Editors Column

By
Kate Marsh

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

Advanced Accredited Practising Dietitian & Credentialled Diabetes Educator

Northside Nutrition & Dietetics (NSW)

editor@adea.com.au

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.

Introduction

In our first edition of the ADE for 2021 we have articles covering a wide variety of topics relevant to our work as diabetes educators.

Marian Brennan and colleagues from Curtin University discuss their research looking at the role of behaviour changes theories to address fear of hypoglycaemia as a barrier to physical activity in type 1 diabetes.  Marian is one of the 2019 recipients of an ADEA Diabetes Research Foundation research fellowships.

Michelle Robins, CDE and Nurse Practitioner at Northern Health in Victoria has written a timely article on diabetes management during Ramadan, with practical tips for CDEs working with clients who choose to fast during Ramadan.

Michelle has also provided an important article on DKA in type 2 diabetes.  While there is increased awareness of the risks with use of SGLT2i, Michelle also  discusses other factors that can increase the risk of a person with type 2 diabetes developing DKA.

Particularly relevant to those who are continuing to provide telehealth services, but also to anyone working with clients using pumps and CGM, Amy Rush, Accredited Practicing Dietitian and Credentialled Diabetes Educator at the Type 1 Diabetes Family Centre in WA, gives us an overview of the various data sharing platforms which enable people with diabetes to share their pump and glucose monitoring data with health professionals, including her personal insight into which features of these platforms she finds most helpful.

Bodil Rasmussen and colleagues present their research on developing a website for breastfeeding women with diabetes, which has resulted in a website designed with the input of both women with diabetes and health professionals. 

Do your clients ask you about blood donation?  ADEA Professional Services and Education Manager Rachel Freeman answers the question: can people with diabetes donate blood?  In most cases, the answer is yes, but there are some important considerations and contraindications that diabetes educators should be aware of. 

If you haven’t already seen and started using the new sick day management resources, Rachel also provides an overview of the health professional guidelines and consumer resources which underwent a major review and update last year.  They are all now available for download from the ADEA website. 

As we plan future editions of the ADE, we would like to encourage more of our members to consider submitting an article for publication. Remember, it doesn’t need to be original research.  Do you have an interesting case study?  A quality improvement project you’ve conducted in your workplace?  Have you conducted a literature review on a particular clinical area for your own continuing professional development that you would be willing to share with others?  Do you have a practice tool you’ve developed or used that others could use?   All of these may be suitable for publication. If you have an idea you would like to discuss further, please feel free to get in touch – you can email me at editor@adea.com.au

Conclusion

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   

Acknowledgements

Once again I’d 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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