Live Your Life Brisbane - Meet the presenters

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 diabetes.


This year some of our key speakers include Endocrinologists, Credentialled Diabetes Educators, General Practitioners and more. 


Speaker biographies - Saturday 30 March 2019 


Dr Kirstine Bell

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 Psychology with 

Dr Grant Sinnamon

Honours; a master's in counselling; a master's in clinical psychology awarded with Distinction; and a PhD in Medicine (Psychiatry) specifically in Psychoneuroimmunology.


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, research award.


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 Jarman


Kristianne has been living with type 1 diabetes since 1988, 

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 garden. 


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 Flint 

Steve is an Accredited Sports Dietitian with a special interest Steve Fin 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, Dr Luke ConwayCairns 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 Hospital.  


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 enjoys jogging.


Brady Schulz 

Brady Schulz is an Exercise Physiologist, Exercise Scientist, Brady SchulzDietitian, Nutritionist, Sports Dietitian and the Managing Director of Healthy Lifestyles Australia.


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 management.   


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".


Joseph Marchisella 

Joe was diagnosed with T1DM at age 5, before 

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becoming a credentialled diabetes educator, his first career was in music, followed by a transition to Nursing.


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 Australia.



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 On calendar. 

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