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.


In this issue of the ADE we have articles covering a variety of topics relevant to our work as diabetes educators.

Danielle Cooper, Education Project Officer at ADEA presents the findings of the ADEA CDE Education Review Survey, which forms part of a larger project re-examining the education a Credentialled Diabetes Educator (CDE) requires.  The survey collected feedback from diabetes educators (both credentialled and not credentialled), employers and supervisors of diabetes educators, and current students, recent graduates, course coordinators, lecturers, and educators of the GradCertDE courses.  The findings are relevant to all ADEA members and will be used to re-shape the CDE education and credentialling pathway to ensure CDEs are equipped to best support people with diabetes and are positioned as diabetes education specialists into the future.

Thuy Enright, Advanced Practicing Podiatrist, discusses diabetes and feet, highlighting the important role diabetes educators can play in providing education, performing basic foot assessments and coordinate referrals.  The article includes links to a variety of resources that can be used in practice.

Anne Marks, RN, NP and PhD Candidate, presents the findings of her PhD research study exploring the experiences of parents, school teachers and diabetes educators who support intensive insulin therapy use in the early primary school setting.  Her study highlights the lack of appropriate health support structures required for children with type 1 diabetes within the Australian school system.

Nicole Walker, Accredited Practicing Dietitian at Macintyre Health, presents a case study of an endurance cyclist with type 1 diabetes, discussing the challenges of exercise for athletes with type 1 diabetes along with practical tips for managing both nutrition and blood glucose management during training and endurance events.

The NDSS have updated their resources for managing diabetes during a natural disaster or emergency.  If you work with individuals at risk of being affected by natural disasters, such as bushfires, cyclones and floods, these are valuable resources you can use to help your clients plan for emergencies, including suggestions for preparing a diabetes emergency kit.

The NDSS have also updated and expanded their range of resources for  health professionals and people living with diabetes and an intellectual disability. This article explains the range of resources available and how they can be used to support people living with diabetes and an intellectual disability.

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 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 get in touch. You can email me at editor@adea.com.au

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 and 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. We hope you enjoy reading it and welcome your feedback.

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