As always, a trip to the NZSSD (New Zealand Society for the Study of Diabetes) conference in May is a high point of our year. This year we were privileged to send three of our team to the Wellington event, Kate Smallman, Kanchana Perera and Karen Pickering. Thank you to Diabetes Foundation Aotearoa and NZSSD for funding towards this.
The NZSSD conference is always an excellent opportunity to catch up with the latest of what has been happening around New Zealand and overseas in terms of diabetes related research and what the different areas in health are doing. With the interruption of Covid-19 in recent years, we've missed out on the oh-so-important opportunity to meet up face to face with those from a range of work areas such as primary care, community, hospitals and universities. This normally helps bring together different backgrounds and expertise which benefits us all.
We were delighted to have three posters accepted. Congratulations to Kanchana for her poster 'Ethnic differences in Young Adults with Non-Insulin Treated Type Two Diabetes' gaining an award. The other posters were on our experience working with the Bariatric Youth Project (Kate) and the data collection component of a qualitative study on mature women who have a commitment to being physically active (Karen).
We would also like to acknowledge our Nurse Practitioner Kate Smallman as she steps down from her long held role on the Executive committee of the NZSSD. She has been working in this since 2008, representing the interests of nursing, community and diabetes and complication prevention. Her input has been very much appreciated over the years.
Finally, thanks to the NZSSD executive and Ali and team for another great conference.