Louise Conwell is a Senior Staff Specialist (Eminent) in Paediatric Endocrinology at the Queensland Children’s Hospital, Brisbane (Children’s Health Queensland) and Associate Professor, Head of Children’s Health Queensland Clinical Unit, School of Clinical Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, University of Queensland.
Peter Simm is a Paediatric Endocrinologist, who is based at the Royal Children’s Hospital, Melbourne. He completed his Fellowship at RCH, including a Doctor of Medicine degree in growth plate regulation, and then undertook post-Fellowship training at Children’s Hospital, Westmead, Sydney, in Bone and Mineral medicine under Prof Craig Munns. Since returning to RCH in 2010, he has set up a multidisciplinary bone health clinic at RCH and continues to lead the Bone and Mineral clinical/densitometry service. He is involved in all aspects of Paediatric Endocrine clinical care including diabetes, growth and pubertal disorders. His research is focused on bone health in young people, with particular areas of interest including population bone health studies and the role of body composition/activity, bone health in epilepsy, and outcomes of paediatric bone health care.
In addition to his clinical and research interests, Peter has been chair of the Medical Staff Association at RCH, as well as a former Council member of the Asia Pacific Paediatric Endocrine Society. He has had been a former member of both the APEG grants committee and the Fellows’ school committee, and since 2014 has been the secretary of the APEG Bone and Mineral Working Group.
Dr Carmel Smart is a Specialist Endocrinology Dietician at the John Hunter Children’s Hospital, Newcastle, NSW, Australia. She was awarded a Clinical Research Fellowship by Hunter New England Health and is a conjoint senior lecturer at the University of Newcastle. Carmel has led national and international clinical practice guidelines in the dietary management of diabetes and is the only Australian representative on the International Preschool guidelines in diabetes (2017) and the new Ramadan guidelines for paediatric diabetes. She has served on the Organising Committee for the American Diabetes Association (ADA) Scientific Sessions and is an author of the ADA Medical Nutrition Therapy Handbook. Her commitment to the translation of research into clinical practice has seen her regularly an invited plenary speaker across Australia and internationally to front-line clinicians. She is an invited member of the expert faculty of the Arabic Society Paediatric Endocrinology Diabetes academy. Carmel’s primary research interests are in the effect of macronutrients on postprandial glycaemia and developing an effective dosing strategy for these. She loves bush walking with her husband and three sons in remote areas with no internet access.
|Council Member||Jenny Harrington
Jenny Harrington is a Pediatric Endocrinologist at the Adelaide Women’s and Children’s Hospital. She undertook her Pediatric Endocrinology Fellowship training in Adelaide, during which her she completed a PhD which focused on the monitoring of vascular health in children at risk for accelerated atherosclerosis. Following this, she completed an additional clinical Pediatric Endocrinology Fellowship at the Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto, Canada, joining the faculty as a Staff Pediatric Endocrinologist in 2015. Her clinical and research interests include the management of children with disorders of calcium homeostasis and bone fragility, hyperinsulinism as well as quality improvement. She returned to Adelaide in 2021 and is the Clinical Lead in Endocrinology in the Department.
Jenny is a member of the APEG Training Committee, Bone and Mineral Working Group and Grants Committee.
Outside of work Jenny is kept busy keeping up with her young son and spending lots of time in the outdoors.
|Council Member||Tony Huynh||Dr Tony Huynh is the Director of Endocrinology & Diabetes at the Queensland Children’s Hospital, Chemical Pathologist at Mater Pathology in Brisbane, and Associate Professor in the School of Clinical Medicine within the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Queensland. He completed his PhD at the Children’s National Hospital in Washington DC investigating glucocorticoid receptor signalling in dystrophic muscle. He is co-chair of the APEG Laboratory & Newborn Screening Subcommittee. His interests include neonatal endocrinology, T1D immunity, and laboratory medicine.|
|Council Member||Aris Siafarikas||
Dr Aris Siafarikas is Consultant Paediatric Endocrinologist at Perth Children’s Hospital, WA. He holds appointments at the University of Western Australia, the Health Research Institute at the University of Notre Dame, the Exercise Medicine Research Institute, Edith Cowan University, and the Telethon Kids Institute, WA. He completed his specialist training in Berlin, Germany, before coming to Australia. Aris is a founding member and the clinical lead of the Western Australian Bone Research Collaboration (WABRC), which explores bone health and disease over the life span in a cross-institutional and multi-disciplinary environment with academics and clinicians. His current research is focusing on ways to identify children and adolescents at risk of osteoporosis and on the prevention of osteoporosis.
Aris has been a member of the Growth Hormone Advisory Committee and APEG grant committee and also participates in the APEG committee for Child and Adolescent Growth and the APEG Bone and Mineral Working Group.
|Council Member||Ben Wheeler||
Dr Ben Wheeler MBCHB, DCH, CCE, FRACP, PhD is a Paediatric Endocrinologist and Associate Professor working with the Southern District Health board and University of Otago. He is current head of child health at the Dunedin School of Medicine. He is a graduate of the University of Otago and did his endocrinology training in New Zealand and also the Children’s Hospital at Westmead, Sydney. He provides clinical paediatric endocrinology care spanning the lower half of the South Island of New Zealand. He has special interests in advanced diabetes technology and bone health in children. Current research is primarily focused on closed loop therapy in type 1 diabetes, as well as various applications of continuous glucose monitoring. This research is very collaborative with co-investigators and participants based out of all major (and sometimes not so major) New Zealand sites. In addition to APEG council he is an active council member of APPES, and a past convenor of the APEG fellows school (4 year term). He is also a member of the APEG Bone and Mineral Working Group. Away from work, Ben enjoys time with his family, including a variety of outdoor/sporting activities, travel (when possible!), and reading.
Sydney Children’s Hospital, NSW
Helen has trained and worked as a Paediatric Endocrinologist for over 25 years. She completed her medical and general paediatrics training in Perth, during which time she developed Type 1 diabetes, which focussed her interest on Paediatric Endocrine training. Initially she moved to Dublin, Ireland where she participated in Diabetes and Endocrine clinics across Dublin, whilst being a Lecturer in paediatrics at University College Dublin. Subsequently she moved to Sydney, completing her PhD in children’s bone and exercise, while doing her advanced training in Endocrinology at Children’s Hospital at Westmead. Since 2004 she has worked as a Paediatric Endocrinologist at Sydney Children’s Hospital, Randwick (where she continues 2 days/week) and Campbelltown Hospital in Sydney’s South West. In 2014, she commenced work at Royal North Shore Hospital, 2 days/week.
Particular clinical, advocacy and research areas of interest include Diabetes Transition, Diabetes and Schools, Continuous Glucose Monitoring and Monogenic Diabetes, as well as Bone and Mineral Diseases of Childhood, especially those related to chronic diseases as well as obesity and insulin resistance. Helen has been a council member for APEG for approximately 3 years, is the Chair of the APEG Diabetes Subcommittee, is a member of the APEG Research Grants Committee and the Bone and Mineral Working Group.
When not at work, Helen enjoys cooking, reading, walking her Cavoodle puppy and spoiling her rather put out cat! She is the parent of 2 teenagers.
To make contact with any of the APEG Council Members, please contact the secretariat.
PO Box 3049 Bonnells Bay NSW 2264, Australia
Tel: +61 2 4973 6573
Applying to be on council
The APEG Council is open to nominations from any APEG member, every 2 years. The nominations are open before the Annual Scientific Meeting in the year of election, and this is announced through the APEG monthly email update, plus the newsletter.
A nomination form can be found HERE.
The voting is conducted during the AGM held at the conference.
Councils are elected at the Annual Scientific Meeting in ‘odd number’ years, and run for 2 years.
Being a Council Member
As a council member of APEG, you are asked to be part of 1 hour telephone hook up each month where issues surrounding APEG are discussed. This meeting is usually held on the last Thursday of the month at 3.00pm (AEST or AEDST). In addition to the monthly meetings you will be asked to attend a 2 day, face to face meeting, normally held in Sydney in February-March each year. You are also often part of one of the many subcommittees that support the work of the council.
Past APEG Office Bearers
|1982 – 1984||Bob Vines||Martin Silink|
|1984 – 1986||Gabriel Antony||Chris Cowell|
|1986 – 1988||Martin Silink||Chris Cowell||George Werther|
|1988 – 1991||George Werther||Garry Warne||Mike Thomsett|
|1991 – 1993||Chris Cowell||Mike Thomsett||Jim Penfold|
|1993 – 1995||Mike Thomsett||Geoff Byrne||Jenny Couper|
|1995 – 1997||Geoff Byrne||Jenny Batch||Christine Rodda|
|1997 – 1999||Jenny Batch||Jenny Couper||Christine Rodda|
|1999 – 2001||Christine Rodda||Charles Verge||Kim Donaghue|
|2001 – 2003||Kim Donaghue||Jan Fairchild||Charles Verge|
|2003 – 2005||Patricia Crock||Catherine Choong||Maria Craig|
|2005 – 2007||Catherine Choong||Paul Hofman||Maria Craig|
|2007 – 2009||Maria Craig||Andrew Cotterill||Paul Hofman|
|2009 – 2011||Andrew Cotterill||Craig Jefferies||Paul Hofman|
|2011 – 2013||Paul Hofman||Elizabeth Davis||Craig Jefferies|
|2013 – 2015||Fergus Cameron||Alexia Peña||Craig Jefferies|
|2015 – 2017||Elizabeth Davis||Alexia Peña||Esko Wiltshire|
|2017 – 2019||Esko Wiltshire||Helen Woodhead||Jerry Wales|
|2019-2021||Helen Woodhead||Louise Conwell||Jerry Wales|
|2021-2023||Louise Conwell||Peter Simm||Carmel Smart|