott has worked with the Metro North Diabetes Service since 2009 and is a guest lecturer at QUT in type 1 diabetes and exercise for clinical exercise physiology.



Jennifer La Cour

Jen La CourKeeping up to date with the latest technology 11.00am - 11.45am


Jen is a Clinical Nurse and Credentialled Diabetes Educator. She has worked in a tertiary Paediatric Hospital since 2011 supporting families living with type 1 diabetes.


Jen has been having a long-term love-hate relationship with type 1 diabetes since she was 11. The greatest gift diabetes has given her is her job and the amazing people she meets through the diabetes grapevine.


Jen also spends time volunteering at Camp Diabetes and enjoys educating families and the community about type 1 diabetes whenever she gets the opportunity.


Steve Flint

Steve HeadshotUnderstanding all the macronutrients 11.45am - 12.15pm


Steve is an Accredited Practising Dietitian and Accredited Sports Dietitian. He joined the team at Diabetes Queensland after working in the private practice sector and for North Melbourne Football Club in the AFL.


Steve has a special interest in the nutritional management of diabetes, having grown up with a sibling with type 1 diabetes. Steve is highly passionate about combining his knowledge in diabetes and sports nutrition to help people maintain their participation in exercise and physical activity without compromising their diabetes management. 


He keeps active by running and in his previous life he was known to be a rock star barista.


Carolyn Uhlmann

Carolyn -UhlmanType 1 and emotional health 2.00pm - 3.00pm


Carolyn is a registered psychologist, who is experienced in providing support to people across a range of areas such as living with diabetes (type 1 and 2), metabolic, endocrine and other acute and chronic health issues, persistent pain, mental health and emotional well-being, trauma, body image and eating disorders. Carolyn has experience working in hospital, health, community and private practice settings.


Carolyn works in private practice in the Tarragindi area and is part-time as a psychologist at Mater Health. Carolyn will present at our EXPOsing Diabetes on Saturday in her private practice capacity.



Pregnancy and Diabetes Program


Prof David McIntyre

David Mc IntyrePreconception care for women with type 1 or type 2 diabetes - the Endocrinology perspective 9.10am - 9.50am


If you'll be attending our pregnancy and diabetes program, you're going to hear from Professor David McIntyre, who trained in endocrinology in Australia and Belgium. He is Head of Mater Clinical School and Head of the Mothers and Babies Research Theme at the University of Queensland. David also maintains his clinical involvement and is Director of Obstetrics Medicine at Mater Health Services.


Recent research studies have examined the effects of diabetes, obesity and high blood pressure during pregnancy on the health of mothers and babies, both during pregnancy and with long term follow up. Prof McIntyre is a former Chair of the International Association of Diabetes in Pregnancy Study Groups (IADPSG).


He has been closely involved in the translation of clinical research findings into clinical practice, in particular through the re-definition of gestational diabetes and promotion of intensive management of type 1 diabetes through the DAFNE (dose adjustment for normal eating) programme.


Dr Julie Buchanan

Julie -BuchananPreconception care for women with type 1 or type 2 diabetes - the Obstetrician perspective 9.50am - 10.30am


Dr Buchanan is an Obstetrician and Gynaecologist who divides her time between working as a staff specialist at the Mater Mothers' Hospital and in private practice at Eve Health.

She has a special interest in the complex and potentially changing journey of pregnancy, the sensitive nature of gynaecological problems, and so places emphasis on communicating clearly and compassionately.


Alison Barry

Alison -barryPreconception care for women with type 1 or type 2 diabetes - the CDE perspective 11.00am - 11.30am


Alison is a Midwife and Credentialled Diabetes Educator with over 25 years working in the speciality area of diabetes and pregnancy. Alison has held a number of clinical and research positions over this period of time.


She currently works for QLD Health as a Clinical Nurse Consultant co-ordinating the Diabetes in Pregnancy Clinics across Metro North: Caboolture, Redcliffe and RBWH.


Alison feels privileged to work with women at this important and exciting stage of their lives in planning or experiencing a pregnancy and birth. It is both challenging and very rewarding.


Her other interests include travel, food and wine.


Dr Shelley Wilkinson

Shelley WilkinsonPreconception care for women with type 1 or type 2 diabetes - Nutrition priorities 11.30am - 12.00pm


Dr Shelley Wilkinson is an Advanced Accredited Practising Dietitian in the position of Senior Maternal Health Research Dietitian at the Mater Health Services. Shelley holds a Queensland Health Research Fellowship at the Mater Mothers' Hospital in Brisbane.


Shelley has a PhD in Psychology; her current work blends dietetics and psychology in all programs she develops and runs at the Mater. Her research informs maternal health service development and delivery through translating evidence into practice to improve maternal health, nutritional status and pregnancy outcomes across the state. Most importantly, Shelley is a recent new mum.

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