ADEA Masterclass, Symposia & Workshops

Submission of symposia, masterclasses and workshops proposals has now closed.
The following Masterclasses, Symposia & Workshops have been confirmed:


No pre register required. 

1. Diabetes peer support in Australia: the experience, the evidence and a road map for future service provision.

Authors: Jessica L Browne, Jane Speight
Date: Wednesday 30th August
Time: 11:00-13:00

Peer support may be a beneficial adjunct to the formal healthcare available for people with diabetes. However, only one in ten Australians with diabetes participate in peer support, and the available information about the benefits and impact is often lacking in consistency, depth, and breadth. Thus, there is often confusion around what peer support is and whether or not it is worthwhile. In our symposium, we will take a 360 degree view of diabetes peer support, exploring the issue from the perspective of a consumer (speaker 1), a clinician-researcher (speaker 2). They will examine both the experience of, and the evidence behind, peer support and identify ways in which they are in synergy and/or in tension with one another. Speaker 3 will review the current state of diabetes peer support offerings in Australia, and discuss a roadmap for design and delivery of peer support initiatives in the future. Finally, Speaker 4 will discuss possibilities for national diabetes peer support strategy and implementation. The symposium will be of interest to healthcare professionals who are wondering if/how to recommend peer support to people with diabetes, as well as to consumer advocates and those involved in service design and delivery.

2. Intermittent energy restriction: friend or foe for diabetes, obesity, and cardio metabolic disease management?

Authors: Amanda Salis, Jane Overland, Sharayah Carter
Date: Wednesday 30th August
Time: 15:30 - 17:30

Recent years have seen a surge in popularity of intermittent energy restriction for the promotion of weight loss and metabolic health. These dietary interventions include popular strategies such as intermittent fasting (e.g. alternate-day fasting, the 5:2 diet or the 2-day diet), time-restricted feeding (e.g. religious fasts such as Ramadan), as well as regimes using longer periods of 'feast' and 'famine'. But what is the evidence that these dietary strategies are safe or effective, notably for people with diabetes? And is there any evidence that they produce better results than the conventional approach to weight management (i.e. continuous energy restriction)? This symposium will critically appraise the state-of-the-art and future directions of the science of intermittent energy restriction for weight loss and metabolic health. It will also provide practical insights into the use of intermittent energy restriction for people with diabetes.

3. Opportunities & challenges with real world clinical clinical data and the regulatory initiative

Authors: Sanjoy Paul, Maureen Turner
Date: Thursday 31st August
Time: 15:30 - 17:30

Recently FDA has taken initiative encouraging the use of real world data (RWD) for regulatory submissions. High quality RWD may be sufficient for use in premarket and postmarket regulatory decisions, without changing the standards used to make those decisions. This brings in new opportunities and challenges in terms of a new innovative and cost effective approach to design clinical trials and observational studies. 

I am proposing to organise a dedicated symposium on the usages and advantage of using large primary and ambulatory care based patient-level RWD to conduct clinical studies including late phase studies. The proposed symposium will include presentation on (1) international scenario in the use of real world primary / ambulatory care data to generate much needed population level evidences; (2) the context and new opportunities with the FDA initiative of using RWD; (3) the opportunities and challenges in designing late phase clinical trials and observational studies with RWD; and (4) the Australian scenario with RWD. We can have a dedicated talk from 2 presenters with opportunities for interactive discussions. 

For about a decade now, I have been leading pharmaco-epidemiological studies in diabetes with large patient level RWD from UK and USA, in corroboration with international academic and pharma collaborators.


Must pre register during registration process. Please email if you wish to be added to the waitlist for any workshop

1. What does person centred care really look like in practice (and what it doesn't) Filling Fast

Authors: Sophie McGough, Timothy Skinner, Ingrid Willaing, Nana Folmann-Hempler, Annemarie Varming, Dan Grabowski, Kylie Mahony, Sue Stockdale, Helen Mitchell
Date: Wednesday 30th August
Time: 15:30 - 17:30

Despite there being no universally accepted definition of person centred care, increasingly there are common themes or principles included in quality frameworks that address this area. These include respectful, responsive health care, informed choice, shared decision making, effective communication and consumers being valued as equal partners in health with their own beliefs and life experience being recognised.  

The Australian Diabetes Educator Association released a Person Centred Care Toolkit for diabetes educators in 2015. This included a CDE Quality Improvement Tool to provide guidance in delivery of person centred care in their practice. The experience of DESMOND Australia and the Danish STENO centre has been that educators need tools and resources to assist with delivery of person centred care as part of this quality improvement process.

The aim of this workshop is to empower educators to recognise what person centred care does and doesn’t looks like in practice and to engage with, trial or explore tools to support the development of person centred skill. The combined experience from DESMOND Australia and the STENO centre will address both group and individual education settings. The workshop will focus on self-reflection, peer review and educational tools that support educators to have person centred conversations.

2. Managing eating disorders and diabetes  ** BOOKED OUT**
Authors: Warren Ward, Carolyn Uhlmann, Helen d'Emden
Date: Thursday 31st August
Time: 11:00-13:00

Disordered eating and eating disorders occur along a spectrum of severity and occur more frequently in individuals with type 1 diabetes [Pinhas-Hamiel et al. 2015]. Insulin omission is a unique eating disorder behaviour only possible in individuals with type 1 diabetes (‘Diabulimia’). Such behaviour has been implicated as the primary cause of recurrent ketoacidosis in adolescents, and eating disorders should be high on the differential diagnosis of these patients [Glasgow et al. 1991].
Eating disorder behaviours in such patients are associated with serious health consequences and premature death [Bryden et al. 2001]. These behaviours are associated with recurrent ketoacidosis, and early onset of microvascular complications, particularly retinopathy, which has been observed within 4 years of disordered eating in such patients. [Rydall et al. 1997, Colas 1991, Nielsen 2002].
Eating disorder behaviours in patients with diabetes present significant challenges for the patient, their family, and clinicians. Multidisciplinary teams need to be upskilled in the detection, prevention and management of such presentations. This interactive workshop will provide attendees with the knowledge, skills and confidence to assess and manage patients with comorbid diabetes and eating disorders. Strategies for effective collaboration between diabetes teams, psychiatry and eating disorders specialist services will also be discussed.

*More information to come. Due to the interactive nature of the workshop, numbers will be limited so book your place now.


Must pre register during registration process. Please email if you wish to be added to the waitlist for any masterclass

1. Tips and tricks to enhance your consultations ** BOOKED OUT**

Authors: Ann Morris, Christel Hendieckx
Date: Thursday 31st August
Time: 15:30 - 17:30

Increasingly, diabetes guidelines recommend ‘psychological’ care to be incorporated into diabetes pathways. It has become clear that an approach focused on diabetes treatment and complication screening is not achieving the expected outcomes. However, practical guidance on how to change clinical practice, is limited. The NDSS ‘Diabetes and emotional health’ handbook published in 2016, will be used as a reference for this masterclass.

For who?
Health professionals working in diabetes (e.g. GPs, endocrinologists, diabetes educators, dieticians)
who are aware that diabetes management and outcomes are intertwined with a person’s emotions, lifestyle and behaviours,
who believe these psycho-social components should be part of the conversations they have with people with diabetes
but who struggle to let go of their habits to work through a ‘tick box list’.

What will be the outcome?
Enhanced skills and confidence to make small but significant changes to your clinical practice.

Practical approach making use of case studies of adults with diabetes to demonstrate how to ask and talk about psycho-social issues.

Input of participants?
Health professionals enrolled in this masterclass will be invited to read material, reflect on their practice/skills beforehand and bring case studies they would like to discuss with their colleagues.

2. Understanding flash glucose monitoring in the real word ** BOOKED OUT**

Authors: Michelle Robins, Marg McGill, Bruce Passingham, Neale Cohen, Joey Kaye
Date: Wednesday 30th August
Time: 15:30 - 17:30

New technology brings many benefits to assist people with their self-management of diabetes. The FreeStyle Libre is designed to replace routine blood glucose testing in people treated with insulin which includes on demand glucose readings, trend arrows and the capacity to hold the last 8 hours of data. However, exposure to large amounts of data can generate additional challenges for the individual and health care professional. The ability to understand the science behind the technology, interpret data and identify glycaemic trends is crucial when using this new technology with the outcome of achievement of HbA1c targets and reduction of incidence of hypoglycaemia. Through practical strategies and case studies, incorporating   Ambulatory Glucose Profiling (AGP), developed by Dr Roger Mazze, CDE’s and Endocrinologists will increase their understanding and confidence in  supporting  and educating of clients to maximise this new technology and use the data to their advantage. The masterclass will also cover troubleshooting, device setup and insertion and optimal wear time. Practical application and thorough understanding of this technology will be the major focus of this forum.

3. Private practice marketing: How to conceptualise your ideas into a business model ** BOOKED OUT**

Date: Thursday 31st August
Time: 11:00 – 13:00

Presenter: Julie Adams chemo@home

With 25 years’ experience as a certified oncology pharmacist, Julie Adams, founded, and continues to manage, home chemotherapy business, chemo@home. 

Through their business, Julie and her business partner offer patients the convenience and flexibility of having their cancer treatment in the comfort of their own homes. They also provide home infusions for other conditions such as multiple sclerosis, Crohn's disease and rheumatoid arthritis.

With no business model to follow for this type of health care delivery from either a clinical or business perspective, Julie has needed to innovate, negotiate, collaborate and problem solve to make it a reality. From a clinical perspective, she has utilised her expertise in home-based care and complex therapies to provide leadership, accountability and confidence to the nursing team and health care partners.  

She recently commenced a PhD, with her research aimed to assist those cancer patients in the community who require oral chemotherapy. 

‘I love chemo@home because it allows me to provide my patients with high-quality care and respond rapidly to changes in their care requirements. It’s a privilege to get to help people during their time of need.’

4. ADEA Research Masterclass: Statistics in plain English ** BOOKED OUT**

Date: Thursday 31st August
Time: 15:30 - 17:30

Presenter: Helen Barraclough

This interactive masterclass translates commonly reported statistics into plain English.  For example: 

  • What does a hazard ratio tell us?
  • How can superiority be claimed?
  • How is a non-inferiority margin determined? 
  • How do I know which method should be used?
  • What’s the difference between efficacy and effectiveness?

Examples of what good looks like, plus common mistakes are also covered.  The aim is that you will become more confident in critically reviewing clinical papers, and gain some real-life insight into the challenges of designing and analyzing studies.

5. Hot Topics for Early Career CDE ** BOOKED OUT**

Date: Friday 1st September
Time: 9:00 - 11:00

Presenters: Rachel Freeman, Maxine Schlaeppi, Theresa Di Franco

Working effectively with people with diabetes to support a medicine wise approach to the use medications

The increasing incidence of type 2 diabetes occurring at different stages and ages means that health professionals need to have current knowledge and awareness of all the therapeutic options available to support the PWD. 

This session will discuss and describe medication management options including the use of clinical guidelines.  These guidelines are important, however the HCP still requires an in depth and up to date knowledge of each of the medications classes efficacy, tolerability, and safety. 

The advantages and disadvantages will be discussed including a focus on newer medications and formulation.  The session will include active learning activities with case studies and open discussion. 

The session will also discuss the legislation related to prescribe  and HCP. Discussion will focus on the importance of the HCP awareness of individual scopes of practice in relation to medication use in the management of diabetes

 *Program details to be confirmed