Promoting Excellence in Diabetes Care

Best Practice in Diabetes Centres Symposium

BPDC

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The Best Practice in Diabetes Centres Symposium has been an integral educational, policy and service provision forum hosted by the NADC. The BPDC brings together prominent and influential key opinion leaders with a focus on and passion for diabetes service provision, with the aim to share and learn from each other.

These meetings provide an interactive forum that aims to discuss issues important to diabetes centres and services from primary through to tertiary level.

The format of the meeting involves topical session presentations that are followed by focused discussion and audience participation.

The BPDC has previously been “by invitation only”, however, due to overwhelming demand, BPDC is now open for registration by all healthcare professional delegates from NADC member centres and our sponsoring organisations.

The main topics that are addressed BPDC include:

  • The vision and policy settings in diabetes care in Australia
  • Using standards, accreditation and data to improve care
  • Innovation in Models of Diabetes Care

If you and your team care about providing the most efficient, effective and optimal care possible for people living with diabetes, then BPDC is a must.

Certificates of attendance will be available for delegates and attract points. RACGP and ADEA CPD are also available for both ADATS & BPDC.

BPDC 2021

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MEET OUR BPDC 2021 SPEAKERS

WORKSHOP DISCUSSION/DEBATE: The vision and policy settings in diabetes care in Australia

HON JUDI MOYLAN

Time: 10:25-10:45
Topic: What did the National Diabetes Strategy (ANDS) 2016-2020 achieve and what is next… What is Still to be Done?

PROF GREG JOHNSON

Time: 10:45-11:05
Topic: Greater Influence and Impact for Diabetes Policy and Advocacy – looking back over the past decade, and where to from here?

A/PROF SPIROS FOURLANOS

Time: 11:30-11:50
Topic: What is wrong and right with inpatient management of diabetes in Australia

DR GAURAV PURI

Time: 11:50-12:10
Topic: Sweet story of QuIDS- Queensland Inpatient Diabetes Survey

WORKSHOP DISCUSSION/DEBATE: The vision and policy settings in diabetes care in Australia

A/PROF SPIROS FOURLANOS

Time: 11:30-11:50
Topic: What is wrong and right with inpatient management of diabetes in Australia?

DR GAURAV PURI

Time: 11:50-12:10
Topic: Sweet story of QuIDS- Queensland Inpatient Diabetes Survey

IRENE KOPP

Time: 12:10-12:30
Topic: Improving diabetes management in Residential Care

PROF GREG JOHNSON

Time: 10:45-11:05
Topic: Greater Influence and Impact for Diabetes Policy and Advocacy – looking back over the past decade, and where to from here?

WORKSHOP DISCUSSION/DEBATE: Using standards, accreditation and data to improve care

DR ELAINE PRETORIUS

Time: 1:30-1:50
Topic: Quality Improvement in diabetes care from planning to implementation and maintenance with scale and stickiness

DR KONRAD KANGRU

Time: 1:50-2:10
Topic: Why it is important to set standards in primary care

PROF SOPHIA ZOUNGAS

Time: 2:10-2:30
Topic: Using data to improve care

DR GAURAV PURI

Time: 11:50-12:10
Topic: Sweet story of QuIDS- Queensland Inpatient Diabetes Survey

WORKSHOP DISCUSSION/DEBATE: Innovation in Models of Diabetes Care

DR VIVIENNE SHARMA

Time: 3:20-3:30
Topic: Primary Care Diabetes Clinic – Mt Druitt Community Health Centre

DR ODETTE PEARSON

Time: 3:30-3:40
Topic: Upskilling Aboriginal Health Workers in Diabetes Care

A/PROF ALEX VIARDOT

Time: 3:40-3:50
Topic: Diabetes care for the Homeless

JAYNE LEHMANN

Time: 3:50 – 4:00
Topic: NDIS: Team up to deliver quality diabetes care for people with intellectual disability

DR RAHUL BARMANRAY

Time: 4:00 – 4:10
Topic: Inpatient Management of Blood Glucose

PROF RICHARD MACISAAC

Time: 4:10-4:30
Topic: Cancer Care and Diabetes

DR ODETTE PEARSON

Time: 3:40-3:50
Topic: Upskilling Aboriginal Health Workers in Diabetes Care

DR ODETTE PEARSON

Time: 3:40-3:50
Topic: Upskilling Aboriginal Health Workers in Diabetes Care

BPDC Provisional Program

PAST BPDC

HON JUDI MOYLAN AO GAICD

How Adults with Type 1 Diabetes Are Navigating the Challenges of Open-Source Artificial Pancreas Systems

Biography

Judi Moylan was appointed Independent President and Chair of the Board of Diabetes Australia in 2013, following her retirement after 20 years in Federal Parliament. Judi established and chaired the non-partisan Parliamentary Diabetes Support Group for 13 years. From 2013 – 2015 she was the Co-Chair of the National Diabetes Strategy Advisory Group and Global Co-ordinator for the International Diabetes Federation’s Parliamentarians for Diabetes Global Network.

Judi was appointed an Officer (AO) of the Order of Australia in 2016.

Abstract

What did the National Diabetes Strategy (ANDS) 2016-2020 achieve and what is next… What is Still to be Done?

PROFESSOR GREG JOHNSON

Greater Influence and Impact for Diabetes Policy and Advocacy - looking back over the past decade, and where to from here?

Biography

Greg is an experienced chief executive, leader and advocate in health with a career spanning hospital pharmacy, executive management of hospitals; and for purpose leadership. He has been CEO of Diabetes Australia for over 10 years and worked in diabetes for 19 years.

Greg has led the transformation of Diabetes Australia from a time of crisis with governance failures and solvency threats when he commenced – to its current position of strength, influence, impact and much greater unity. This includes leading the National Diabetes Services Scheme and successfully negotiating three successive Australian Government funding agreements; and leading the Diabetes Australia Research Program which has grown and sustained support for over 50 research projects every year.

His many significant advisory roles include the Steering Committee – Australian Chronic Disease Prevention Alliance; Diabetes Expert Advisory Group – AIHW; Expert Adviser, National Diabetes Strategy 2016-20 and 2021-30. Greg is also an Honorary Professor – Deakin University.

Greg has led the creation and implementation of many significant initiatives including:

• Australia’s first large scale diabetes prevention program (the Life! Program in Victoria) in Victoria which has been ongoing since 2007.
• Established the Australian Centre for Behavioural Research in Diabetes
• Established the National Gestational Diabetes Register as part of the NDSS
• A change program for “A new language of diabetes” addressing language and communication to improve wellbeing and outcomes
for people with diabetes and health professionals
• The $300m Continuous Glucose Monitoring Initiative as part of the NDSS
• KeepSight – a new digital health initiative for diabetes eye screening
• FootForward – a new national program to prevent diabetes related foot problems/amputations.

He has also led much stronger national advocacy and policy development for diabetes and built relationships with federal and state governments.

Abstract


In 2009, Diabetes Australia was a failing federation with solvency risks and no policy, advocacy, campaign, communication or program implementation/development capability. Over the course of the next 10 years, Diabetes Australia successfully shifted its focus from “inward” looking and constant internal disputes – to a confident, “external” focus with strong capability in policy development, partnerships across the sector, effective community awareness campaigns, effective government advocacy and MP engagement, and success in establishing many new, high impact programs.

The presentation will address some of the challenges and opportunities for the coming decade.

ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR SPIROS FOURLANOS

What is wrong and right with inpatient management of diabetes in Australia?

Biography

Associate Professor Spiros Fourlanos is a Consultant Endocrinologist and General Medical Unit Head at the Royal Melbourne Hospital (RMH). Spiros received his PhD from the University of Melbourne for his research entitled ‘Latent Autoimmune Diabetes in Adults (LADA): New Clinical, Immunogenetic and Metabolic Perspectives’ completed at the Walter & Eliza Hall Institute. For his post doctoral research he conducted a randomised clinical trial on nasal insulin in adults with autoimmune diabetes.

In conjunction with Professor Peter Colman he developed the BioGrid Diabetes Database which is now being used in multiple NADC member institutes in Australia.

He established the RMH Bariatric Medicine Clinic and continues to have a keen interest in the clinical management of obesity.

Spiros has served on multiple program organising committees for the Australian Diabetes Society Annual Scientific Meeting and also on DART grant review panels.

His clinical research interests include investigating adult-onset autoimmune diabetes, obesity and new models of care for hospital diabetes inpatients.

Abstract

TBA

DR GAURAV PURI

Sweet story of QuIDS- Queensland Inpatient Diabetes Survey

Biography

Gaurav is very passionate about health equity, sustainability and building system capacity by establishing integrated models of patient centred care delivery with a primary intent of co-designing services with the help of the consumers, for the consumers and by the consumers. And for the same reasons, he believes that to drive this agenda, we need lot more clinicians integrated into medical leadership i.e. ‘Integrated’ Clinical Leaders.

He strongly believes that ‘Prevention’ is the only cure for the anticipated crisis from rising chronic disease prevalence. Gaurav is also the Chair of Queensland Statewide Diabetes Clinical Network and Senior Staff Specialist Endocrine & Diabetes at Cairns Hospital. 

Abstract

TBA

IRENE KOPP

Diabetes Management in the Elderly, in Residential Aged Care Facilities

Biography

Irene is a Diabetes Nurse Practitioner at the Nepean Diabetes Service, she has been a Credentialled Diabetes Educator since 2004 and an Endorsed Nurse Practitioner since 2011. Irene coordinates the diabetes-inpatient-service where she provides comprehensive assessments and management of inpatients and outpatients and offers clinical leadership and support to nursing, medical and allied health staff to the hospitals and community health services in the NBMLHD. She reviews new procedures and technology in relation to best diabetes practice implementing state-of-the-art equipment to our hospitals. 

Irene lectures at the University of Sydney and UTS in both undergraduate and post graduate courses for medical and nursing students. She was the course coordinator at UTS for the Master of Nursing, Nurse Practitioner and The Graduate Certificate in Diabetes Education and Management 2012-2014. In her role as co-chair of the ACI Diabetes and Endocrine Network, Irene has been involved in the implementation of many diabetes initiatives in our public hospitals and community settings and has served on multiple organising committees.

Abstract

1 in 6 people aged over 65 are reported to have diabetes. The prevalence of diabetes amongst residents in aged care facilities varies between studies, but is typically around one in four – a significantly higher rate than in the general population.

Diabetes Nurse Practitioner was asked to assist with Diabetes Management in a Residential Aged Care Facility in Penrith during a COVID-19 outbreak in 2020, multiple issues identified in the management of diabetes.

In this talk we look at issues identified and solutions implemented.

DR ELAINE PRETORIUS

Quality Improvement in diabetes care from planning to implementation and maintenance with scale and stickiness

Biography

Dr Pretorius is the Executive Director of Medical Services for the Limestone Coast Local Health Network, South Australia. She has been a member of the National Australian Diabetes Centres Steering Committee since inception and the Chair of the NADC Accreditation Committee. She is a member of the NADC Foot Network Executive Committee and participated in the development of national standards for accreditation of foot services.

She trained in South Africa as an Endocrinologist and General Physician and came to Australia in 2004 to join the Endocrinology team at Flinders Medical Centre. Dr Pretorius was the Head of Unit for the Diabetes and Endocrine Services and subsequently the Divisional Director for Medicine in the Northern Adelaide Local Network. She was based in NALHN from 2006-2019. She counts clinical governance, quality improvement and change management as special areas of interest.

Dr Pretorius has completed a Master’s Degree in Health Care Management and completed a Fellowship in Medical Administration in 2018.

Dr Pretorius is a passionate cat lover, politics tragic and enjoys embroidery and theatre-going in her spare time.

Abstract

TBA

DR KONRAD KANGRU

Why it is important to set standards in primary care

Biography

Dr Konrad Kangru, a rural General Practitioner from north Qld, shares his insights into he many individual, institutional and systemic factors which remain barriers to greater technological uptake.

Abstract

Managing any Chronic disease in General Practice is hard, especially one which is mostly asymptomatic like Diabetes. With so many competing pressures for our attention and time, knowing we are delivering the best of care to our patients can be tough. By building Standards of Care into General Practice Diabetes management however this becomes much easier, with benefits for everyone

PROF SOPHIA ZOUNGAS

Using data to improve care

Biography

Professor Sophia Zoungas is the Head of Monash University’s School of Public Health and Preventive Medicine, and also leads the School’s Metabolism, Ageing and Genomics Division. She is an Endocrinologist with clinical appointments at both Alfred Health and Monash Health.

Sophia is the project lead for The Australian National Diabetes Audit (ANDA), a longstanding centralised quality assurance activity aiming to improve the quality of care provided to people attending primary, secondary and tertiary health care services (diabetes centres) for management of diabetes. ANDA is facilitated by the National Association of Diabetes Centres (NADC) and funded by the Australian Government Department of Health.

Abstract

TBA

DR VIVIENNE SHARMA

Primary Care Diabetes Clinic - Mt Druitt Community Health Centre

Biography

Dr Sharma is a specialist General Practitioner, having graduated with Honours from the University of New South Wales and obtained further qualifications as a Fellow of the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners. She joined Mt Druitt Medical centre in 2012 and has been involved in the management committee of the Mt Druitt Medical Practitioners Association. She is heavily involved in medical education with GPSynergy helping to educate the next generation of General Practitioners. She was one of the first 4 GP VMO’s to work at the Mt Druitt Community centre diabetes clinic aimed at improving diabetes management in primary care.

Abstract

The Western Sydney Diabetes’ (WSD) diabetes clinic at Mt Druitt Community Health Centre officially opened on August 27 2020 and helps manage people living with complex Type 2 diabetes in the Mt Druitt and Blacktown areas of Western Sydney. The clinic, which has been operational since May 2020, is a continual collaborative effort from Blacktown Hospital and the WSD team as well as local GP’s who act as VMO’s in the clinic to provide care as well as upskill in the management of diabetes. This presentation explains the clinic model and the experience gained by a GP VMO employed at the service.

DR ODETTE PEARSON

Upskilling Aboriginal Health Workers in Diabetes Care

Biography

Odette is a Kuku Yalanji/Torres Strait Islander woman jointly appointed as a Senior Research Fellow with Wardliparingga Aboriginal Research Unit at South Australian Health & Medical Research Institute and the Sansom Institute for Health Research within University of South Australia. Her experience and post-doctoral training in Aboriginal health policy, health systems and inequity comprises a unique comprehensive skillset relevant to existing and emerging complexities of Aboriginal health and well-being.

Odette has expertise in (1) primary health care contexts and systems and their linkages with health and social services (2) conceptual development of Aboriginal specific well-being frameworks and indicators, and (3) using social and epidemiological research to develop policy for chronic disease prevention and management. With strong community and cross sector engagement her current research activities focus on how to reduce disadvantage by improving health and social system responses to better meet the needs of Aboriginal people.

Abstract

TBA

A/PROF ALEX VIARDOT

Diabetes care for the Homeless

Biography

Associate Professor Alex Viardot is a Consultant Endocrinologist in the Department of Endocrinology and joint Deputy Director of the Diabetes Service at St Vincent’s Hospital Sydney. He is actively involved in teaching at UNSW and is Group Leader at the Garvan Institute of Medical Research. He completed his medical training at the University of Basel in Switzerland, followed by a PhD at the Garvan and an NHMRC Research Fellowship at Imperial College London. His research focuses on fundamental mechanisms of insulin resistance, inflammation and appetite hormones, with clinical studies in Prader-Willi syndrome. His clinical interests include personalised medicine in the management of diabetes and obesity, as well as new models of care to address inequities in the access of health care.

Abstract

Developed countries are confronted with increasing homelessness as a result of social injustice and structural violence. These vulnerable individuals are deprived of a health promoting environment, are prone to chronic diseases including diabetes and have no access to mainstream medical care. St Vincent’s Hospital Sydney is located in the inner city serving people with poverty and homelessness under its core missions. To address this gap, our Diabetes Service has permanently established a Diabetes Outreach Clinic utilising a physician in the practice model at a homeless hostel since 2015. The Matthew Talbot Hostel Clinic is a nurse-run health facility located within the Hostel for Homeless Men, with a primary care team including a General Practitioner and Clinical Nurse Specialist for Homeless Health. An Endocrinologist and Diabetes Educator joined this clinic regularly to review pre-selected patients with diabetes or metabolic syndrome in joint case conferences. Aims were to provide access to specialist diabetes care, to up-skill the local primary care team, and to promote linkages between primary and tertiary care. An audit of 353 case conferences over the last 5 years (2015-2020) confirmed the presence of adverse lifestyle and cardiovascular risk factors, as well as underlying mental health problems. In those patients seen more than once (56%), significant improvements in HbA1c, lipids and blood pressure were observed.

We suggest that this Diabetes Outreach Clinic for the Homeless is an innovative example of a cost-effective model of diabetes care for vulnerable populations, improving treatment outcomes and supporting and up-skilling primary care teams. A key factor to success is a trusted local primary care team assisting in the planning of these clinics and providing close supervision of patient’s treatment.

JAYNE LEHMANN

NDIS: Team up to deliver quality diabetes care for people with intellectual disability

Biography

Jayne Lehmann has over 30 years of experience in the care, support and education of people with diabetes across the age range. Inspired by insights from caring for her daughter Sarah, who had a severe intellectual disability. Jayne’s business EdHealth Australia pioneered, and continues to evolve, innovative services, education strategies and resources to address inequality in diabetes care outcomes for people with intellectual disability. Jayne’s aim is to address inequality in diabetes care outcomes for people with intellectual disability. Her advocacy for, and input into the design of, a range of NDSS resources is increasing the capacity of health professionals and disability support workers to deliver quality and safe diabetes care and education, with people with intellectual disability actively involved, to the best of their ability, across Australia.

Abstract

Jayne Lehmann works with people with cognitive impairment across Australia. Her business EdHealth Australia delivers innovative solutions to people at the tip of the pointy end of diabetes care, support and education; people with an Acquired Brain Injury, intellectual and/or psychosocial disability. This session explores the barriers preventing people with these conditions from achieving equal access to quality healthcare.

They contribute to people with intellectual disability dying 27 years earlier than their non-disabled counterparts. Inspired by insights from caring for her daughter Sarah, who had a severe intellectual disability, Jayne’s advocacy for, and input into the design of, a range of NDSS resources is increasing the capacity of health professionals and disability support workers to deliver quality and safe diabetes care, education and support by encouraging the active involvement of people with intellectual disability actively, to the best of their ability, across Australia.

Jayne will introduce the resources and their use during the session and show how she is teaming up with diabetes services and health professionals across Australia to deliver quality diabetes care that really makes a difference.

DR RAHUL BARMANRAY

Inpatient Management of blood glucose levels

Biography

Dr Rahul Barmanray is an endocrinologist and general physician at The Royal Melbourne Hospital.

He is currently completing his PhD in the field of inpatient diabetes with his early PhD work awarded the President’s Young Investigator’s Award at the 2020 Australasian Diabetes Congress. He is particularly interested in the ability of technology to improve patient care, healthcare outcomes, and the patient experience.


Rahul is also a committed educator and develops and delivers education to endocrinology advanced trainees through the Australian Diabetes Society, to medical students of the University of Melbourne, and to Cub Scouts at 6th Melbourne Scout Group.

Following his PhD work he plans to pursue his passions for diabetes, education, and technology as a clinician-researcher in these fields

Abstract

With up to a third of hospital inpatients having diabetes at any one time, hyperglycaemia and hypoglycaemia during an inpatient stay are common. Evidence shows adverse glycaemia to be associated with an increased risk of a range of adverse consequences including mortality. It is thus imperative that inpatient glycaemia, lead by specialist inpatient diabetes services, is optimised.

This presentation discusses the contemporary management of blood glucose in the hospital setting including therapies, technology, and the role of the specialist inpatient diabetes team.

PROF RICHARD MACISAAC

Cancer Care and Diabetes

Biography

Richard MacIsaac is a clinician researcher who is currently professor and director of Endocrinology and Diabetes at St Vincent’s Hospital Melbourne and the University of Melbourne. He has published over 250 research articles. Currently specific research interests include inpatient glycaemic control, defining the albuminuria and glomerular filtration rate relationship in diabetes, investigating new biomarkers for renal and vascular disease in diabetes and studying renal function in indigenous Australians. He also has an interest in the application of new medicines and technologies to improve glycaemic control and outcomes in people with diabetes. He is currently a council member of the Australian Diabetes Society. His clinical practice includes a mixture of public and private outpatient and inpatient wor

Abstract

Approximately 20% of people with cancer have concurrent diabetes. People who have diabetes and the comorbidity of cancer are also at an exaggerated risk of experiencing adverse glycaemia compared to those without cancer. In addition, people with cancer are at increasing risk of developing new onset-diabetes and subsequent hyperglycaemia. People with cancer and diabetes have significantly more emergency department presentations, more inpatient admissions, longer length of hospital stay and higher rates of all-cause mortality compared to people with cancer who do not have diabetes. Although not yet proven, improving glycaemic control in people affected by cancer treatment may possibly improve quality of life and survival.

This presentation will highlight the adverse link between cancer and adverse glycaemia and provide an update on guidelines that have been developed to improve glycaemic management in people with cancer.