Annual Scientific Meeting and Annual General Meeting

is the premier meeting, rotating around the country, with invited international and national experts giving plenary sessions and focussed topic reviews. There are also scientific presentations by clinicians and basic scientists in oral and poster fora. Venue for the 2017 meeting is Dunedin, 2-5 May.

The Diabetes Nurse Specialist and Dietitians’ Special Interest Group Study Days, including a Podiatry Special Interest Group, Registrar Training Day and Primary Care Day will also be held here.

The 2018 meeting will be held in Hamilton, 1-4 May 2018


This year's meeting was held in Dunedin 2-5 May 2017

 Speakers were:

      Dr Amanda Adler               

Dr Adler, who trained in economics, medicine and pharmacoepidemiology, is a Consultant Physician in the National Health Service (NHS) at Addenbrooke's Hospital, Cambridge, and Chair of Technology Appraisal Committee B at the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE).

Also with NICE, she chaired the Clinical Guidelines for Newer Agents for Type 2 Diabetes and the Quality Standard for Diabetes. With NICE International, she participated in projects setting priorities under universal health coverage.

 Dr Adler’s clinical work includes outpatient diabetes clinics (including cystic fibrosis related diabetes), in-patient general medicine, and clinics with GPs in the community.

Dr Adler previously worked on diabetes projects with native communities in Alaska. She was the Clinical Epidemiologist for the UK Prospective Diabetes Study (UKPDS) for the Diabetes Trials Unit in Oxford. Dr. Adler chaired the Expert Group on the Safety of Insulin for Britain’s Medicines and Health products Regulatory Agency.

She serves on the UK Commission on Human Medicines Expert Advisory Group on Cardiovascular, Diabetes, Renal, Respiratory and Allergy.


     Dr Carmel Smart

Carmel Smart, RD, PhD has worked as a Specialist Endocrinology Dietician at the John Hunter Children’s Hospital for over 20 years. In addition, Dr Smart is a Conjoint Senior Lecturer with the University of Newcastle. She completed her PhD in 2012. Her research focuses on the effect of macronutrients on glycaemia. She is recognised as a world expert on diet and Type 1 Diabetes and has been invited as lead author on national and international clinical practice guidelines in dietary management. Most recently, she was invited as a lead author on the American Diabetes Association Clinical Nutrition Guidelines and as a co-author on the International Society of Pediatric and Adolescent Diabetes (ISPAD) Preschool Guidelines. Her research has translated into changes and improvements in clinical care at a global level.

She has won several awards including APEG Young Investigator (the first time this has been awarded to a non-medical graduate), Dietitians Association of Australia Contribution to Diabetes award and the HCRF Research Excellence award. Dr Smart was invited convenor of the ISPAD Health Professional Science School and the non-medical representative on the ISPAD advisory committee. In 2015, she was invited as a member of the JDRF International Expert Advisory Group for exercise management in Type 1 diabetes.


     Dr Roger Chen

Roger Chen is Director of Diabetes Services and Senior Staff Specialist in the Department of Endocrinology and Metabolism in Concord Hospital with clinical interests in general endocrinology, osteoporosis and diabetes.  He is Clinical Associate Professor in Medicine at the University of Sydney and Adjunct Professor at the University of Technology, Sydney. He is head of a large medically led multidisciplinary diabetes team incorporating exercise and diet intervention in addition to nurse, medical and psychological assessment.


As part of the Collaborative Centre for Cardiometabolic Health in Psychosis, he is also part of a unique cross-disciplinary and multidisciplinary cardiometabolic-psychiatry clinical and research centre based at the Charles Perkins Centre, University of Sydney and at Concord Hospital.  He is also endocrinologist in Clinical Trials at the Boden Institute of Obesity, Nutrition, Exercise & Eating Disorders, University of Sydney.


  Prof. Fergus Cameron

Fergus Cameron is the Head of the Diabetes Research Group at the Murdoch Childrens Research Institute and a consultant at The Royal Children’s Hospital Melbourne. He has published widely in the medical and lay literature about matters regarding endocrine and diabetes management. His particular interests are the impacts of type 1 diabetes upon central nervous system development and psychosocial aspects of care. He is a past council member of the International Society for Paediatric and Adolescent Diabetes and is a participant in the Hvidoere Study Group on Childhood Diabetes. He is the immediate past president of the Australasian Paediatric Endocrine Group.


    Dr Bryan Betty         

Dr Bryan Betty is Deputy Medical Director at PHARMAC. He also works as a General Practitioner at the Porirua Union and Community Health Service, in East Porirua. He is Chairman of the Capital Coast ICC (Alliancing) Leadership Group and is Chairman of Wellhealth PHO in Wellington. Previously, he spent nine years as principal at Pirie Medical Centre in Rural South Australia where he was chairman of the Mid North Rural Division of General Practice. He has an interest in Diabetes and Cardiovascular Disease having sat on the National Cardiovascular Guidelines Group and sits on the National Diabetes Leadership Group.

    Dr Helen Paterson    

Helen Paterson is a Consultant Obstetrician and Gynaecologist at Dunedin hospital and a Senior Lecturer in the Obstetrics and Gynaecology section of the Department of Women's and Children's Health, University of Otago. Helen completed her PhD on "Intuitive eating in pregnancy and gestational weight gain" in 2016.  She contributed to the development of New Zealand’s national guidelines on healthy weight gain in pregnancy.

   Dr Brandon Orr-Walker

Brandon Orr-Walker is a New Zealand Endocrinologist working first at Auckland City Hospital, then since 2001, at Middlemore Hospital to establish an Endocrinology Department. Initially employed in general endocrinology, he was invited to lead an already well-established and innovative clinical diabetes team in 2004, and from 2005 provided clinical leadership for the Counties Manukau DHB “Let’s Beat Diabetes Program”, and subsequently was the Minister of Health’s Clinical advisor on Diabetes (2010-2012). Brandon has served on numerous local, regional, and national advisories including the NZ Guidelines Group, and provided clinical advice leading to the development of the Diabetes Care Improvement Packages (DCIP) when the long-established annual “Get Checked” program was scrapped. He remains committed to the promotion and provision of excellent diabetes care regardless of clinical venue, and for differing needs, of patients.



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