|University Of Otago, Wellington
Esko Wiltshire is Associate Professor of Paediatrics at the University of Otago Wellington and a Paediatric Endocrinologist at Capital and Coast District Health Board (CCDHB), completing his fellowship and MD in Adelaide, Australia. His research interests include diabetes complications, particularly early markers for and development of vascular disease in children and adolescents with type 1 diabetes, hypoglycaemia treatment, and general paediatric endocrinology.
|Vice President||Elizabeth Davis
| Princes Margaret Hospital, Perth
Liz Davis is the clinical lead of the diabetes and obesity services at Princess Margaret Hospital, and co-directs the paediatric diabetes research program in Western Australia.
|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.
|Treasurer||Jerry Wales||Lady Cilento 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 LCCH with the merger of the Mater and Royal Brisbane Children’s Hospitals.
|Council Member||Fergus Cameron||Royal Children’s Hospital, Melbourne
Fergus Cameron is the Head of Diabetes research at the Murdoch Childrens Research Institute. Services, and a consultant at The Royal Children’s Hospital Melbourne. He has published widely in the medical and lay literature about matters regarding endocrine and diabetes management. His particular interests are the impacts of type 1 diabetes upon central nervous system development and psychosocial aspects of care. He is a past council member of the International Society for Paediatric and Adolescent Diabetes and is a participant in the Hvidoere Study Group on Childhood Diabetes. He is the immediate past president of the Australasian Paediatric Endocrine Group.
|Council Member||Bin Moore||The Children’s Hospital at Westmead, Sydney
Bin Moore is a Clinical Nurse Consultant in the Department of Endocrinology at the Westmead Campus of the Sydney Children’s Hospitals Network.
She completed her nursing training at The Royal Alexandra Hospital for Children and worked in a variety of positions before becoming the NUM of the endocrine investigation unit in 1979. In 1985 she became the Coordinator of the Robert Vines Growth Research Centre and is currently Coordinator of Growth and Endocrine Services in the Department of Endocrinology. She is a founding member of the Endocrine Nurses Society of Australasia (ENSA) and current Chair of the Education Committee.
Her main areas of interest are in the education of adolescents with endocrine conditions, and the development of patient education materials for families.
|Council Member||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.
|Council Member||Louise Conwell|| Louise Conwell is a Staff Specialist in Paediatric Endocrinology at the Lady Cilento 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.
To make contact with any of the APEG Council Members, please contact the secretariat.
PO Box 180 Morisset NSW 2264, Australia
Tel: +61 2 4973 6573
Fax: +61 2 4973 6609
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.
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|