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Lindsey Baudinet Rising Star Award in Type 1 Diabetes Research

The Australian Diabetes Society together with the Lindsey Baudinet Family is pleased to announce the Lindsey Baudinet Rising Star Award in Type 1 Diabetes Research.  The purpose of the award to is to support eligible early-career researchers to pursue research in type 1 diabetes and its complications.

The award is $20,000 for one year.


To be eligible for this award, you need to:

Selection criteria

The selection committee will assess applicants based on:

All applicants must complete the application form below (please download) to be considered for the award. Applicants will be notified end of April 2019.

Application Form

Applications Closing Date: Friday 15 March 2019

Please forward applications or for further enquiries to:-

Dr Sof Andrikopoulos
Australian Diabetes Society
Chief Executive Officer

Registrations now open for the 2019 ADS Practical Skills Course

The Australian Diabetes Society is running its annual Practical Skills Course for First Year Trainees in Adult Endocrinology on Saturday 16 February 2019. The Course will be held at the Marriott Hotel in Melbourne. Registration commences at 8:15am. The course starts at 8:45am sharp and finishes at 5:30pm.

The course will focus on the hands-on practical skills required to effectively care for people with diabetes in ward and clinic settings. It will be run by senior endocrinologists, senior advanced trainees and other diabetes health professionals.

There will be six 1-hour sessions including small group workshops:

1) Monitoring glucose levels

2) Prescribing diabetes medications

3) Insulin, insulin injector devices and self-injection technique

4) Programming insulin pumps (with hands-on experience)

5) Inpatient glycaemia, including peri-operative management

6) Managing the diabetic foot (including ulcer management and footwear)

Supervisors are encouraged to advise incoming first year trainees of this course.

Course Details:

Venue: Melbourne Marriott Hotel, Cnr Exhibition & Lonsdale Sts, Melbourne, VIC 3000
Saturday 16 February 2019
Registration Fee:
Registration is free of charge (but trainees will need to organise their own travel arrangements)
Course Times: Registration is from 8:15am to 8:45am; course to commence sharply at 8:45am and will conclude at 5.30pm

Click HERE to download the course flyer

Registration Conditions:

  • Registration to the course is only open for First Year Advanced Trainees in Adult Endocrinology.
  • Registration for the course is free of charge but trainees will need to organise their own travel arrangements (air travel and accommodation) to attend the course. Flights will need to be booked to allow FULL attendance at the course.
  • Early registration is recommended as places are strictly limited.
  • Registration closes on Thursday 31 January 2019

Please note that the course is being held on the same day as 'White Night' in Melbourne so it is highly recommended that accommodation is booked as early as possible.

To Register for the ADS Practical Skills Course 2019:

Please click HERE to apply online for the ADS Practical Skills Course 2019

Please contact Ms Linda Valenzisi at the ADS Secretariat via email at: for any enquires regarding the course.

Cancellation: Please provide the ADS Secretariat notice by no later than Friday 1 February 2019 if you are unable to attend the course.

This course is supported by funds provided to ADS under the National Diabetes Services Scheme (NDSS). The NDSS is an initiative of the Australian Government administered with the assistance of Diabetes Australia. We gratefully acknowledge the financial support for this educational activity.

Diabetic Foot Australia is moving to the Australian Diabetes Society

We are delighted to announce that with the conclusion of the Wound Management Innovation Cooperative Research Centre (Wound CRC) this month, the Australian Diabetes Society (ADS) will take Diabetic Foot Australia (DFA) into its stable of national diabetes clinical and research programs from the 1st July 2018. Read Media Release (Posted 20 June 2018).

Launched by the Wound CRC in 2015, Diabetic Foot Australia has since become the national multi-disciplinary advocacy body for the prevention, care and research of this prevalant disease. We thank the Wound CRC for their vision, support and investment in establishing DFA and continuing in partnership with Wound Innovations as the Wound CRC's successor.

DFA look forward to working with Dr Sof Andikopoulos and his expert team at ADS in accelerating DFA's work and Australia's progression to ending avoidable amputations in a generation. By combining the well-established reputation of ADS as the peak national diabetes body for scientific and medical sectors, with our engaged national diabetic foot community, we can drive further colloborations, research, education and most importantly, advocacy for patients.

For further exciting DFA activities to be released soon, please visit the DFA website at

RACGP & ADS Joint Clinical Position Statement on Emergency Management in Primary Care

Emergency management of hyperglycaemia in primary care was developed by the RACGP and the Australian Diabetes Society (ADS) to raise clinical awareness of hyperglycaemic emergencies in primary care by:

  • Identifying clinically important patient presentations and risk factors

  • Ensuring management of hyperglycaemic emergencies is optimised to prevent serious outcomes

This document should be read in conjunction with the relevant management flow charts (Figures 1 and 2), which provide information for the management of hyperglycaemic emergencies before patients arrive at hospital. This position statement should integrate with, but not replace, existing sick day, ambulance and hospital-based management protocols. Clinicians should consult existing local/regional or health pathways/protocols for inpatient management.

It is important to note this statement does not replace existing diagnostic guidelines for routine (non-emergency) presentations, and should not be used for evaluating hyperglycaemia associated with pregnancy where specialist advice on assessment and management must be sought. Download the jointly-produced RACGP and Australian Daibetes Society clinical Position Statement which aims to assess and manage hyperglycaemic emergencies and prevent adverse outcomes - PDF (Posted: May, 2018)

Subsidised Continuous Glucose Monitoring Products for Young Australians

From 1 April 2017, the Australian Government will provide fully subsidised continuous glucose monitoring (CGM) products to eligible children and young people aged under 21 years with type 1 diabetes.

Children and young people who experience significant challenges in managing their blood glucose levels, particularly those who have difficulty identifying symptoms of hypoglycaemia, will benefit the most from CGM technology.

This initiative allows families and children to better self-manage their blood glucose levels, reducing visits to emergency departments and missed school days.

Continuous glucose monitors will alert users or their parents/carers if glucose levels are getting too low or too high without the need for continuous finger prick tests, reducing stress and anxiety for the child and young person and their family.

To be eligible, the child or young person will need to be assessed by an authorised health professional to determine if they meet specific criteria and to ensure that the use of CGM is a suitable part of their diabetes management plan.

The authorised health professionals for CGM assessment are endocrinologists, credentialled diabetes educators, and other health professionals specialising in diabetes (physicians, paediatricians or nurse practitioners).

An expert CGM Advisory Group, including endocrinologists, credentialed diabetes educators, consumer experts and other diabetes stakeholder groups, has advised that the best clinical outcomes are achieved when CGM is used as part of an ongoing diabetes management plan. Authorised health professionals will also play a key role in assisting in the set up and operation of CGM devices for eligible children and young people not currently using CGM.

The Continuous Glucose Monitoring Eligibility Assessment form is available at

Further information about access to CGM products through the NDSS, please visit You can also call the NDSS Helpline on 1300 136 588. Download the CGM Flow Chart for Health Professionals - PDF

ADS Position Statement on Insulin-requiring diabetes and recreational diving

Mervyn Kyi, Barbora Paldus, Natalie Nanayakkara, Michael Bennett, Rebecca Johnson, Catherine Meehan, Peter Colman

In 2015 the Australian Diabetes Society commissioned a working group to review and revise its position statement on scuba diving in persons with diabetes. The working group consisted of endocrinologists with an interest in type 1 diabetes, diving medical specialists, a recreational diver with diabetes and an advocate for people with type 1 diabetes.

A thorough literature review was performed and all available evidence was summarised and a new position statement was drafted. The new position statement was submitted to the ADS Council for approval.

The scope of this document is restricted to recreational (not professional) diving in line with the available evidence. It is also targeted at insulin-requiring (both type 1 and type 2) diabetes, as traditionally this group has been excluded from recreational diving. This document updates the ADS position statement in line with current evidence.

Download the full version of the ADS Insulin-requiring diabetes and recreational diving Position Statement - PDF and Appendicies - PDF (Posted: December, 2016)

ADS launches T2D Treatment Website (A New Blood Glucose Management Algorithm for Type 2 Diabetes)

As part of World Diabetes Day (14 November, 2016), the Australian Diabetes Society has launched a new interactive website aimed at improving the lives of people living with type 2 diabetes.

The T2D treatment website is the first of its kind in Australia to offer health-care clinicians a user-friendly, interactive tool to assist them in determining the best treatment option for their patients.   The launch of the website follows the release of a revised position statement by the ADS entitled, ‘A new blood glucose management algorithm for type 2 diabetes’.

This initiative involved the support of groups including the National Association of Diabetes Centres (NADC), Diabetes Australia (DA), the National Prescribing Service (NPS) and the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP).  

Please visit to access the T2D treatment website.

ADS Position Statement on A New Blood Glucose Management Algorithm for Type 2 Diabetes

The blood glucose management algorithm for type 2 diabetes outlines the risks, benefits and costs of available therapies and provides an approach for how to incorporate older and newer agents.

Control of blood glucose levels in people with type 2 diabetes has clear benefits for preventing microvascular complications and potential benefits for reducing macrovascular complications and death.

Treatment needs to be individualised for the person with diabetes.

This should start with selection of the appropriate blood glucose and HbA1c targets, taking into account life expectancy and the wishes of the person with diabetes. A range of recently available therapies have added to our range of options for controlling blood glucose levels but this has made the clinical pathway for managing diabetes more complicated.

To assist with clinical decision making, in 2014 the Australian Diabetes Society council appointed an expert working group to draft a position statement with a focus on the results of recent randomised clinical trials. The original statement was reviewed by the ADS council (September 2014) and then sent to all ADS members for comment before publication in the Medical Journal of Australia (December 2014). In light of new randomised clinical trial evidence the statement and algorithm was updated (December, 2016).

Download the updated (December, 2016) full version of the ADS A New Blood Glucose Management Algorithm for Type 2 Diabetes Position Statement - PDF (Posted: December, 2016)

Australasian Diabetes Data Network (ADDN)

The Australasian Diabetes Data Network (ADDN) is an initiative of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) supported by the Australasian Paediatric Endocrine Group (APEG) and the Australian Diabetes Society (ADS) to build long term clinical research capacity in Australia for people with diabetes.

ADDN has established Australia’s first national clinical research diabetes database, collecting clinical information from people with type 1 diabetes and connecting the data on an integrated, secure, custom-built platform. This rich data resource includes national-level information about type 1 diabetes, available to researchers within strict ethical and governance boundaries.

The database currently contains clinical data from children and adolescents with diabetes from seven specialist paediatric public tertiary centres across Australia. With planned expansion to adult centres, ADDN will extend its data capture and provide richer and more complete information about the natural history, clinical progression and most effective treatment regimens for all people living with type 1 diabetes.

For more information, visit the ADDN website at

Australian Obesity Management Algorithm

Obesity is a complex and multi-factorial chronic disease with genetic, environmental, physiological and behavioural determinants that requires long-term care. In 2014-15, 63.4% of Australians aged 18 years and over were above normal weight, with 27.9% being obese. Obesity is associated with a broad range of complications including type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease, dyslipidaemia, sleep apnoea, osteoarthritis, and certain types of cancers, which significantly impair quality of life. Obesity and its related complications place a considerable financial burden on Australia. In 2014-15, the direct and indirect costs of obesity were estimated at $ 8.65 billion.

This statement has been developed by a working group with representatives from the Australian Diabetes Society, the Australian and New Zealand Obesity Society and the Obesity Surgery Society of Australian and New Zealand.

The aims of the document are to:

1) Assist general practitioners (GPs) in treatment decisions for non-pregnant adults with obesity

2) Provide a practical clinical tool to guide the implementation of existing guidelines for the treatment of obesity in the primary care setting in Australia.

Download the full version of the Australian Obesity Management Algorithm - PDF (Posted: October, 2016)

Diabetes and Ramadan

Ramadan will begin on Saturday 27 May 2017 and ends on Sunday 25 June 2017. To assist health professionals, religious leaders and people with diabetes who fast during Ramadan, the Australian Diabetes Society (ADS), in conjunction and consultation together with the International Diabetes Federation (IDF) and the Diabetes and Ramadan International Alliance (DAR), have produced the following brochures:

  • Diabetes during Ramadan: Patient Guide - PDF
  • Ramadan and Diabetes: Guidance Sheet for Imam - PDF
  • Management of Diabetes During Ramadan: Quick Reference Guide for Health Professionals - PDF

ADS supports discussions on diabetes and Ramadan

In February 2017, the ADS and the NADC joined representatives from the Diabetes and Ramadan (DaR) International Alliance at this first-ever symposium in Australia. The event was an initiative of the Department of Endocrinology and Metabolism at Concord Repatriation General Hospital.

The event promoted the new IDF-DaR Diabetes and Ramadan Practical Guidelines, which provide healthcare professionals with important information to assist them in supporting patients during Ramadan.

A copy of the guidelines can be downloaded from the IDF website at

Many thanks to Sanofi who sponsored the production of the symposium videos. Please click the following link to access the symposium videos via the National Association of Diabetes Centres (NADC) website and share with your colleagues.

CATAG releases guiding principles on governance of biological and biosimilar medicines

The Council of Therapeutic Advisory Groups (CATAG, has updated and released the following document.,‘Overseeing biosimilar use. Guiding Principles for the governance of biological and biosimilar medicines in Australian hospitals’ Version 2 (September 2016). CATAG is cognisant the governance and management of biosimilars medicines is an evolving area and has reviewed its guidance in the context of national and international developments, including the outcome of the TGA review. The purpose of the Guiding Principles is to provide guidance for good governance and decision-making in relation to the use of biological therapies within Australian public hospitals. The guidance is intended to provide an overall framework, which is encouraged to be implemented locally. The guidance consists of nine Guiding Principles, which address the importance of governing the selection, prescription, switching, patient involvement, monitoring and communication of biologic/biosimilar use. The updated version 2 of the biosimilar Guiding Principles includes two significant changes. The document is available through the CATAG website at and can be downloaded as a PDF.

  • Updated driver medical standards from 1 October 2016

    While many factors contribute to safety on the road, driver health and fitness to drive is an important consideration. Drivers must meet certain medical standards to ensure their health status does not unduly increase their crash risk. Assessing Fitness to Drive, a joint publication of Austroads and the National Transport Commission (NTC), details the medical standards for driver licensing for use by health professionals and driver licensing authorities. The standards are approved by Commonwealth, state and territory transport ministers. In October 2016, new medical standards come into effect for drivers of private and commercial vehicles. The NTC website provides information for health professionals, employers, heavy vehicle drivers, commercial drivers and private vehicle drivers. Please click on the link to download the free electronic pdf version at

    TOUJEO® insulin now available in Australia on private prescription

    TOUJEO® (300 units/mL) will be available in Australia as a private prescription for the treatment of diabetes mellitus in adults as of 1 December 2016.

    Toujeo® SoloStar® is a prefilled pen that contains a longer-acting1 formulation of insulin glargine (300 units/mL) compared with Lantus® (insulin glargine 100 units/mL). Toujeo is designed for once-daily subcutaneous administration. Toujeo (300 units/mL) will appear in commonly used script writing software.

    Toujeo is not currently available on the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS) and will not be available at a PBS-subsidised price, so patients will incur out of pocket costs. We recommend advising patients to check with their pharmacist to determine the cost of having their Toujeo prescription dispensed.

    It is important to note that this strength of insulin glargine (300 units/mL [Toujeo]) is not bioequivalent and therefore not automatically interchangeable to other basal insulins and will require dose adjustment.

    For information about price, guidance on how to initiate a patient on Toujeo and to access an educational leaflet for patients, please download these resources via the following links (Private Supply Notice - PDF / Patient Carer Guide - PDF / Healthcare Professional Guide - PDF)

    To find out more about Toujeo, visit the website at

    Important TGA update on Metformin

    The TGA has issued an update on the availability status of Metformin.

    The following products are now available: 

    • DIABEX XR 500 metformin hydrochloride 500 mg extended release tablet blister pack
    • DIAFORMIN XR metformin hydrochloride 500 mg extended release tablet blister pack
    • DIABEX XR 1000 metformin hydrochloride 1000 mg extended release tablet blister pack
    • DIAFORMIN XR 1000 metformin hydrochloride 1000 mg extended release tablet blister pack.

    The current status of shortages and affected products is outlined in the table below:


    CHEMMART METFORMIN XR 500 metformin hydrochloride 500 mg modified release tablet blister pack

    Apotex Pty Ltd

    Limited availability


    APO-METFORMIN XR 500 metformin hydrochloride 500 mg modified release tablet blister pack

    Apotex Pty Ltd

    Limited availability


    TERRY WHITE CHEMISTS METFORMIN XR 500 metformin hydrochloride 500 mg modified release tablet blister pack

    Apotex Pty Ltd

    Limited availability


    METEX XR metformin hydrochloride 500 mg extended release tablet blister pack

    Arrow Pharma Pty Ltd

    Limited availability

    The TGA also advises pharmacists that, if they are unable to obtain Metformin extended release products that are currently available through their regular wholesaler, they should contact an alternative wholesaler to try to secure stock.

    Medicine Recall: Certain Batches of GlucaGen HypoKit in Australia

    Novo Nordisk Pharmaceuticals Pty Ltd is recalling certain batches of GlucaGen® HypoKit due to a small number of needles becoming detached from the pre-filled syringe supplied in the GlucaGen® HypoKit

    Novo Nordisk Pharmaceuticals Pty Ltd is recalling for batches of GlucaGen® HypoKit in Australia. GlucaGen® HypoKit is used for the treatment of severe hypoglycaemic reactions which may occur in the management of diabetic patients receiving insulin or oral hypoglycaemic agents. This action has been undertaken following consultation with the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA). Novo Nordisk conducted an investigation showing a small number (0.006%) of needles from certain batches may become detached from the pre-filled syringe supplied during use. Despite the very low risk to patient safety, Novo Nordisk is recalling all products in the affected batches from wholesalers, pharmacies and patients in Australia.

    The recalled GlucaGen® HypoKit batch numbers and expiry date in Australia are:

    Batch Number

    Expiry date









    Note that community and hospital pharmacies will also be contacted and requested to follow up with patients they have supplied since February 2016 and will be asked to return any stock they hold from affected batches. Formal notification has also been sent to mainstream national media, professional diabetes/endocrine societies, RACGP, RACP and diabetes patient associations. If patients have a GlucaGen® HypoKit from an affected batch they are to return it to their pharmacy. They will be given a free replacement either immediately (if the pharmacy has unaffected stock available) or within a few days (if the pharmacy has to await resupply). If the pharmacy does not receive a replacement immediately, the patient is to retain their GlucaGen® HypoKit until the replacement can be provided, as the likelihood of a detached needle is very low. Importantly, if you are in possession of GlucaGen® HypoKit products with batch numbers NOT mentioned above there is NO concern and you can be confident that the products will work as prescribed. Further information: NovoCare® Customer Care Centre Phone: 1800 668 626 Email: Website:

    Metabolic Surgery in the Treatment Algorithm for Type 2 Diabetes: A Joint Statement by International Diabetes Organizations

    The ADS has recently endorsed international guidelines that recommend metabolic surgery for patients with type 2 diabetes and class III (BMI ≥40 kg/m2) obesity and patients with type 2 diabetes with class II (BMI 35.0–39.9 kg/m2) obesity who have had inadequate glycaemic control with lifestyle and pharmacotherapy.

    Download the full version of the 'Metabolic Surgery in the Treatment Algorithm for Type 2 Diabetes: A Joint Statement by International Diabetes Organizations' Guidelines - PDF (Posted: June, 2016)

    2017 ADS Membership Renewal

    The 2017 Australian Diabetes Society Membership Fee Renewals are now overdue. Please ensure that the ADS Secretariat has all the correct mailing and contact details, particularly email addresses, as we rely on these to maintain contact with you and keep you informed of ADS activities. The 2017 ADS Subscription period is from 1 July 2017 to 30 June 2018. Please contact the ADS secretariat at for membership enquiries.

    Enhancing Your Consulting Skills - Now available for download online

    “Enhancing Your Consulting Skills: Supporting self-management and optimising mental health in people with type 1 diabetes” is designed for trainees in Adult Endocrinology, their supervisors and other interested health professionals. The resource includes topics such as information giving, health literacy, facilitating practical skills acquisition, and promoting behaviour change. It also explores the emotional, psychological and psychiatric issues that can impact on the quality of life of people with type 1 diabetes.


    “Enhancing Your Consulting Skills” was developed by the Australian Diabetes Society for the National Diabetes Services Scheme. It is now available in electronic format through the ADS website at: []. It can be downloaded free of charge for individual use. Please Note that you will be required to submit a request for download and obtain your password prior to receiving the download link. Hard copies of the resource are available from the ADS Secretariat.

    Important Information regarding changes to the National Diabetes Services Scheme

    From 1 July 2016 some important changes are happening to the National Diabetes services Scheme (NDSS). There are no changes to the types of products available under the NDSS, but the way people access these products may change. People will still be able to access NDSS products through their local participating community pharmacy access point. In fact the Federal Government wants to extend the number of community pharmacies that provide NDSS products to make it more convenient for people with diabetes. NDSS products will no longer be available through Diabetes Australia (DA) or state and territory diabetes organisations. This means people will no longer be able to order products via the Diabetes Australia shops, the NDSS 1300 number or via the website. Diabetes Australia and state and territory diabetes organisations will instead focus efforts on continuing to provide education services for people with diabetes. There will be no changes to NDSS education services funded by the Government - in fact the Government will be increasing funding to expand education and support available to people with diabetes. Community Pharmacies have made up more than 90% of all NDSS access points in Australia for over ten years, so people can be confident that if they have not accessed pharmacy before for this, they will receive a high level of service.

    Please visit the Department of Health website for the latest updates or click here to read the NDSS Frequently Asked Questions.

    Australian National Diabetes Strategy 2016-2020

    The Australian Government has developed and released a new National Diabetes Strategy to update and priorities the national response to diabetes across all levels of government. The Australian National Diabetes Strategy 2016-2020 (the Strategy) is a high-level document that contains a number of goals and potential areas for action that provide a range of ideas for implementation to achieve each goal. This presents a range of opportunities for jurisdictions to partner with the Commonwealth to develop and support approaches for diabetes prevention and control. The Strategy was endorsed by the Australian Health Ministers Advisory Council (AHMAC) on 2 October 2015, noted by the COAG Health Council on 6 November 2015, and publically released 13 November 2015. An implementation plan will be developed in consultation with jurisdictions through AHMAC to consider the ways to direct funding and other resources and proposed measures to evaluate the progress of the Strategy. Engagement and support from jurisdictions will facilitate a coordinated approach to diabetes across governments and ensure there is broad benefit from the Strategy. The Strategy has been informed by the expert advice of the National Diabetes Strategy Advisory Group and consultations with key stakeholders and the community. The Australian Government provides support to people with diabetes through Medicare and a range of programs and this new Strategy will not replace or override existing processes. This Strategy aims to better coordinate health resources across the sector to where they are needed most. The Australian National Diabetes Strategy document is available from the Department of Health's website at Media Release Statement by Health Minister; the Hon Sussan Ley MP on Australia delivers new National Diabetes Strategy on World Diabetes Day

    The Australian Diabetes Society endorses Endocrinology, Diabetes & Metabolism Case Reports

    Endocrinology, Diabetes & Metabolism Case Reports is a unique, open access resource that publishes and links together case reports, enabling practitioners to communicate findings, share knowledge and convey medical experiences efficiently and effectively; furthering both medical education and clinical practice. The search and browse functionality enables fluid navigation between case reports, facilitating discovery, connections and comparisons; making it the go-to resource across all the many disciplines intersecting with endocrinology, diabetes and metabolism.

    Members of the Australian Diabetes Society receive a 20% discount on the open access publishing charge when publishing case reports in Endocrinology, Diabetes & Metabolism Case Reports (submit online via

    Please click on the PDF link to download and view the member flyer - PDF