For 16 years, this annual symposium has attracted nearly 5000 Victorian health professionals working in the field of diabetes.
This year’s symposium will feature presentations from a coalition of experts from a variety of medical and academic institutions; including the Baker Heart and Diabetes Institute, the Australian Centre for Behavioural Research in Diabetes and Diabetes Victoria.
We hope that attendees will find plenty of opportunities to examine and then apply the innovative practical examples presented to their own day-to-day clinical practice! 

2020 Real World Diabetes, Evidence to Practice symposium will be going ahead. We are reviewing the delivery method of the event but it will be an interactive digital event. 
Please stay tuned, as further details about registration and delivery method will be released over the coming weeks.



Friday 8 May, 2020


9.00am - 4.30pm
(registrations open at 8.30am)






Susanne Baxandall is a social worker and former registered nurse who is the inaugural Consumer Advocacy Coordinator with Diabetes Victoria – a position she has held for almost 20 years.Susanne’s work at Diabetes Victoria brings her into daily contact with lived experience experts in diabetes across this state who have a problem they need help with or an idea to share and implement. Her work also includes policy development and implementation in the areas of type 1 diabetes in early childhood and school settings as well as project management, resource development and trainer.

Susanne has worked in the health not-for-profit sector since the late 1970s at the now Cancer Vic, as their  first Director of Patient Services Development Unit. Before this role she was the  Co-Director of the newly formed Community Care Planning Department at the Australian Red Cross, Victorian Division.

While studying social work she worked at the Red Cross Blood Transfusion Service and as a clinical teacher/placement supervisor for undergraduate nurses in the first year at The Alfred Hospital.

Suzanne is particularly proud of her professional achievements such as undertaking the research and securing ongoing funding for establishment of the Australian Centre for Grief Education and leading the push for Palliative Care nationwide to be funded under Medicare.

Sarah Brown is the Chief Executive Officer of Purple House and has been helping the Indigenous Directors to run the organisation since its inception more than 17 years ago. In 2017 she was Hesta Australia’s Nurse of the Year. In 2018 she made it to the BOSS magazine’s ‘True Leaders’ list.

Sarah holds a Master of Nursing, a Graduate Diploma in Aboriginal Education and a Graduate Diploma in Health Service Management. Prior to joining Purple House, she was as a remote area nurse and university lecturer..

While studying social work she worked at the Red Cross Blood Transfusion Service and as a clinical teacher/placement supervisor for undergraduate nurses in the first year at The Alfred Hospital.

She paints, has exhibitions across Australia and overseas, has three kids and drives a 1959 Morris Minor.

Terrill Bruere is an experienced dietitian known for her work both in eating disorders and in women’s health, particularly with polycystic ovary syndrome. She has worked in both public and private eating disorder services in Melbourne and at Jean Hailes for Women’s Health and the Royal Women’s Hospital. Currently, she is working in private practice and consultancy in her specialist areas and is a member of ANZAED and other similar professional networks.

Terrill works from a health at every size or weight inclusive framework and has been exploring and developing further skills to enhance people’s relationship with their bodies and their eating for many years. She is a strong advocate for broader and more sustainable client-centered approaches to treatment that fit well with the evidence-based practice of a dietitian. This includes intuitive eating, motivational interviewing and cognitive behavioral therapy.

Terrill also provides clinical supervision to other dietitians and is experienced in group facilitation, teaching & resource development and is regularly involved in public speaking.

Associate Professor Neale Cohen is the Director of Clinical Diabetes at the Baker Heart and Diabetes Institute in Melbourne. He is an endocrinologist involved in clinical practice and research at the Baker Institute. In his current position, he is responsible for the management of one of the largest diabetes outpatient services in Australia; including two Melbourne-based services, an outreach service in Central Australia and a telehealth service in regional Victoria.

His clinical research interests include indigenous diabetes, type 2 diabetes therapeutics and technology in type 1 diabetes. He has currently appointments as Associate Professor at University of Queensland and Monash University.

Neale graduated from Monash University in 1984 doing post graduate training at the Alfred Hospital, the International Diabetes Institute and the Austin Hospital, attaining his specialty status in endocrinology in 1992.

Karen Crawford has worked for Diabetes Victoria for more than 10 years, coordinating health professional training programs. Karen is a registered nurse, midwife and credentialled diabetes educator, and a Fellow of the Australian College of Nursing.

Karen has been involved in policy development in the diabetes at school and preschool area, plus the development of many programs and resources for school staff and families. She has presented at a number of national and international conferences on aspects of diabetes at school policy, strategy and support.

Karen has extensive experience with the development and review of policy at both national and clinical levels. She chaired the review of the ADEA Core Competencies for Credentialled Diabetes Educators and has been involved in the process of reviewing the National Standards of Practice for CDEs and Standards for Diabetes Education Services and Programs for ADEA.

Karen is Chair of the ADEA Course Accreditation and Standards of Practice Committee, which is responsible for the accreditation of postgraduate diabetes courses in Australia. She is also a member of the Australasian Paediatric Endocrine Group and part of their diabetes subcommittee.

Dr Elizabeth Holmes-Truscott is a Research Fellow with the Australian Centre for Behavioural Research in Diabetes (ACBRD), a partnership between Diabetes Victoria and Deakin University. Elizabeth manages a varied program of research focused on the behavioural, psychological and social aspects of diabetes. She has particular interest in the barriers and facilitators of medication uptake and coordinates the NDSS Type 2 Diabetes: Starting Insulin National Priority Area.

In 2019, Elizabeth led the development of the NDSS Starting Insulin booklet for people with type 2 diabetes who want to learn more about insulin and what it might mean for them. Elizabeth is the recipient of a Deakin University 2-year Dean’s Postdoctoral Research Fellowship, which is supporting her development and evaluation of resources to improve receptiveness to injectable medications.

Elizabeth also has a strong interest in communication with, and about people with, diabetes, primary care-based interventions to improve diabetes management, as well as the development and psychometric assessment of psychosocial questionnaires.

Bec Humphreys has lived with type 1 diabetes for 25 years. She has been using an insulin pump for 16 years and has started looping 2.5 years ago. She is currently residing in North East Victoria in a little gold mining town with her husband and two children.

Bec has been a credentialled diabetes educator for more than 15 years and has worked in both public and private practice. She is currently working towards finishing her Master of Nurse Practitioner. Prior to moving to Beechworth, Bec worked at the Royal Children's Hospital Melbourne and continues to be involved with diabetes camps. Since moving to Beechworth, she has worked with Dr Robert Krones in Wangaratta to establish an insulin pump service. Together, they have started more than 250 people on insulin pump therapy.

Bec is passionate about the management of type 1 diabetes, access to technology and best practice in regional areas.

Dr Clint Miller is a lecturer in Clinical Exercise Physiology at Deakin University. His PhD research investigated the effect of high volume exercise during a very low energy diet in women with clinically severe obesity for changes in body composition and physical function. His current research investigates the use of exercise on body composition and physical function with a focus on a client-centred biopsychosocial approach. He has 15 years clinical practice experience working in the areas of diabetes, obesity and musculoskeletal pain.

Clint manages the Deakin University Clinical Exercise Centre and continues to be actively involved in clinical practice through the supervision of Master of Clinical Exercise Physiology students.

Electra Ulrich is an accredited practising dietitian and a senior dietitian at Northern Health. There she sees clients with type 1, type 2 and gestational diabetes. Given the catchment area of Northern Health, Electra works with a diverse population group – in particular clients from Middle Eastern and Indian backgrounds. She has led the dietetics team to create and implement a practical resource for clients who fast for Ramadan, in particular focusing on women who have gestational diabetes.



2020 Real World Diabetes, Evidence to Practice symposium will be going ahead. We are reviewing the delivery method of the event but it will be an interactive digital event. 
Please stay tuned, as further details about registration and delivery method will be released over the coming weeks.


Please pay and register online

Registration start time: 8.30am
Once online registration and payment has been completed, you will receive two emails,
one from Diabetes Victoria to confirm your attendance and the other from the events management app, Whova, which will include a link for you to download the events management app. 

Whova will provide you access to:

  • Professional profiles of event speakers
  • Speaker handouts and presentations
  • Engage with exhibitors
  • Network and find attendees with common affiliations
  • Receive event update notifcations from organisers
  • The event agenda, maps and parking directions

Registration Fees 

Early bird fees (closing date 8 April) 


Standard Fees (closing date 30 April)


Registration and payment

Payment must be received by Friday 1 May 2020. Confirmation of registration and a receipt will be issued. Certificate of attendance will be emailed upon completion of online evaluation or upon request.

No refund or cancellation available after Friday 1 May.


For further information
or 1300 437 386





Baker Institute and Diabetes Victoria would like to acknowledge the support of the following sponsors:

Major Sponsors


Other Sponsors

abbottamsl diabetesascensia diabetes carebecton dickinson
lillymy life diabetescarenovo nordiskplunketts