2016 ADS-ADEA Annual Scientific Meeting and Exhibition

photo with Martha Funnell2Last month was the 2016 Australian Diabetes Society (ADS) and Australian Diabetes Educators Association (ADEA) Annual Scientific Meeting and Exhibition.

The exciting and innovative program brought together national and international experts to promote the exchange of the latest clinical practices and cutting edge research in diabetes.

Diabetes WA Management Unit Manager, Sophie McGough and Credentialled Diabetes Educator, Kylie Mahony were both in attendance and had abstracts selected for both the oral presentations and poster presentations. Both abstracts centered on the DESMOND program. Follow the links below to read both abstracts.

DESMOND (Diabetes Education and Self-Management for the Ongoing and Newly Diagnosed): Is it only for the newly diagnosed? –Abstract 74 (external link).

DESMOND (Diabetes Education and Self-Management for the Ongoing and Newly Diagnosed): Quality Development Assessment of Assessors – the point of difference. Abstract 378 (external link).

A highlight for both Ms McGough and Ms Mahony was listening to ADEA Plenary speaker Dr Martha Funnell from the University of Michigan Medical School. Dr Funnell is a pioneer in the area of patient empowerment and psychosocial support, and is an internationally recognised leader in the field of diabetes self-management. She delivered an inspirational plenary session at the conference with some of her key messages including:

  • The “WAIT” principle which is that health professionals need to ask themselves “Why Am I Talking?”
  • Information sharing needs to be about the client and what they need to know at the time that they need to know it.
  • Focus needs to be on self not management.
  • Can start a discussion with one decision that the client has made and how it went or “if someone asked you what it is like to live with diabetes, what would you say?”

You can find out more information about Dr Funnell on the conference website (external link).

For more information on the 2016 ADS-ADEA Annual Scientific Meeting or to read the abstracts that were selected visit the ADS-ADEA website (external link).