Editor’s Column

Kate Marsh

BSc, MNutrDiet, PhD, Grad Cert Diab Edn & Mgt

Advanced Accredited Practising Dietitian & Credentialled Diabetes Educator

Northside Nutrition & Dietetics (NSW)


Kate is a CDE and Advanced APD and is the current editor of the Australian Diabetes Educator (ADE) and Chair of the Editorial Advisory Group (EAG). She is a Fellow of the ADEA and the Australasian Society of Lifestyle Medicine (ASLM).

Kate currently divides her time between clinical practice and health and medical writing, and has a private practice in Sydney where she works mostly with individuals with diabetes and women with PCOS (who are at high risk of developing GDM and T2 diabetes).

Kate has been a member of the EAG since 2005 and chair since 2015. She is also a long-time editorial board member for Diabetes Management Journal (DMJ) and a board member of ASLM. Kate writes regularly for Diabetic Living magazine and the limbic Diabetes Educator/Endocrinology. She also works as a freelance writer for Diabetes Australia.

Kate has published articles in a number of other consumer publications and medical journals, written four consumer books and has contributed the dietary chapters to several textbooks on the topics of diabetes, vegetarian and plant-based diets, PCOS, insulin resistance, glycemic index and pregnancy.  She also speaks regularly on these topics to both health professionals and consumers and is a guest lecturer on PCOS at The University of Sydney.

Kate is a member of the Guideline Development Group for the PCOS International Evidence-Based Guidelines and the PCOS Centre for Research Excellence (CRE) Translation Committee.  She was also a member of the working parties developing the current evidence-based guidelines for the diagnosis and management of PCOS and type 1 diabetes in Australia

Kate is a recipient of the DAA Young Achievers Award, was a NSW finalist in the 2006 Telstra Business Women’s Awards, and was awarded the DAA Joan Woodhill Prize for Excellent in Research – Doctorate Award for her PhD study on low GI diets for women with PCOS. In 2015 she was awarded the inaugural ADEA Jan Baldwin National CDE of the Year.


Thank you to everyone who completed the recent ADE readership questions as part of the ADEA membership survey. We received responses from 447 members, providing valuable information and feedback to our ADE Editorial Advisory Group (EAG) on what you like (and don’t like) and what you would like to see more of. We will be taking this into account in our planning of future editions of the ADE, to ensure we are covering the topics that many of you have told us you would like to hear more about.

In making sure we are covering the broad range of topics you are interested in we’ve made the decision to move away from themed editions of the ADE in 2020. This will allow us to include a wider range of articles in each edition and provides the opportunity to cover more of the topics you have requested.

Our March edition includes articles on a number of areas of diabetes education and management that were popular in the survey.

  • Health coaching. Simon Matthews, Registered Psychologist, Certified Health Coach and CEO of Wellcoaches® Australia (who provide evidence-based health coach training for health and wellness professionals in Australia) explains what health coaching is, how it can benefit both the person with diabetes and the health professional and where you can find out more about gaining skills in health coaching.
  • Low carb diets and diabetes. This was a popular request and one of my areas of interest, so your editor has provided an article giving an overview of low carb diets, the research on their use in both type 1 (T1D) and type 2 diabetes (T2D), the benefits and potential risks of low carb eating plans and considerations for diabetes educators.
  • Diabetes psychology. This is a broad area and we plan to bring you a range of articles under this topic over the coming year. Our first article, by clinical psychologist, Sarah Lam, discusses the important role a psychologist can play within a diabetes service, and makes the case that a psychologist should be considered as an integral member of a multidisciplinary diabetes team.
  • Case studies. You also asked for more case studies and in this edition Cristal Newman, Dietitian CDE, presents the case of a woman with T2D, highlighting the importance of considering individual health goals during medication intensification.   If you have an interesting case study, please consider submitting this for publication or get in touch to discuss your idea further.  You can find details about the submission process
  •  Nutrition and weight management. Advanced APD, Fiona Willer, explains the Health at Every Size (HAES) approach – what it is, how it might benefit a person with diabetes and how to determine who might be suitable for this kind of approach.

We also have an article from JDFR discussing screening to prevent T1D, including details of Type1Screen – an islet autoantibody screening program currently underway in Australia and New Zealand, and an update from the NDSS on the recent changes to CGM funding for people with type 1 diabetes.





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I once again would like to thank our hard-working EAG, and our authors, for helping to bring this edition together. We hope you enjoy reading it and welcome your feedback.

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