Success for diabetes injection forum

Last weekend, over 200 delegates including pharmacists gathered to discuss the significance of correct injection technique at a first-ever Australian and New Zealand forum

Australian and New Zealand credentialled diabetes educators, pharmacists, endocrinologists and GPs attended the one-day Forum for Injection Technique & Therapy Expert Recommendations (FITTER) event held in Western Sydney on Saturday 20 May.

Delegates were also able to access and engage in the forum online via webinar.

The event – which focused on the increasing need for effective collaboration among all healthcare specialties – was received well among pharmacists.

“I was honoured to share the day with such an inspiring group of primary and secondary diabetes health care professionals from across Australia and New Zealand,” says pharmacist Tara Whelan from Priceline Pharmacy Woden, ACT.

“The panel of speakers consisted of leaders in diabetes care who shared the latest international insulin delivery recommendations.

“The event was a fantastic opportunity for pharmacists to learn the new injection technique recommendations, to join our colleagues in communicating and educating our communities and to have the opportunity to significantly improve health outcomes.”

FITTER was funded by BD and supported by leading independent diabetes organisations including the Australian Diabetes Educators Association, National Association of Diabetes Centres, Western Sydney Diabetes, and Perth Diabetes Care.

ANZ FITTER speakers (pictured above) included:  

  • Professor Glen Maberly, Senior Staff Specialist Endocrinologist, Western Sydney Diabetes Initiative;

  • Dr Brandon Orr-Walker, President of the NZ Society for the Study of Diabetes (NZSSD), Clinical Head of Endocrinology and Diabetes, Middlemore Hospital

  • Dr Helen Snell, Nurse Practitioner, MidCentral District Health Board

  • Ms Michelle Robins, Nurse Practitioner and Credentialled Diabetes Educator, Northern Health

  • Professor Paul Hofman, Paediatric Endocrinologist, Starship Children’s Hospital

  • Ms Teresa Di Franco, Pharmacist and Credentialled Diabetes Educator, Perth Diabetes Care

  • Dr Kean-Seng Lim, GP Principal, Mt Druitt Medical Centre

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