Editors 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.


As we put this edition of the ADE together, it remains a challenging time for diabetes educators and the people with diabetes we care for.  I hope everyone is staying safe and well and that the situation will have improved by the time that I am writing my next column.

With major changes to the way we work, I hope the articles on telehealth published in our last edition of the ADE were helpful to members.  Following on from this, we have another article from Amy Rush,  Dietitian CDE from the Type 1 Diabetes Family Centre discussing her experience providing insulin pump therapy and continuous glucose monitoring  education and training via telehealth.  And JDRF discuss whether telehealth will change the future of type 1 diabetes care.

This edition also has a focus on women’s health and nutrition.

Based on her PhD research, Robyn Barnes, Dietitian CDE at The Diabetes Centre, Bankstown-Lidcombe Hospital, explores the question: How much carbohydrate does a woman with Gestational Diabetes Mellitus need?  With the current focus on low-carb diets among people with diabetes and among the general population, it’s an important question to answer.

Still on the topic of women’s health, your editor has provided an article on Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) and diabetes, explaining why it’s important for CDEs to be aware of this common endocrine condition in women, which significantly increases the risk of type 2 diabetes and gestational diabetes.

Patricia Marshall, dietitian CDE at Curtin University discusses the role of dietary protein in the development of diabetes-related kidney disease. With a rise in interest in the Paleo and Carnivore diets, the question of whether a high protein diet is safe is a crucial one.

Finally, I have provided an article on plant-based diets and type 2 diabetes, discussing the role of plant-based diets in both reversing and managing diabetes along with the mechanisms that might explain the benefits of this way of eating.

A reminder that you can read the ADE via https://ade.adea.com.au on any digital device and can also print, share and comment on articles as well as being able to browse or search for past articles. If you prefer to read offline, you can print any articles, either in hard copy or as a PDF which you can save and read later. You can find instructions on how to do this here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Df9-L_7QvqE

Once again I’d like to thank our hard-working EAG, and our authors, for helping to bring this edition together, particularly at this difficult time. We hope you enjoy reading it and welcome your feedback.


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