Photo Acknowledgement: Patricia Crock



Helen Woodhead


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.

Vice President Jan Fairchild



Dr Jan Fairchild is a Staff Specialist in Paediatric Endocrinology and Diabetes and Clinical Lead in Diabetes at The Women’s and Children’s Hospital in Adelaide, South Australia. Her clinical research interests are in the field of type 1 diabetes and its management.

She has been a member of the Australasian Paediatric Endocrine Group (APEG) since 1995, acting as Secretary of APEG Council in 2001-2003. She served on the APEG Growth Hormone Advisory Committee as a member from 2003 – 2009 and as Chair from 2010 -2011, lobbying the Health Department during that time for changes to the Growth Hormone Guidelines. She has subsequently represented APEG as a member of the joint ESA/APEG working group which has recently been successful in obtaining PBAC recommendation for the subsidisation of growth hormone for adults with severe growth hormone deficiency. She has been a member of the APEG Diabetes Subcommittee since 2015 and Chair of this Committee since 2017.

Secretary  Louise Conwell


Louise Conwell is a Staff Specialist in Paediatric Endocrinology at the Queensland Children’s Hospital, Brisbane (Children’s Health Queensland) and Associate Professor, Faculty of Medicine, University of Queensland, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia.

Louise is a graduate of the University of Queensland and trained in paediatrics in Brisbane. After training in paediatric endocrinology and diabetes at the Royal Children’s Hospital in Brisbane, she completed a PhD (University of Queensland) in the field of insulin resistance and cardiovascular risk in obese children and adolescents. After undertaking a post-specialty Clinical Fellowship at the Division of Endocrinology, The Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto, Canada she returned to Queensland in 2007.

Louise’s interests include congenital hyperinsulinism, disorders of sexual development, endocrine oncology and aftercare including paediatric thyroid nodules / cancer, diabetes, evidence based medicine, and medical education. In 2017, she completed a Graduate Certificate in Medical Education, University of Dundee, Scotland.

Louise has served on the APEG Diabetes and Scientific Organising Subcommittees. Louise was a convenor of the APEG Fellows Meeting from 2008-2011. She is currently representing APEG as

a member of the DSD/CAH Subcommittee and as a member of an international working group to development Congenital Hyperinsulinism Guidelines.
Louise enjoys reading, travel, photography and playing the violin in the Queensland Medical Orchestra.

Treasurer Jerry Wales

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Queensland Children’s Hospital, Brisbane

Prof Jerry Wales trained at Oxford University and spent most of his professional life running a large endocrinology & diabetes department in Sheffield, England. He has published many research articles and textbooks and has been chairman of the British Society for Paediatric Endocrinology & Diabetes. He chaired the UK NICE review of Diabetes management from 2012-5.  After a sabbatical in Adolescent Medicine at Melbourne for a year in 2002-3 he came back to Australia in 2014 having been recruited to run the new department at the QCH with the merger of the Mater and Royal Brisbane Children’s Hospitals.

Council Member Craig Jefferies

Craig is a Paediatric Endocrinologist based at the Starship Children’s Hospital, Auckland NZ since 2005. The majority of this Paediatric training in Auckland and the Department of Paediatrics, before completing a fellowship in Paediatric Endocrinology at the Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto, Canada. He has been lead clinician of the service and has been in council roles in APEG previously, as well as on numerous committees in diabetes and endocrinology in NZ.
His current roles include: inpatient and outpatient care for Endocrinology and Diabetes at the Starship, as well as visiting outreach clinics in the North Island, New Zealand. His research interests include Type 1 Diabetes, insulin pump therapy, continuous and FLASH glucose monitoring and acute kidney injury.
He is an associate Professor (Hon) at the Liggins institute, University of Auckland
QUALIFICATIONS: BHB, MBCHB (Auckland), Dip Paeds, FRACP, MD, Post Grad Dip Business, Assoc/Prof (Hon) University of Auckland.
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

Peter Simm

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.
Away from work, Peter enjoys time with his family, especially outdoor/sporting activities with his sons, as well as music (most genres) and middle-distance running.

Council Member Carmel Smart 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.

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

President Secretary Treasurer
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