The PCDSA has a board of passionate and committed group of 8 health professionals from diverse backgrounds that are committed to ensuring the mission of the PCDSA is met.
Dr Rajna Ogrin
Dr Ogrin initially trained as a clinical podiatrist, and has worked across the majority of health and aged care sectors: community health, acute hospital, home, private and residential aged care settings. Early in this role, she identified gaps in the delivery of evidence-based clinical practice, particularly in people with diabetes related foot complications.
Her PhD focused on improving wound healing and nerve function in older people and people with diabetes. Since then, she has broadened her field, working and researching in community based, person-centred interprofessional care incorporating co-design, to better facilitate translating evidence into practice, focusing on improving the holistic wellbeing of older people.
Ashley is a diabetes advocate, accredited practicing dietitian and lecturer at La Trobe University. Diagnosed when she was 19 years old, her diabetes advocacy began with a blog to share her experiences called Bittersweet Diagnosis. To date, her volunteerism has spanned across the International Diabetes Federation, Diabetes Australia, Diabetes Victoria and Diabetes Camps Victoria.
In 2018, Ashley completed her PhD focusing on mHealth use in diabetes education in young adults with diabetes during life transitions. Through her own lived experiences with the healthcare system and research, she has developed a passion in digital health and chronic disease management and education.
Dr Gary Kilov
Clinical Associate professor Gary Kilov (University of Melbourne) is a founding member of both the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP) Diabetes specific interest group and the primary care diabetes society of Australia (PCDSA). He is a contributor to the RACGP diabetes handbook (2012-21).
He is the past editor in chief of the PCDSA journal. He is a member of several NDSS (National Diabetes Supply Scheme) expert reference groups and a member of the expert reference group for the second edition of The McKellar Guidelines for Managing Diabetes in Older People with Diabetes in Residential and Other Care Settings.
Associate Professor Kilov shares his time between Launceston treating the full spectrum of patients with diabetes and obesity related conditions and providing peer to peer and medical undergraduate education on diabetes and related conditions, both within Australia and internationally. He is widely published in peer reviewed journals on topics covering diabetes, obesity and respiratory medicine.
Nicole is an Accredited Exercise Physiologist with a special interest metabolic conditions. She is the Founder and Chief Vision Officer at Exercise for Rehabilitation & Health, Essendon Physio Group and the Melbourne Vestibular Clinic all located in Victoria.
A passionate advocate for community health, Nicole is a sought after public speaker and media commentator on health, exercise and chronic disease prevention. She invests her time into the community as a presenter, writer and advisor for a number of health organisations, particularly Diabetes Victoria.
She is a committee member of Parents Voice and Ambassador for the Girls Uniform Agenda. She is former postgraduate lecturer and current member of the Victoria University Clinical Exercise Science and Rehabilitation program advisory committee.
In 2020, Nicole was recognised for her advocacy work and contributions to the Diabetes Community receiving the ESSA female leaders in Exercise and Sports Science Award.
Dr Ralph Audehm
Honorary Clinical Associate Professor - University of Melbourne
Associate Professor Audehm is a general practitioner who has worked for over 30 years in general practice and is experienced in managing all types of patients.
A/Prof Audehm graduated from Melbourne University in 1984 and obtained a Diploma from the Royal Australian College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists in 1987. He gained a Graduate Certificate in Clinical Research in 2005. In 2004 he was made an Honorary Research Fellow of the University of Melbourne and became an Honorary Clinical Associate Professor in 2014.
A/Prof Audehm has had a long-standing interest in the management of chronic conditions in General Practice, and has instigated and supported many initiatives to systematically improve health outcomes for people with diabetes and heart disease.
He has had a long association with the University of Melbourne in delivering programs upskilling GPs in detection and management of domestic violence.
A/Prof Audehm has close links to the Department of General Practice, University of Melbourne, and participates in research and teaching of medical students, GP registrars and General Practitioners.
Ivan has been working at Diabetes Victoria for the past 12 years, as well as at EACH, an urban community health service in Melbourne’s outer east as a community dietitian for the past 18 years. He relishes working collaboratively with other health professionals to deliver holistic care, and with people from all walks of life who live with diabetes and juggle different, and often complex needs.
Ivan especially loves to work with people who use insulin or diabetes medications. While there is a definite place for lifestyle intervention, he recognises that there is also a place where medications come in, and how various diabetes medications can best complement and support the lifestyle of the person living with diabetes.
As a DAFNE-trained Accredited Practising Dietitian who runs carbohydrate counting workshops for adults with type 1 diabetes as well as provides various training for health professionals, Ivan is also interested in making technology more accessible for all people living with diabetes.
Traci is a Nurse Practitioner specialising in diabetes management in primary care with a background of 30 years experience as a registered nurse. She has a Clinical Masters in paediatrics, working with young people and their families who are living with type 1 diabetes.
Her main areas of interest centre around technologies used for management of diabetes, particularly type 1. She was the Youth Program Coordinator for Diabetes Tasmania for some years, facilitating camps for young people with type 1 diabetes, and chair of the Diabetes Friendly Schools Steering Committee in Tasmania. Traci shares her time between clinics for people with type 2 diabetes and private practice which is predominantly focused on people with type 1 diabetes using insulin pumps and continuous glucose monitors.
Viktoria is a community pharmacist who is passionate about empowering people to achieve optimal health and well-being outcomes. She has a special interest in diabetes and has attained a Graduate Certificate of Diabetes Education to improve her skills in supporting people living with diabetes.
Viktoria also enjoys teaching and mentoring the next generation of pharmacists. She has acted as a preceptor to intern pharmacists and is a sessional teaching associate for the Monash University Intern Training Program.
Become a member of the PCDSA
This is the website of the Primary Care Diabetes Society of Australia (PCDSA), a not-for-profit organisation that aims to support primary care health professionals to deliver high-quality clinically effective care, in order to improve the lives of people living with diabetes.