Type One Summit Speakers
Check out our expert line up of researchers, healthcare professionals and inspirational community members locked in for Type One Summit.
Ashley Ng, Executive Director
Beta Change Panel Member. Ashley is a diabetes advocate, researcher and lecturer based in Melbourne, Australia. She fell into advocacy through sharing her experiences and story of her unusual diabetes diagnosis through her blog, Bittersweet Diagnosis. Ashley has since been a strong advocate against diabetes stigma. Her belief in the power of sharing stories has been channelled through Beta Change, fulfilling her vision of building a supportive network for both diabetes advocates and the wider diabetes community.
Be empowered. Be inspired. Be the change. Beta Change is a grassroots organization dedicated to empowering and supporting positive change within the diabetes community. We work to create a global network that fosters active collaboration and a world where living with diabetes is not a barrier to living a full life.
Professor Bruce King
Professor Bruce King is the director of paediatric diabetes and endocrinology at John Hunter Children’s Hospital (JHCH) in Newcastle. The JHCH paediatric diabetes service was recognised in the 2019 NSW Health Awards for outstanding patient outcomes. Bruce also provides diabetes services in regional NSW and is a “Life for a Child” representative in the resource limited Solomon Islands and India. Bruce leads a diabetes research group with 12 researchers including diabetes educators, dieticians, biomedical scientists and engineers. Bruce is a board member of Diabetes Australia NSW/ACT.
Dr. Carmel Smart
Dr Carmel Smart is an international authority on nutrition and type 1 diabetes who works as a Senior Specialist Diabetes Dietitian at the John Hunter Children’s Hospital, Newcastle, NSW, Australia. She is an active clinician researcher and has published widely on the impact of food and strategies to optimise blood glucose levels after eating. Recently Carmel was a recipient of the Michelle Beets award for outstanding achievement in advancement of children’s health in type 1 diabetes.
Dr. Dorota Pawlak
Dr Dorota Pawlak is Chief Scientific Officer for JDRF in Australia where she focuses on developing strategic approaches towards finding cures, treatments and preventing type 1 diabetes. She is a member of JDRF’s Executive Team, previously managed the federally-funded Islet Transplantation Program; and for the last ten years developed and managed the Type 1 Diabetes Clinical Research Network. She is also responsible for international partnerships with world-leading government, non-government, foundation and commercial organisations. Dorota joined JDRF in 2011, and brings leadership, managerial expertise and diabetes knowledge to JDRF’s mission. She has over ten years’ experience in organisational leadership and strategy development and is passionate about facilitating collaborative solutions and supporting training for early career researchers.
Drew Harrisberg is an exercise physiologist, sports scientist, diabetes educator and a happy and healthy guy thriving with type 1 diabetes. Using his website, Instagram and Facebook pages titled “Drew’s Daily Dose”, Drew inspires, empowers and enables people living with T1D to thrive, rather than simply survive. He uses a powerful combination of science-based evidence and personal experience to equip his audience with the tools required to take control of their health.
Fiona Scott, Executive Member
Beta Change Panel Member. Fi is a mum and Diabetes Educator in Geelong, Victoria, who believes everyone has a story to share and that these stories inspire others and make an impact – no matter how big or small. She loves to travel and is excited to share her story that includes finding creative ways to keep her insulin cool while backpacking in Asia!
A/Prof Gary Kilov
Gary Kilov is a clinician running a diabetes clinic and an academic who has been living with type 1 diabetes for almost 40 years and lifelong ceoliac disease. Gary Kilov is passionate about clinical and community support for children and adults with chronic disease and has a deep and abiding understanding of the challenges his patients face every day. He doesn’t simply ‘talk the talk’, he ‘walks the walk’. Leading by example can be empowering for individuals struggling with the very same daily challenges that he, and many others face.
Jane Overland is recognised as one of Australia’s leading nurses in the field of diabetes and she lectures nationally and internationally in this area. She has a wealth of experience in diabetes clinical management, psychological support and education and she became Australia’s first Diabetes Nurse Practitioner in 2003. Until 2020, she was a Clinical Associate Professor with The Faculty of Medicine and Health at The University of Sydney and a senior staff member at the Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, Sydney , She is now the co-Director of Total Diabetes Care, a boutique service that helps people with diabetes live their lives to the full.
Jayne Lehmann is a Registered Nurse Credentialled Diabetes Educator working from South Australia to deliver diabetes focussed services to people with diabetes, especially those with intellectual disability. Known across Australia as a clinician, teacher, researcher, author, presenter, consultant and innovator, Jayne maintains her focus on improving the care, education and self-management of people with diabetes. Jayne and Kirrily also chat to health professionals and people with diabetes via their regular P2 Diabetes Chat podcast, sharing their combined 74 years of diabetes focussed experience in a down to earth, friendly and often funny chat.
Katie Doyle, Co-Executive Director
Beta Change Panel Member. Katie is a media artist based in New York City. She produces documentaries and is currently an MFA candidate in the Integrated Media Arts program at Hunter College. Along with Fiona Scott, Katie led the Spotlight on Storytelling teen session at the 2020 JDRF Type One Summit in Brisbane – and what a year it’s been since then!
Having been diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at the age of ten, Kirrily always knew she wanted a career in health. In 1993, she graduated from the University of Technology with a Bachelor of Pharmacy. Kirrily became the first credentialled diabetes educator pharmacist in Australia in 2009 and won the Jan Baldwin National Credentialled Diabetes Educator of the Year in 2016 for her passion and awareness around the use of language and diabetes. Kirrily was also awarded the UTS Innovative Pharmacist of the Year Award in 2018. With her colleague Jayne Lehmann, Kirrily has started a Podcast known as P2 Diabetes Chat to raise awareness for health care professionals about all things diabetes.
Melanie Cullen is a registered psychologist who has worked in the diabetes field, both in the public and private sector, for the last 10 years. She currently works as Insulin Pump Program Lead and Health Policy Coordinator at JDRF Australia and is passionate about working with families who have a child who has been diagnosed with type 1 diabetes. As a mother to a child living with type 1 diabetes, she also understands and recognises the demands and psychological burden that a diagnosis can place on all members of the family. She is dedicated to trying to support those living with type 1 diabetes and their families to help them navigate through these sometimes difficult times.
Mike Wilson OAM
Mike Wilson OAM is the CEO and Managing Director of JDRF Australia. Mike joined JDRF in 2004. Under Mike’s leadership, JDRF has been awarded the PricewaterhouseCoopers Transparency Award (2007), the Australian Charity Award for Outstanding Achievement (2013 & 2017) and Australian Charity of the Year (2014) in the Australian Business Awards, and was finalist in the NSW Telstra Business of the Year Awards in 2019. Mike was a Director of the Glycemic Index Foundation Ltd from 2005 to 2016, and a member of the Federal Government’s ministerially appointed National Diabetes Strategy Advisory Group. Prior to joining JDRF Mike worked for The Smith Family and before that Andersen Consulting. Mike holds a Bachelor of Economics with Honours and a Bachelor of Science from the Australian National University, where he studied under a National Undergraduate Scholarship. He was awarded a Medal in the Order of Australia in the 2020 Australia Day Honours for services to diabetes research.
Pei Yan Heng, Executive Member
Beta Change Panel Member. Pei Yan is a secondary school Mathematics teacher in Singapore. She spends her free time volunteering in the nature community, SCUBA diving, playing the violin, and training aikido. She has been living with diabetes for 25 years, and her journey with diabetes and experiences of working with people with diabetes across the globe have made her a better diabetes advocate. She aims to foster a stronger diabetes community and increase awareness about diabetes in Singapore.
Sébastien Sasseville was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes in 2002. Sébastien vowed that the obstacle would never keep him from living life to the fullest, and today his story is a testament to how challenges can be turned into opportunities. In 2008, Sébastien Sasseville reached the summit of Mount Everest. He then completed six Ironman and the mythical Sahara race. In 2014, he faced the biggest challenge of his life: run across Canada from St. John’s, Newfoundland, to Vancouver: 7,200 km, or 170 marathons in nine months.
Paediatric Endocrinology and Diabetes Service – Canberra Health Services. Simone is a Diabetes Social Worker, specialising in paediatric and adolescent care. Simone’s experience encompasses the fields of family therapy, child protection, group work and individual therapy. Simone’s current role has afforded her the opportunity to work alongside countless families, at various stages of their diabetes journey. It has long been Simone’s goal to explore and maximise individual and collective strengths used to build capacity and confidence in families faced with the management of a chronic condition. Simone provides clinical services to the Paediatric Endocrinology and Diabetes Service within Canberra Health Services.
Stephanie Cesile, Executive Member
Beta Change Panel Member. Steph is a geologist exploring for metals in the Western Australian outback. Diagnosed with Type 1 at age 10, she has been an avid kids camps participant and continues to advocate across Tasmania, Victoria, and Western Australia. Being part of the IDF Young Leaders in Diabetes (YLD) Programme enabled her to gain a global perspective of the impact of sharing personal successes, struggles, and ways of living a full life with diabetes.
Suzanne Culph is JDRF’s Head of Government Relations and Advocacy. She’s worked at JDRF since 2012 and been involved in every government campaign at JDRF since that time. This include 2 Kids in the House, the expansion of the T1D Clinical Research Network, as well as the Insulin Pump Program, and the establishment, evaluation and expansion of the CGM access program. In life before JDRF she worked in roles in federal and state governments, spent some time working for the Media, Entertainment and Arts Alliance and the ACTU, and a stint at change.org.
Tenele Smith is a clinical researcher and PhD candidate working across the John Hunter Children’s Hospital and Hunter Medical Research Institute, Newcastle for the previous 6 years. Tenele’s research investigates insulin dosing strategies for dietary fat and protein in people with Type 1 Diabetes using insulin pump and multiple daily injection therapies. She was recently named the Australasian Paediatric Endocrine Group, Emerging Investigating of the Year (2020) and the International Society for Pediatric and Adolescent Diabetes, Best Oral Presenter at Conference (2020).
Dr. Vinutha B Shetty
Dr Vinutha B Shetty (PhD 2020, the University of Western Australia) is an Endocrinology consultant at Perth Children Hospital and clinical researcher at Telethon Kids institute with a passion for researching in the field of exercise and type 1 diabetes focussing on glucose requirements to prevent hypoglycaemia during exercise. She is a clinical lecturer with UWA and supervises medical students in research training. She leads the exercise research theme at Children Diabetes Centre and has co-ordinated a number of studies related to exercise and diabetes using insulin clamp techniques. Her research over the past 10 years has been on determining the carbohydrate requirements to maintain stable glycaemia during different intensities of exercise done under variable insulin conditions. Her research was supported several generous grants from the NHMRC and the International Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF).
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