Diabetes Summit

South Auckland Diabetes Summit 2:

Turning diabetes data into better health

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Wednesday 19 August 2020

South Auckland Diabetes Summit 2:

Webinar agenda


  • Welcome - 6pm
    Dr John Baker (Diabetes Foundation Aotearoa) and
    Dr Matire Harwood (Papakura Marae)

  • More insights from the past, evidence for the future?
    Distinguished Professor David Simmons

  • Diabetic kidney disease in Aotearoa New Zealand
    Dr Janak de Zoysa

  • THE Diabetes Debate - what our politicians mean to do about diabetes
    featuring Hon. John Tamihere (Maori Party co-leader and candidate for Tamaki-Makaurau) Anahila Kanongata'a-Suisuiki (Labour Party list MP based in Papakura) Lourdes Vano (Green Party candidate, Manurewa) Mote Pahulu (New Conservative candidate, Manurewa, TBC (National).

  • Conclusion - 8:30pm

2020 Speaker biographies

Professor David Simmons

MA (Cantab) MB BS FRCP FRACP MD (Cantab)

David is Professor of Medicine, Macarthur Clinical School, Western Sydney University; Director, Endocrinology Department, Campbelltown Hospital; Director, South Western Sydney Diabetes, Obesity, Metabolism Translational Research Unit (DOMTRU); Professorial Fellow, University of Melbourne and Visiting Professor, University of Örebro, Sweden.

He is a previous President of the Australasian Diabetes In Pregnancy Society (ADIPS) and in 2020, the first New Zealander to be awarded the American Diabetes Association Norbert Freinkel award for his Diabetes in Pregnancy research. In 2011 he was awarded the Royal Australasian College of Physicians Priscilla Kincaid-Smith award for his work relating to diabetes in the community. He has led several trials/studies in diabetes in pregnancy, diabetes prevention, diabetes management and diabetes epidemiology. He has over 300 publications including the first book on Integrated Diabetes Care.

Dr Janak de Zoysa

BHB 1992 (Auckland); MB ChB 1995 (Auckland); MRCP 1999 (UK); FRACP 2002; FRCP 2012 (London); PostGradDip in Clinical Education 2013 (Auckland), FASN 2016

Janak de Zoysa is a graduate of the University of Auckland (1995) and is a Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians (2002), Royal college of Physicians of London (2012). He is a Nephrologist at Waitematā DHB and is an Honorary Associate Professor at the University of Auckland. His interests are in Vasculitis, Dialysis, and Medical Education.

He is married with four children, is a cricket (tragic) and plays club tennis.

2019 EVENT REVIEW

South Auckland Diabetes Summit: An urgent call to action

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In partnership with Counties Manukau Health and Royal College of General Practitioners, the South Auckland Diabetes Summit: An urgent call to action was run at Waipuna Conference Center in July 2019 for those with an interest in the care of individual with diabetes in Primary Care.

Professor David Simmons presented his preliminary findings from his analysis of 25 years of DCSS Audit data, and a panel of experts was facilitated by RNZ's Kim Hill.

2019 media reports