This weekend Brisbane is host to Diabetes Queensland's Live
Your Life EXPO.
The sold-out event provides the latest information
from the experts for both type 1 and type 2 diabetes. Live Your
Life is made up of interactive and engaging
presentations from health professionals who work closely in the
area of diabetes. Attendees come away from the day feeling more
confident, motivated and empowered to live well with
This year some of our key speakers
include Endocrinologists, Credentialled Diabetes Educators,
General Practitioners and more.
Speaker biographies - Saturday 30 March
Dr Kirstine Bell
Dr Kirstine Bell is an Accredited Practising Dietitian,
Credentialled Diabetes Educator and has her PhD in nutrition &
insulin dosing in type 1 diabetes.
Following her PhD, Kirstie continued her research at Joslin
Diabetes Centre at Harvard Medical School and at the University of
Newcastle. She now based at the University of Sydney as a
Research Fellow, where she runs clinical trials in type 1 diabetes.
Kirstie has been recognised as a JDRF Future Research Leader
and her work has been incorporated into diabetes clinical
guidelines all over the world.
Dr Grant Sinnamon
Dr Grant Sinnamon holds a Bachelor of
Honours; a master's in counselling; a
master's in clinical psychology awarded with Distinction; and a PhD
in Medicine (Psychiatry) specifically in
With a particular interest in type
1 diabetes, Grant is involved with the condition as a clinician,
researcher, father of a daughter with type 1 diabetes (for the last
18 years), and as a person who has personally lived with type 1
diabetes for the last 40 years (diagnosed at 10 years of age).
Grant's wife, Natalie, also has a familial interest in type 1
diabetes, having lost her maternal grandmother to hypoglycaemia
when Natalie was just 10 years old.
As a researcher, Grant's Doctoral
dissertation was on the psychoneuroimmunology of type 1 diabetes.
He has published in this area, and his research on anxiety and
depression in children and adolescents with type 1 diabetes, was
awarded the 2013 World Biomedical Frontiers, Frontiers in Diabetes,
Grant is the creator of the REPAIR™ Model. REPAIR™ was initially
developed as a neurofunctional model of clinical intervention
for childhood trauma and neurodevelopmental disorders and has
been widely adopted in Australia and around the world as a
treatment model. Grant has also developed the REPAIR™Model as
a management and treatment platform for chronic illness in children
with a specific focus on type 1 diabetes.
Today, Grant and his wife Natalie, an Occupational Therapist,
run the Bela Menso Brain and Behaviour Centre, with clinics at
Varsity Lakes and in Townsville.
Kristianne has been living with type 1 diabetes since
She lives in the Sunshine Coast hinterland and works full time
as a credentialled diabetes educator at a large health facility on
Brisbane's northside, a job that she thoroughly enjoys.diagnosed at
the age of 11.
In her spare time Kristianne loves to spend time in the great
outdoors, camping and 4wdriving or getting her hands dirty in the
Everyone's journey with diabetes is unique and different but
it's always comforting to know you are not alone. Come on a journey
with Kristianne, a diabetes educator who has been living with type
1 for over 30 years and have a light hearted look at the ups and
downs of living with type 1. Kristianne will share with you her
personal insights as she explores some of the challenges she has
faced and what she has learnt from her clients.
Steve is an Accredited Sports Dietitian with a special
interest in the role of nutrition and exercise
in diabetes management. Having grown up with a sister with type 1
diabetes, he has a unique understanding of the condition and its
many challenges. His aim is to help people living with diabetes to
eat well and stay physically active without fear of compromising
their diabetes management.
Outside of work Steve enjoys playing golf, running and a good
cup of coffee.
Dr Luke Conway
Dr Luke Conway is a specialist at Cairns
hospital, Cairns Diabetes Centre and
privately at Cairns Diabetes & Endocrinology. At the Cairns
Diabetes centre he was involved in setting up the newly established
young adult diabetes service.
He previously worked in the endocrinology
department at the Princess Alexandra hospital and Mater
He was recent recipient of the Royal
Australian College of Physician Young Investigator award for his
project on real world use of GLP1 agonists & SGLT2 inhibitor
use in indigenous Australians.
He is passionate about his work and his goal
is to provide excellent holistic care to all his patients. He
has a special interest in general endocrinology and diabetes but
especially diabetes technology and pumps.
He also a proud father and in his spare time
Brady Schulz is an Exercise Physiologist, Exercise
Scientist, Dietitian, Nutritionist,
Sports Dietitian and the Managing Director of Healthy Lifestyles
His speaking obligations see him presenting regularly at health
symposiums, conferences and expos including those held by Diabetes
Queensland, QLD Health, Primary Health Networks, not-for-profit
organisations and accreditation bodies including Sports Dietitians
Australia. Somehow he manages to fit in university guest lecturing
and is a keen cyclist, mountain biker and triathlete.
Brady's clinical load is broad however his specialty areas
within chronic disease management include diabetes, respiratory
health and fitness, intolerances and allergies, cardiovascular
disease, body composition and weight
Brady himself provides clinical services in Brisbane, Ipswich,
Toowoomba and Hervey Bay. However, his company and its 30 plus
staff provide services to over 120 medical centres, aged care
facilities and allied health facilities in QLD including Dietitian,
Exercise Physiology and Diabetes Education services.
Brady provides an entertaining and factual presentation on
"Incorporating Exercise into your Daily Life".
Joe was diagnosed with T1DM at age 5, before
becoming a credentialled diabetes educator,
his first career was in music, followed by a transition to
Joe has a strong interest in diabetes technology, and works as a
Clinical Nurse / Credentialed Diabetes Educator with a special
interest in T1DM / SCII / CGMS at the Ipswich and West Moreton
Diabetes Service at the Ipswich Hospital, where he practices in one
of fastest growing and most dynamic population centers in
To view the full program and
find out more about the EXPO, visit
the Brisbane Live Your
Life event page.
For upcoming dates and locations for future Live
Your Life events, visit our What's