Professional Development/Events

Canberra Conference: Sunday 15th October 2017 - Diabetes Primer

Topic outlines, speaker bios and learning outcomes for NSW/ACT's 2017 Canberra Conference - Diabetes Primer are listed below.

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9:00am

Diabetes: The Non-Sugar Coated Facts
Angela Blair, Diabetes NSW/ACT

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Topic Outline:

The first part of this talk will give a brief overview of the types of diabetes, the microvascular and macrovascular effects of diabetes, and discuss the hard facts about the increasing diabetes rates in Australia. In the second part, Angelawill discuss the role of the Diabetes Team for people living with diabetes, steps to support better self-management skills and the Annual Cycle of Care. Angela will offer simple steps to finding resources, programs and services available for people with diabetes including the NDSS, Diabetes NSW & ACT and Medicare.

Learning Objectives:

- To review diabetes statistics in Australia
- To review the major microvascular and macrovascular complications of diabetes
- To identify the diabetes team and their role in it
- To describe the types of diabetes
- To recall the steps to finding resources to support people living with diabetes

Speaker Bio:

As a Credentialled Diabetes Educator for more than 35 years, I have been responsible for the development, delivery and review of many programs for children, adolescents and adults living all types of diabetes and prevention. This has included training for health professionals both face-to-face and the eLearning format.

My professional qualifications are NSW registered nurse/midwife with a Bachelor of Nursing from the University of Newcastle (1993),and a Masters in Applied Management (Health) through the University of Newcastle. I am a credentialled diabetes educator through the Australian Diabetes Educators Association. I have a Certificate 4 in Learning and Assessment.

9:40am

Diabetic Retinopathy Diagnosis: More Than Just Red Dots on a Photo!
Paula Katalinic

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Topic Outline:

This talk will provide optometrists with clinical pearls on how to recognise the various lesions of diabetic retinopathy in the consulting room and correctly grade the level of NPDR, PDR and macular oedema). This presentation also aims to enhance understating of why DR occurs, what the risk factors are for progression, and why it is so important to dilate the pupils and look beyond the area of the retina captured in a retinal photo.

Learning Objectives:

- Understand the pathophysiology of diabetic retinopathy
- Review the constellation of lesions which occur in diabetic retinopathy
- Review the International Diabetic Retinopathy Disease Severity Scale

Speaker Bio:

Paula Katalinic is a Principal Staff Optometrist at Centre For Eye Health, Sydney, and Professional Services Manager at the Optometry NSW/ACT. Her main clinical interest is in the early diagnosis of eye diseases, particularly retinal pathology and the application of advanced ocular imaging technologies. She has had a keen interest in diabetic eye disease throughout her career since working from 2000-2004 at Joslin Diabetes Centre's Beetham Eye Institute, Boston where she was involved in a large scale diabetic retinopathy telemedicine program. She received her Bachelor and Master of Optometry degrees from The University of New South Wales and gained her Graduate Certificate in Ocular Therapeutics in 2008. She has worked in both rural and urban optometric practice and as a Staff Optometrist in the School of Optometry and Vision Science, UNSW.

10:40am

Diagnosis and Management of Type 1 and Type 2 Diabetes
Professor Bernie Tuch

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Topic Outline:

Diabetes is a growing problem in our community, both type 1 and type 2, with the total number of people affected by the disorder around the world being 415 million, and growing daily. Preventative strategies are important for type 2 diabetes, especially lifestyle changes; and cell therapies are beginning to emerge for type 1 diabetes. Medication is now available to assist weight reduction, a key strategy in improving glycaemic control in type 2 diabetes. Long term side effects from diabetes can usually be delayed, or perhaps prevented, by good control of blood glucose levels and blood pressure.

Learning Objectives:

- How to monitor glycaemic control in people with diabetes and assess adequacy of control
- What is pre-diabetes, and what can be done to prevent development of diabetes
- To understand the different classes of drugs available for management of diabetes 

Speaker Bio:

Dr Bernie Tuch is an endocrinologist in private practice in Sydney, but also running a research program funded by the Australian Foundation for Diabetes Research designed to administer cell therapies for type 1 diabetes without the need for anti-rejection drugs. He is an Honorary Professor at The University of Sydney, and an Adjunct Professor at Monash University. Between 1991 and 2009 he was a Staff Specialist at the Prince of Wales Hospital in Sydney and a Professor of Medicine at The University of New South Wales. He holds appointments at both the Prince of Wales Private and St Vincent’s Private Hospitals in Sydney, and separately is the Director of the NSW Stem Cell Network.

11:20am

Aunty Mary's Story
Mary Farrell-Hooker

Topic Outline:

Aunty Mary is an aboriginal ambassador for Guide Dogs Australia. She will kindly share her story of how diabetic retinopathy caused her sight to deteriorate to the point of being declared legally blind in 2010. Mary, her mother, nine of her siblings and her grandchild all suffer from diabetes. Her vision deteriorated to the point that Mary had to give up her career as a Social Worker and much of her independence, until she became totally housebound. After receiving orientation and mobility training from Guide Dogs NSW/ACT, Mary has regained her independence. Since 2008, she helped develop the ‘Aunty Mary Program’, in which she travels to aboriginal communities to tell her story and show the importance of preventing diabetes and blindness.

Learning Objectives:

- To increase understanding of how diabetes-related vision loss impacts the individual and their family
- To understand the services provided by Guide Dogs NSW/ACT 

Speaker Bio:

Mary Farrell-Hooker is one of 12 children (8 girls and 4 boys) born in Taree, NSW. In 1970, Mary and eight of her siblings were forcibly taken from their parents and made State Wards.  Mary remained there until she was aged 18. It took her six years to find her family members again. Mary is one of the former residents who took a Class Action for sexual abuse against three of the former staff members of 'Parramatta Girls Home'.

Since then, Mary has been active in the aboriginal community. Mary is one of the Mid-Western delegates for the Wiradjuri area for the Stolen Generation Alliance Groups and was one of the original founding members. Mary is a former member of the NSW Sorry Day Committee and a current member the National Sorry Day Committee.

Mary, her mother, nine of her siblings and her grandchild all suffer from Diabetes. Mary has Diabetic Retinopathy, which has caused her sight to deteriorate to the point of being declared legally blind in 2010. During this time, Mary had to give up her career as a Social Worker and much of her independence, until she became totally housebound.

After receiving orientation and mobility training from Guide Dogs NSW/ACT, Mary has regained her independence. Since 2008, she helped develop the ‘Aunty Mary Program’, in which she travels to aboriginal communities to tell her story and show the importance of preventing diabetes and blindness. Aunty Mary is an aboriginal ambassador for Guide Dogs Australia.

Aunty Mary stated:

"The young ones really listen to me, We teach them about the different eye conditions and what it’s like to be blind, so they can help anyone in their own family who has low vision."

Aunty Mary lives in Mudgee with her husband of 33 years, Rodney. Aunty Mary is a proud mother and grandmother.

11:40am

Diabetes in the Consult Room: What NO Textbook Can Tell You...
Amira Howari

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Topic Outline:

This talk aims to demystify "life with diabetes", equip optometrists with practical history taking skill sets that will uncover the truth behind their patients' true diabetes status, and enable delegates to obtain a deeper understanding of 'non typical' contributing factors that can impact when to review a patient with diabetes. Amira will also discuss the significant role of optometrists and their contribution when it comes to treatment and management options.

Learning Objectives:

- To demystify "life with diabetes"
- To equip optometrists with practical history taking skill sets that will uncover the truth behind their patients' true diabetes status
- To obtain a deeper understanding of 'non typical' contributing factors that can impact when to review a patient with diabetes
- To discuss the significant role of optometrists and their contribution when it comes to treatment and management options

Speaker Bio:

Amira Howari is a clinical optometrist and former OA councillor (NSW/ACT). Amira’s qualifications from The University of New South Wales include a Bachelor of Optometry (Hons), Graduate Certificate of Ocular Therapeutics and Masters of Optometry.  Amira Howari has worked extensively in corporate, independent and pharmaceutical settings taking on the role of a Professional Affairs Associate and both clinical education as well as business roles. Amira has also worked at The University of New South Wales as a Clinical Supervisor and guest speaker, as well as with an ophthalmology group in NSW/ACT as Professional Optometric Manager.

Amira was the founder of their optometry PEACE conference which is now in its seventh year running.  Amira has also spoken on public and industry platforms as well as writing for MiVision and the alike as a freelance industry writer.  Having lived with type one diabetes for over 23years, co-managed with ophthalmologists endocrinologists and diabetic nutritionists/educators her passion in this area has seen Amira venture into educational roles with a number of institutions, magazines including Good Health magazine, radios segments on 2CCRFM and advocacy as an Ambassador for Diabetes Australia.

12:10pm

What's New in the Treatment of Diabetic Retinopathy?
Dr Michael Chilov

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Topic Outline:

There has been a rapid expansion in the treatment options available to patients with diabetic retinopathy. This presentation will provide an update of the new treatment options in diabetic retinopathy, their limitations and what optometrists need to look out for, together with case studies.

Learning Objectives:

- Understand the treatment options for diabetic macula oedema
- Understand the treatment options for proliferative diabetic retinopathy
- Understand the importance of systemic interventions in diabetic retinopathy management

Speaker Bio:

Michael is a Sydney based ophthalmologist with subspecialty interests in retina/ macula conditions and cataract surgery. His ophthalmology training was in Sydney, with advanced retinal fellowship training in the UK. Michael has been involved in a number of clinical trials investigating new treatments for retinal disease. He holds public teaching hospital appointments at Concord Hospital and Sydney Eye Hospital as well as working in private practice in Sydney.

2:20pm

How Has Advanced Imaging Changed DR Diagnosis?
Paula Katalinic

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Topic Outline:

This talk will discuss the role of advanced imaging technologies (optical coherence tomography (OCT), OCT angiography, multimodal imaging, and widefield retinal imaging) that can enhance the diagnosis and monitoring of diabetic retinopathy and guide decision making about when to refer for treatment. Interesting cases from the Centre For Eye Health will be presented.

Learning Objectives:

- Describe the role of advanced imaging technologies in the diagnosis of diabetic retinopathy
- Understand how advanced imaging can assist in monitoring diabetic retinopathy
- Understand how advanced imaging can guide timing of referral to an ophthalmologist 

Speaker Bio:

As above.

3:00pm

Diabetic Retinopathy Grand Rounds
Dr Michael Chilov

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Topic Outline:

This session will build on the concepts discussed during the meeting and apply them to clinical cases. The cases will review important clinical signs and pearls in the assessment of diabetic retinopathy, indications for referral and its urgency and examples of treatment. The session aims to be interactive and registrants are invite to submit cases for discussion.

Learning Objectives:

- Understand the importance of retinopathy grading in determining the urgency of referral and management
- Understand conditions that can “masquerade” as diabetic retinopathy
- Review important clinical signs in diabetic retinopathy assessment 

Speaker Bio:

As above.