Speakers Biographies - 28 April 2018
Type 2 program
Understanding type 2 diabetes 9.20am -
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.
Can 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
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
Love food, eat well 11.45am -
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
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.
How 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
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.
The 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
Living 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
Exercise and Glucose levels 10.00am -
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
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
Keeping 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
Jen also spends time volunteering at Camp Diabetes and enjoys
educating families and the community about type 1 diabetes whenever
she gets the opportunity.
Understanding 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.
Type 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
Pregnancy and Diabetes Program
Prof David McIntyre
Preconception 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
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.
Preconception 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.
Preconception 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.
Preconception 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
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.