Type One Summit Parents and Carers Program

Type One Summit
Sam, Dusty and baby Kalara born as part of the ENDIA study. Credit: OMGImagery.

Our curated program is 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 connect with others in the community from across Australia and learn more about the latest tech. Feel free to explore the program below. This program is preliminary and subject to change. Please note all times are AEDT.

9:30am AEDT - Plenary session

Welcome from JDRF Australia

Join Mike Wilson OAM and Dorota Pawlak to kick off Type One Summit. As 2021 marks 100 years since the discovery of insulin, this will be 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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10:15am AEDT - Keynote address from Sébastien Sasseville

One step at a time

Sébastien Sasseville has climbed to the top of Everest and ran across Canada with type one 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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11:00am AEDT - Morning Tea & Speed Dating with our Partners

It’s time to take a break! Grab a cup of tea and visit one of our partners to learn about the latest T1D technology. We will take you through how to do so on the day.

11:15am AEDT - Rattled but ready: How to recover, reassess and repair as you’re travelling on the T1D rollercoaster

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

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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11:45am AEDT - Diabetes technology 101: When turning off and turning on your pancreas fails to reset it (doesn't work), what are your options?

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 the technologies.

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12:15pm AEDT - Clear as mud: An illuminating look at the transition to young adulthood with T1D

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

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 Cullin 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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1:00pm AEDT - Lunch & Speed Dating with our Partners

Enjoy half an hour for lunch, or take this time to connect with one of our partners who will be available throughout the day in exciting virtual stalls to provide information and live chat about the latest technology.

1:30pm AEDT - 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 technology – deep diving into the details and pros and cons of each.

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2:00pm AEDT - Getting acT1ve: A novel digital solution to empower young people with type 1 diabetes during exercise

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

A diagnosis of type 1 diabetes as a child it 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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2:30pm AEDT - Speed Dating with our Partners

Your last chance to connect with the partners who brought Type One Summit to life and access their gold mine of knowledge and expertise on T1D technology.

2:50pm AEDT - The topography of T1D and nutrition: Why the dietary “Goldilocks zone” is so important for optimal diabetes control

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

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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3:30pm AEDT - Type One Summit conclude

The final wrap up!

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