From the Editor

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

Amy Cowan, RN CDE, presents the findings of her research on the ADEA mentoring program, exploring the perceptions of both mentor and mentee participants in the program. Her study findings provide useful insights for all health professionals taking part in a professional mentoring partnership.

Dr Elizabeth Holmes-Truscott and colleagues discuss their research on using co-design principles in the development of an evidence-informed resource on starting insulin for people with type 2 diabetes (T2D). Designed in consultation with both people living with T2D and health professionals, the resource aims to normalise and address psychological barriers to starting insulin and support informed and timely decision making about insulin therapy among Australians with T2D.

Giovanna Taverna, Peer Support Coordinator at Diabetes Victoria discusses their experience adapting peer support convenor training to an online forum during COVID-19, highlighting how they were able to maintain positive relationships with peer support staff and convenors and support them during a time when face-to-face connection wasn’t possible.

Mellissa Hay, Research & Evaluation Manager at Diabetes NSW & ACT discusses the benefits of exercise for people with diabetes and provides an overview of the NDSS programs available to support people living with diabetes to lead an active healthy life. Melissa also outlines how you can refer clients who would benefit from the programs.

Sarah West, RN CDE at Mater Health, presents the findings of their research exploring the impact and experience of living with type 1 diabetes (T1D) while preparing for pregnancy, during pregnancy and postnatally. The study also highlights the important role health professionals have in supporting women with T1D from pre-conception through pregnancy and into the postnatal period, and will be valuable reading for any CDEs working with this population.

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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