Type One Summit What's on offer?

Type One Summit

Our curated program was designed to help you live (and thrive) with T1D, giving you unrivalled access to leading experts in T1D research and management from Australia and around the world.

Plus, you’ll have the opportunity to learn more about the latest tech. Feel free to explore the content on offer below.

100 Years of Insulin - Where to from here?

Welcome from JDRF Australia

Mike Wilson OAM and Dorota Pawlak kick off Type One Summit. As 2021 marks 100 years since the discovery of insulin, this is a special acknowledgement of the milestone, reflecting on the research breakthroughs of the last 100 years and drawing a line in the sand as we look to the future of T1D research in Australia.

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Keynote address from Sébastien Sasseville

One step at a time

Sébastien Sasseville has climbed to the top of Everest and run across Canada with type 1 diabetes. Today, he inspires patients and families living with diabetes to dream big, but to approach challenges one step at a time with consistency, discipline and purpose. This uplifting session will help you to make diabetes an ally and it will give you the energy and motivation to power through your goals!

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Rattled but ready: How to recover, reassess and repair as you’re travelling on the T1D rollercoaster

For parents and carers

Times of transition and change are the only guarantees when you’re thrown into a life with T1D, and we all know the constant learning curve can be overwhelming and anxiety-inducing at times. Whether you’re newly diagnosed, just starting school, experiencing family breakdown, battling sibling rivalry or living through COVID-19 – this session is for you. Melanie Cullen and Simone Collins explore strategies to manage these times of transition successfully on this journey we’ve all embarked on and how to adjust when your world shifts.

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How to keep your health professionals on their toes and focused on you!

For adults living with T1D

People who have diabetes see their version of diabetes up close. How do you get your diabetes health professionals to do the same thing? Especially frustrating is the health professional not listening to you. How do you get them to respond to you in the way you want them to?

Kirrily Chambers, an Advanced Practicing Pharmacist and Credentialled Diabetes Educator, and Jayne Lehmann, Registered Nurse Credentialled Diabetes Educator, will share their combined 74 years of diabetes focussed experience to chat in their down to earth style about your healthcare rights, examples of situations where a health professional has tuned out and some suggestions on how to get them back onto YOUR track. Discussion/Question time included.

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Diabetes technology 101: When turning off and turning on your pancreas fails to reset it (doesn't work), what are your options?

Living with type 1 diabetes is demanding. It’s been described as a full time job nobody wants, cannot resign from with no pay or leave. It’s a life-long relationship with blood-sugar levels, finger pricks, carb counting, insulin injections and, on occasion, disapproving and judgemental health care providers and concerned others.

The tools we have to manage diabetes sometimes feel ineffectual, blunt instruments and even downright dangerous.

But, it’s getting better. One of our greatest allies in the daily battle against T1D is the advancement of new technologies. Gary Kilov introduces you to potential options to address the challenges of living with T1D utilising contemporary insulin delivery, glucose sensing and the convergence of these technologies.

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Clear as mud: An illuminating look at the transition to young adulthood with T1D.

For parents and carers

Ever wanted to pick your teen’s brain? Make sense of the unpredictable, impulsive moves? In this session, you can pick the brains of Melanie Cullen and Simone Collins instead and fill your tool kit with strategies to navigate adolescence and T1D. Here, you can ask them anything about the weird and wonderful time that is raising a teen who is living with T1D.

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Together, apart: Connecting through our shared stories with Beta Change

For adults living with T1D

Stories about living with diabetes remind us that there’s always a person behind the condition: a traveller scrambling to change a pump battery during a 14-hour flight, or a mum dealing with hypos while breastfeeding, or an adventurer taking diabetes into the wilderness.

Join the Beta Change team, made up of five advocates from Australia, Singapore, and the United States, in a panel discussion full of unique stories (including working on the front lines and recovering from COVID-19) that will leave you feeling empowered to ask questions, share your own story, and connect with the global diabetes community. Be prepared to laugh, cry, smile and grimace at both familiar and left-of-field tales from all over the world – and perhaps even share your own experiences!

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Technology: Patient Perspective Q&A

Technology: Patient perspective Q&A

Suzanne Culph, Head of Government Relations and Advocacy at JDRF Australia, hosts a facilitated discussion with patients on their personal choice of T1D technology – deep diving into the details and pros and cons of each.

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Getting acT1ve: A novel digital solution to empower young people with type 1 diabetes during exercise.

For parents and carers

A diagnosis of type 1 diabetes as a child comes at a time when life is already changing so rapidly and adds extra layers of complexity – especially to aspects of life which may have been previously taken for granted. Exercise is just one of these challenges. It can be anxiety-inducing for parents to tackle exercise as they, and their child, adjust to life with T1D. In this session, Dr. Vinutha B Shetty speaks about the immediate and long term effects of exercise in T1D, the challenges that come with exercising for children with T1D and the limitations of the recommended guidelines for exercise. She’ll also give us an exclusive sneak peek into the development of an exercise app for children and young adults living with T1D.

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Movement is medicine.

For adults living with T1D

In this session, Drew Harrisberg will be sharing a personal story and pivotal moment about exercise with diabetes. Then, he’ll cover off the different modes of exercise and how they all have unique impacts on your BGLs based on heart rate and intensity. He’ll get to the bottom of some scientific mechanisms for why exercise is so effective for managing all types of diabetes and discuss the difference between physical activity and exercise. This session will be an interactive open discussion.

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The topography of T1D and nutrition: Why the dietary “Goldilocks zone” is so important for optimal diabetes control.

For parents and carers

Striking a balance between a healthy relationship with food and achieving diabetes goals is a tricky tightrope, and it’s hard to get “just right” as Goldilocks would say. In this session, Dr. Carmel Smart, Tenele Smith and Professor Bruce King, outline the latest research findings when it comes to T1D and nutrition, explaining practical ways you can implement these findings in your family. Together, they’ll use their expertise to cover off: tips on achieving targets whilst having a wide range of healthy foods, practical strategies to manage “difficult” foods and much more!

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Straight to the Point: Tips and Tricks to living your life to the full.

For adults living with T1D

JDRF’s Straight to the Point is the ‘go to’ resource for adults living with type 1 diabetes. In this session, Jane Overland, one of the co-authors of this landmark book, as well as a few people with T1D who are living their lives to the full, will share the tips and tricks they have learnt along the way.

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