Endocrinologists Providing a High Level of Expertise

Victorian Diabetes and Endocrine Network

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Dr Kati Matthiesson - MBBS PhD FRACP ABIM (USA)

Locations: Frankston and Malvern

Usual sessions: Mon AM & PM (Malvern)

                          Tue AM, Wed PM, Thu PM, Fri AM (Frankston)

Director, VDEN

Dr Kati Matthiesson graduated from the University of Melbourne in 1990 and undertook her basic training at St Vincent's Hospital in Melbourne and St Vincent's Medial Centre in Bridgeport, Connecticut, USA.

On her return to Australia in 1998, she completed her training in Endocrinology at Monash Medical Centre including a PhD at Monash University and the University of Washington, Seattle in 2006. Her research focused on the hormonal regulation of spermatogenesis and the implications for male fertility.

She now holds a consultant appointment Monash Health and was Head of Endocrinology at Peninsula Health from 2014-2016.

Outside of work, Dr Matthiesson likes to spend time with family and friends. She is a keen horse-riding enthusiast and has competed in amateur riding competitions around Australia.

Her current clinical interests include general endocrinology and diabetes and in particular pituitary disease, polycystic ovarian syndrome and obesity management.

Dr Matthiesson together with A/Professor Allan is a Director of the Victorian Diabetes Endocrine Network.


McCabe MJ, Tarulli GA, Laven-Law G, Matthiesson KL, Meachem SJ, McLachlan RI, Dinger ME and Stanton PG. Gonadotropin suppression in men leads to a reduction in claudin-11 at the Sertoli cell tight junction. 2016 Hum Reprod. Feb : 31(4):875-886.

Allan CA, Collins VR, Frydenberg M, McLachlan RI, Matthiesson KL. Androgen Deprivation Therapy Complications. 2013 Endocrine Related Cancer Aug: 21(4):T119-29

Allan CA, Collins VR, Frydenberg M, McLachlan RI, Matthiesson KL. Monitoring cardiovascular health in men with prostate cancer treated with Androgen Deprivation Therapy. International Journal of Urological Nursing 2012 Mar: 6(1):35-41

Ruwanpura SM, McLachlan RI, Matthiesson KL, Meachem SJ. Gonadotrophins regulate germ cell survival, not proliferation, in normal adult men. Hum Reprod. 2008 Feb;23(2):403-11.

Matthiesson KL, McLachlan RI, O'Donnell L, Frydenberg M, Robertson DM, Stanton PG, Meachem SJ. The relative roles of FSH and LH in maintaining spermatogonial maturation and spermiation in normal men. J Clin Endocrinol Metab. 2006 Oct;91(10):3962-9. Epub 2006 Aug 8.

Matthiesson KL, McLachlan RI. Male hormonal contraception: concept proven, product in sight? Hum Reprod Update. Hum Reprod Update. 2006 Jul-Aug;12(4):463-82. Epub 2006 Apr 5. (Translated into Japanese with Figure used as Front Cover Art)

Bay K, Matthiesson KL, McLachlan RI, Andersson AM. The effects of gonadotropin suppression and selective replacement on insulin-like factor 3 secretion in normal adult men. J Clin Endocrinol Metab. 2006 Mar;91(3):1108-11. Epub 2006 Jan 4.

Matthiesson KL, Stanton PG, O'Donnell L, Meachem SJ, Amory JK, Berger R, Bremner WJ, McLachlan RI. Effects of testosterone and levonorgestrel combined with a 5alpha-reductase inhibitor or gonadotropin-releasing hormone antagonist on spermatogenesis and intratesticular steroid levels in normal men. J Clin Endocrinol Metab. 2005 Oct;90(10):5647-55. Epub 2005 Jul 19.

Matthiesson KL, Amory JK, Berger R, Ugoni A, McLachlan RI, Bremner WJ. Novel male hormonal contraceptive combinations: the hormonal and spermatogenic effects of testosterone and levonorgestrel combined with a 5alpha-reductase inhibitor or gonadotropin-releasing hormone antagonist. J Clin Endocrinol Metab. 2005 Jan;90(1):91-7. Epub 2004 Oct 27.

Matthiesson KL, Robertson DM, Burger HG, McLachlan RI. Response of serum inhibin B and pro-alphaC levels to gonadotrophic stimulation in normal men before and after steroidal contraceptive treatment. Hum Reprod. 2003 Apr;18(4):734-43.

Holley JL, Bia MJ, Matthiesson K, Culleton BF, Harnett JD, Bennett WM. What is the best approach to asymptomatic coronary artery disease in dialysis patients seeking transplantation? Sem Dial. 1995;8:204-211.

Professional Memberships

  • Royal Australasian College of Physicians
  • Endocrine Society of Australia
  • Fertility Society of Australia
  • Endocrine Society (US)
Director, VDEN

Associate Professor Carolyn Allan - MBBS(Hons) PhD FRACP DRCOG (UK)

Locations: Malvern and Brighton

Usual sessions: Mon AM, Tue AM, Wed AM & PM, Fri AM (Malvern)

                          Thu AM (Brighton)

Associate Professor Carolyn Allan graduated in medicine from Monash University with honours and undertook advanced training in endocrinology at Prince Henry's Hospital/Monash Medical Centre and at St Bartholomew's Hospital in London. Whilst in the UK she completed a diploma in Obstetrics and Gynaecology. After returning to Australia in 1999 she completed a PhD in Andrology at Prince Henry's Institute (now the Hudson Institute of Medical Research). Her work has been recognised with numerous research awards and she has written chapters, reviews and editorials in leading texts and journals on the topic of testosterone disorders.

Since 2001 A/Prof Allan has been a member of Senior Medical Staff in the Departments of Endocrinology and Diabetes at Monash Health. She is the inaugural Head of the Endocrine Pregnancy Service and was previously Head of the Diabetes Pregnancy Service.

She is an Adjunct Clinical Associate Professor in the Department of Obstetrics & Gynaecology, Monash University, and at the Hudson Institute where she is the Clinical Lead in the Andrology Service.

Outside of medicine, she enjoys spending time with her husband, daughter, son and 2 dogs and is a keen soccer mum.

A/Prof Allan's practice includes diabetes and general and reproductive (male and female) endocrinology.

A/Prof Allan together with Dr Matthiesson is a Director of the Victorian Diabetes Endocrine Network.


Yeap BB, Grossmann M, McLachlan RI, Handelsman DJ, Wittert GA, Conway AJ, Stuckey BG, Lording DW, Allan CA, Zajac JD, Burger HG. Endocrine Society of Australia position statement on male hypogonadism (part 1): assessment and indications for testosterone therapy. Med J Aust. Aug 15;205(4):173-8 (2016)

Yeap BB, Grossmann M, McLachlan RI, Handelsman DJ, Wittert GA, Conway AJ, Stuckey BG, Lording DW, Allan CA, Zajac JD, Burger HG. Endocrine Society of Australia position statement on male hypogonadism (part 2): treatment and therapeutic considerations. Med J Aust. Sep 5;205(5):228-31 (2016)

Hatsell BL, Allan CA, Teng J, Wong P, Ebeling PR, Wallace EM, Fuller PJ, Milat F. Management of hypoparathyroidism in pregnancy and lactation - A report of 10 cases. Bone Reports. Volume 3, December, Pages 15-19 (2015)

Allan CA, Collins VR, Frydenberg M, McLachlan RI, Matthiesson KL. Androgen Deprivation Therapy Complications. Endocr Relat Cancer. Aug;21(4):T119-T129 (2014)

Stewart ZA, Wallace EM, Allan CA. Patterns of weight gain in pregnant women with and without gestational diabetes mellitus: an observational study. Aust N Z J Obstet Gynaecol 52(5):433-9 (2012).

Allan CA, Strauss BJG, Burger HG, Forbes EA, McLachlan RI. Testosterone Therapy Prevents Gain in Visceral Adipose Tissue and Loss of Skeletal Muscle in Non-Obese Aging Men. J Clin Endocrinol Metab Jan;93(1):139-146 (2008).

Yeap BB, Alfonso H, Chubb SA, Byrnes E, Beilby JP, Ebeling PR, Allan CA, Schultz C, Hankey GJ, Golledge J, Flicker L, Norman PE. Proportion of undercarboxylated osteocalcin and serum P1NP predict incidence of myocardial infarction in older men. J Clin Endocrinol Metab. 2015. 100(10) 3934-3942

Allan CA. Sex Steroids and Glucose Metabolism. Asian J Androl. Mar-Apr;16(2):232-8. (2014).

Milat F, Goh S, Gani LU, Suriadi C, Gillespie MT, Fuller PJ, Teede HJ, Strickland AH, Allan CA. Prolonged Hypocalcemia following Denosumab Therapy in Metastatic Hormone Refractory Prostate Cancer. Bone Aug;55(2):305-8 (2013).

Sartorius G, Spasevska S, Idan A, Turner L, Forbes E, Zamojska A, Allan CA, Ly LP, Conway AJ, McLachlan RI, Handelsman DJ. Serum Testosterone, Dihydrotestosterone and Estradiol Do Not Decrease with Ageing Among Men Reporting Very Good Health: The Healthy Man Study. Clin Endocrinol (Oxf). 77(5):755-763 (2012). doi: 10.1111/j.1365-2265.2012.04432.x. Epub 2012 May 7.
Allan CA, Peverill RE, Strauss BJG, Forbes EA, McLachlan RI.
Waist-to-height ratio as a predictor of serum testosterone in ageing men with symptoms of androgen deficiency. Asian J Androl. 13(3):424-431 (2011). Epub 2011 Apr 11. (IF:1.549)

Allan CA, Strauss BJG, Forbes EA, Paul E, McLachlan RI. Variability in Total Testosterone Levels in Ageing Men with Symptoms of Androgen Deficiency. International Journal of Andrology 34(3):212-216 (2011). Epub 2010 May 19. (IF:3.601)

Professional Memberships

  • Endocrine Society of Australia
  • Endocrine Society (US)
  • Society for Endocrinology (UK)
  • Women in Endocrinology (US)
  • ANZ Bone and Mineral Society
  • Australian Diabetes Society
  • Australian Medical Association
  • Australasian Diabetes in Pregnancy Society
  • Australasian Menopause Society
  • Royal Australasian College of Physicians

Professor Susan Davis - MBBS FRACP PhD FAHMS

Locations: Malvern

Usual sessions: FRI AM & PM (Malvern)

Member, VDEN

Professor Susan Davis, is an NHMRC Principal Research Fellow and Director of the Women's Health Research Program in the School of Public Health and Preventive Medicine at Monash University, Melbourne. She has over 25 years of experience in women's health research, primarily undertaking studies to progress the understanding of the roles of oestrogens and androgens in non-reproductive health including: breast cancer, cardiovascular function, obesity, cognitive function, mood, sexual function and musculoskeletal health.

Prof Davis is a Consultant Endocrinologist at Cabrini Medical Centre and the Alfred Hospital, Melbourne where she is Head, Specialist Women's Health Clinic for women with complex disease.

She is President of the International Menopause Society and a past President of the Australasian Menopause Society.

She has over 330 peer-reviewed publications and has been the recipient of a number of international research awards.

Prof Davis's specific areas of clinical expertise include menstrual disorders (such as polycystic ovarian syndrome and menstrual irregularity), menopause (including early menopause) and management of menopausal symptoms, osteoporosis and androgen (testosterone) excess and insufficiency.

She cares for women experiencing hormonal issues after treatment for cancer, particularly breast and gynaecological cancer, after organ and bone marrow transplant and women with connective tissue diseases (such as rheumatoid arthritis and lupus) treated with steroid therapy.


Davies C, Pan H, Godwin J, Gray R, Arriagada R, Raina V, Abraham M, Alencar VH, Badran A, Bonfill X, Bradbury J, Clarke M, Collins R, Davis SR, et al. For the Adjuvant Tamoxifen: Longer Against Shorter (ATLAS) Collaborative Group. Long term effects of continuing tamoxifen to 10 years versus stopping at 5 years after diagnosis of oestrogen receptor-positive breast cancer: ATLAS The Lancet 2013:381:805-816 Highly cited hot paper web of science.

De Villiers TJ, Pines A, Panay N, Gambacciani M, Archer DF, Baber RJ, Davis SR, Gompel AA, Henderson VW, Langer R, Lobo RA, Plu-Bureau G, Sturdee DW. International Menopause Society. Updated International Menopause Society recommendations on menopausal hormone therapy and preventive strategies for midlife health. Climacteric 2013;16(3) 316-3 Web of Science Highly Cited paper

Davis SR , Jane F, Robinson PJ, Davison SL, Worsley R*, Maruff P, Bell RJ. Transdermal Testosterone Improves Verbal Learning and Memory in Postmenopausal Women Not on Estrogen therapy. Clin Endocrinol 2014 Oct;81(4):621-8

Jane F, Davis SR. A Practitioner's Toolkit for Managing the Menopause Climacteric. 2014 Jul 6:1-16.

Robinson PJ, Bell RJ, Davis SR. Obesity is associated with a poorer prognosis in women with hormone receptor positive breast cancer Maturitas. 2014 79(3) 279-286.

Worsley R*, Jane F, Robinson RJ, Bell RJ, Davis SR. Metformin for the management of insulin resistance in overweight women at midlife: a double blind, randomised controlled trial Climacteric. 2015 Apr;18(2):270-7.

Stuenkel CA, Davis SR, Gompel A, Lumsden MA, Murad MH, Pinkerton JV, Santen JS. Treatment of Symptoms of the Menopause: An Endocrine Society Clinical Practice Guideline J Clin Endocrinol Metab 2015;100: 3975-4011

Gartoulla P*, Worsley R*, Bell RJ, Davis SR. Moderate-severe vasomotor and sexual symptoms remain problematic for 60-65 year old women. Menopause. 2015 Jul;22(7):694-701

Zeleke B*, Bell RJ, Billah B, Davis SR. Vasomotor and Sexual Symptoms in Older Australian Women: a Cross-Sectional Study Fertil Steril 2016 105(1): 149-155

Davis SR, Worsley R*, Miller KK, Parish SJ, Santoro N. Androgens and female sexual function and dysfunction- findings from the 4th International Consultation of Sexual Medicine. J Sex Med,2016;13 (2): 168-178


*Prof Davis's PhD student

Professional Memberships

  • International Menopause Society
  • Endocrine Society (US)
  • ANZ Bone and Mineral Society
  • Australasian Menopause Society
  • Endocrine Society of Australia
  • Australian Medical Association
  • Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians
  • North American Menopause Society
  • Fellow of the Australian Academy of Health and Medical Sciences
Member, VDEN

Dr Kavita Kumareswaran - MBChB PhD (Cambridge) FRACP

Locations: Malvern

Usual sessions: Tue AM (Malvern)

Dr Kavita Kumareswaran graduated in medicine from the University of Auckland in 2001. She undertook physician training with advanced specialisation in endocrinology, in New Zealand and the UK, obtaining her FRACP in 2012.

Whilst in the UK, she completed a PhD at the University of Cambridge in 2012. Her research focussed on evaluating a closed loop system of insulin delivery in patients with type 1 diabetes. Also known as an 'artificial pancreas', this system combines real-time continuous glucose monitoring with subcutaneous insulin delivery via a pump in an automated manner to optimise diabetes control.

Dr Kumareswaran has published in several peer-reviewed journals and presented at numerous meetings, including oral presentations at EASD Stockholm and ADA Orlando in 2010. She received the JDRF Gold Award at the Diabetes Technology Meeting Bethesda and the Eli Lilly Award at Diabetes UK Glasgow in 2010.

Since moving to Melbourne, she holds a consultant post at Alfred Health, where she initiated and runs the insulin pump clinic. She is also Head of the Diabetes Foot Service at Western Health. She holds an Adjunct Lecturer post with Monash University, and is involved with ongoing clinical research into the artificial pancreas.

She consults at Cabrini Health in Malvern and at the Baker IDI Heart and Diabetes Institute in Prahran. Her clinical practice includes general endocrinology and diabetes, with a special interest in type 1 diabetes, insulin pumps and continuous glucose sensors.

Outside of work, she enjoys going to the gym, travelling overseas, and spending time with friends and family.


Dick M, Kumareswaran K, et al. Persistent syndrome of inappropriate antidiuretic hormone secretion following traumatic brain injury. Endocrinol Diabetes Metab Case Rep. 2015

Thabit H, Kumareswaran K, et al. Home use of closed-loop insulin delivery for overnight glucose control in adults with type 1 diabetes: a 4-week, multicentre, randomised crossover study. Lancet Diabetes Endocrinol 2014

Thabit H, Kumareswaran K, et al. Glucose turnover after replacement of usual therapy by insulin in insulin-naive type 2 diabetes subjects. J Clin Endocrinol Metab 2014

Kumareswaran K, Thabit H, et al. Feasibility of closed-loop insulin delivery in type 2 diabetes: a randomised controlled study Diabetes Care 2014

Kumareswaran K, Elleri D et al. Accuracy of continuous glucose monitoring during exercise in type 1 diabetes pregnancy. Diabetes Technology & Therapeutics 2013

Kumareswaran K, Elleri D et al. Physical activity energy expenditure and glucose control in pregnant women with type 1 diabetes: Is 30 minutes of exercise daily enough Diabetes Care 2013

Hovorka R, Kumareswaran K et al. Overnight closed-loop insulin delivery (artificial pancreas) in adults with type 1 diabetes: crossover randomised controlled studies. British Medical Journal 2011

Kumareswaran K, Evans M, Hovorka R. Closed-loop insulin delivery: towards improved diabetes care. Discovery Medicine 2012

Kumareswaran K, Elleri D et al. Meta-analysis of overnight closed-loop randomised studies in children and adults with type 1 diabetes: the Cambridge cohort. Journal of Diabetes Science and Technology 2011

Kumareswaran K, Evans M, Hovorka R. Artificial Pancreas: an emerging approach to treat type 1 diabetes. Expert Review of Medical Devices 2009

Professional Memberships

  • Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Authority
  • Australian Diabetes Society
  • Endocrine Society of Australia
  • Royal Australasian College of Physicians

Dr Sonia Davison - MBBS FRACP PhD

Locations: Malvern

Usual sessions: Tue PM, Thu AM (Malvern)

Associate, VDEN

Dr Sonia Davison graduated from the University of Melbourne in 1994 and undertook her basic training at The Royal Melbourne Hospital. She completed her Endocrinology training in 2002 and her PhD in 2006 at Monash University exploring the relationship between androgens and age, menopause, wellbeing and sexual function in women. 

Dr Davison has an adjunct appointment at the Women's Health Research Program at Monash University, and has a keen interest in women's health. Her role as a Clinical Fellow at Jean Hailes for Women's Health involves education about women's health through a variety of media, to medical professionals and the community.

Outside of work, Dr Davison enjoys the company of her family including her dog. She is a keen gardener and loves attending musical theatre.

Dr Davison's current clinical interests include the management of women's health issues including perimenopause and menopause, polycystic ovary syndrome, osteoporosis, in addition to some general endocrinology.


Davison S, Davis SR. New Markers for Cardiovascular Disease Risk in Women: Impact of Endogenous Estrogen Status and Exogenous Postmenopausal Hormone Therapy.  Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism 2003; 88(6):2470-2478

SL Davison, R Bell, S Donath, JG Montalto, SR Davis.  Androgen levels in adult females: changes with age, menopause and oophorectomy.  Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism 2005; 90(7):3847-53

Davis SR, Davison SL, Donath S, Bell RJ. Circulating androgen levels and self-reported sexual function in women.  JAMA 2005; 294(1):91-6

Davison SL, Bell R, Montalto JG, Sikaris K, Donath S, Stanczyk FZ, Davis SR. Measurement of Total Testosterone in Women: Comparison of a Direct Radioimmunoassay versus Radioimmunoassay after Organic Solvent Extraction and Celite Column Partition Chromatography.  Fertility and Sterility 2005;84(6):1698-1704

SL Davison, R Bell. Androgen Physiology. In: Carr B.R. (ED). Seminars in Reproductive Medicine 2006;24:71-77. Thieme Medical Publishers Inc, New York, USA

SL Davison, RJ Bell, M LaChina, SL Holden, SR Davis.  Sexual function in well women: stratification by sexual satisfaction, hormone use and menopause status.  Journal of Sexual Medicine 2008 May; 5(5):1214-22

Davison SL, Bell RJ, Gavrilescu M, Searle K, Maruff P, Gogos A, Rossell SL, Adams J, Egan GF, Davis SR. Testosterone improves verbal learning and memory in postmenopausal women: results from a pilot study. Maturitas. 2011; 70(3):307-11

Hickey M, Elliott J, Davison SL. Hormone Replacement Therapy. British Medical Journal, 2012; 344 doi: 10.1136/bmj.e763 (Published 16 February 2012)

Davis SR, Davison SL, Gavrilescu M, Searle K, Gogos A, Rossell SL, Egan GF, Bell RJ.  Effects of testosterone on visuospatial function and verbal fluency in postmenopausal women: results from a functional magnetic resonance imaging pilot study.Menopause. 2014 Apr;21(4):410-4

Davison SL, Bell RJ, Robinson PJ, Jane F, Leech J, Maruff P, Egan GF, Davis SR. Continuous-combined oral estradiol/drospirenone has no detrimental effect on cognitive performance and improves estrogen deficiency symptoms in early postmenopausal women: a randomized placebo-controlled trial.  Menopause. 2013 Oct;20(10):1020-6

Professional Memberships

  • Endocrine Society of Australia
  • Royal Australasian College of Physicians
  • Australasian Menopause Society
Member, VDEN

Dr Jasna Aleksova - MBBS (Hons) BMedSci FRACP, PhD

Locations: Malvern

Usual sessions: Wed PM (Malvern)

Dr. Jasna Aleksova graduated from the University of Melbourne and undertook her physician training at St Vincent's Hospital in Melbourne. She completed her endocrine and diabetes specialist training at Monash health and continues to have strong affiliations with both hospitals.

She completed her PhD in metabolic bone disorders and has a strong research focus on osteoporosis and bone health associated with chronic kidney disease, transplant recipients, chronic inflammatory conditions, and bone health in younger patients.

She is a post-doctoral research fellow at the Hudson Institute for Medical Research and Monash University with ongoing research in reproductive hormones and musculoskeletal health. Her work has been highly regarded and she has been the recipient of numerous research awards.

Dr. Aleksova is a senior staff specialist in the metabolic bone clinics at St Vincent's hospital, Monash Health and the Alfred hospital. She also works in the specialised diabetes services and additionally has an interest in endocrine conditions associated with pregnancy, working in a dedicated endocrine & pregnancy service at Monash Health.

In her clinical practice at Malvern she consults on all aspects of diabetes and general endocrinology.

Outside of work Dr. Aleksova enjoys her yoga practice, spending time with her friends and family, travelling, trying new culinary experiences and jogging with her dog.


Aleksova J, Milat F, Kotowicz MA, Pasco JA, Schultz C, Wong P, Ebeling PR, Elder GJ. Patients with end-stage kidney disease have markedly abnormal cortical hip parameters by dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry. Nephrol Dial Transplant. 2019 Nov 7

Aleksova J, Rodriguez AJ, McLachlan R, Milat F, Ebeling PR. Gonadal Hormones in the Pathogenesis and Treatment of Bone Health in Patients with Chronic Kidney Disease: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis. Current Osteoporosis Reports. Accepted for publication.

Aleksova J, Ng KW, Jung C, Zeimer H, Dwyer K, Milat F, MacIsaac R. Bone Health in Chronic Kidney Disease-Mineral and Bone Disorder: A Clinical Case Seminar and Update. Internal Medicine Journal. Accepted for publication.

Aleksova J, Kurniawan S, Vucak-Dzumhur M, Kerr P, Ebeling PR, Milat F, Elder GJ. Aortic vascular calcification is inversely associated with the trabecular bone score in patients receiving dialysis. Bone. 2018 Aug;113:118-123. doi: 10.1016/j.bone.2018.05.014.

Aleksova J, Wong P, McLachlan R, Choy KW, Ebeling PR, Milat F, Elder G. Sex Hormone Binding Globulin as a Risk Factor for Non-Vertebral Fracture in Men on Dialysis Therapy. Kidney International. 2018 Aug;94(2):372-380. doi: 10.1016/j.kint.2018.02.021.

Aleksova J, Kurniawan S and Elder GJ (2018). The trabecular bone score is associated with bone mineral density, markers of bone turnover and prevalent fracture in patients with end stage kidney disease. Osteoporosis International.  2018 Jun;29(6):1447-1455. doi: 10.1007/s00198-018-4468-y.

Aleksova J, Wong P, Mulley W, Choy KW, McLachlan R, Ebeling PR, Kerr P, Milat F. Serum phosphorus levels and fracture following renal transplantation. Clinical Endocrinology (Oxf). 2017 Aug;87(2):141-148. doi: 10.1111/cen.13363.

Aleksova J, Wong P, Milat F. Management of Bone Health in Patients with Chronic Disease. Endocrinology Today. July 2017.

Aleksova J, Kuczynska-Burggraf M, Ranasinha S, Vincent A. Information on early menopause: is the internet the place to search? Climacteric. 2017 Jun;20(3):248-255. doi: 10.1080/13697137.2017.1301920.

Aleksova J, Lau P, Soldatos G, MacArthur G. Glucocorticoids Did Not Reverse Type 1 Diabetes Mellitus Secondary to Pembrolizumab in a Patient with Metastatic Melanoma. The British Medical Journal Case reports. 2016 Nov 23;2016. pii: bcr2016217454. doi: 10.1136/bcr-2016-217454.

Aleksova J, Glenn Ward, Kim Taubman, Jason Tan, Stephen Farrell, Stuart Galloway, Richard J MacIsaac, Nirupa Sachithanandan. A Cushing’s Conundrum: An Unusual Case of Primary Pigmented Nodular Adrenal Disease in a 60 year old Female. The Lancet Diabetes & Endocrinology. 2016 Jul;4(7):630. doi: 10.1016/S2213-8587(15)00262-4.

Aleksova J, Jung C, 2015. Addison’s disease: a diagnosis not to be missed. Endocrinology Today; 4(1): 23-28.

Aleksova J, Allan CA, 2013. An update in testosterone replacement therapies. Endocrinology Today; 2(2): 19-22

Professional Memberships

  • Endocrine Society of Australia
  • Endocrine Society (USA)
  • Australian Diabetes Society
  • Australia and New Zealand Bone and Mineral society
  • American Society for Bone and Mineral Research
  • Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians

Dr Nellie Torkamani - MD PhD FRACP

Locations: Malvern

Usual sessions: Thu AM & PM (Malvern)

Member, VDEN

Dr Nellie Torkamani completed her training in Endocrinology and General Medicine at Royal Melbourne Hospital and Austin Health. She is passionate about research and completed her PhD in 2016 (University of Melbourne). Her research has been published in various high impact scientific journals.

Dr Torkamani is currently an honorary research fellow at the University of Melbourne, where she supervises and mentors multiple PhD candidates, physician trainees and medical students. Her research interests include women’s health, andrology, PCOS and related complications, weight loss and diabetes mellitus.

She is the recipient of various awards including the Melbourne International Fee Remitting Scholarship (MIFRS) (University of Melbourne), Melbourne International Research Scholarship (University of Melbourne), John Hayden Scholarship (University of Melbourne), Alwyn Stewart Memorial Trust Fund Scholarship (University of Melbourne), World Hair Research Conference (WHRC ) travel grant.

Dr Torkamani consults on a range of issues including Women's and Men's health, weight loss, PCOS, diabetes mellitus, thyroid disease, pituitary and adrenal disorders, osteoporosis and metabolic bone disease and other endocrine disorders.

Dr Torkamani is also fluent in Persian (Farsi) and is comfortable to consult patients of all backgrounds.


Lau LH, Cliff ERS, Wong V, Wong H, Torkamani N, Eer A, Weickhardt A, Grossmann M. Hypocalcaemia following denosumab in prostate cancer: A clinical review. Clinical Endocrinology. 2020 Feb 4. doi: 10.1111/cen.14169

N. Torkamani, L. Churilov , G. Jerums , V. Beik , R. Bellomo , Q. Lam , R. Macissac , D. Johnson, J. Zajac, E. Ekinci. Diabetes and higher HbA1c levels are independently associated with adverse renal outcomes in inpatients following multiple hospital admissions. Diabetes and Its Complications. Accepted Oct 2019.

Niloufar Torkamani, George Jerums, Paul Crammer, Alison Skene, David A. Power, Sianna Panagiotopoulos, Michele Clarke, Richard J. MacIsaac & Elif I. Ekinci. Three-Dimensional Glomerular Reconstruction: A Novel Approach to Evaluate Renal Microanatomy in Diabetic Kidney Disease. Scientific Reports. 2019, volume 9, Article number: 1829.

Neda Zafari, Leonid Churilov, Richard J MacIsaac, Niloufar Torkamani, Helen Baxter, Katerina V Kiburg, Elif Ekinci. Diagnostic performance of the Chronic Kidney Disease Epidemiology Collaboration (CKD-EPI) equation at estimating glomerular filtration rate in adults with diabetes mellitus: a systematic review and meta-analysis protocol. BMJ Open. 2019 Aug 30;9(8):e031558.

Yong PH, Weinberg L, Torkamani N, et al. The Presence of Diabetes and Higher HbA1c Are Independently Associated with Adverse Outcomes After Surgery. Diabetes Care. 2018 Jun;41(6):1172-1179.

Ekinci EI, Torkamani N, Ramchand SK, Churilov L, Sikaris KA, Lu ZX, et al. Higher maternal serum prolactin levels are associated with reduced glucose tolerance during pregnancy. Journal of Diabetes Investigation. 2017 Sep;8(5):697-700.

Torkamani Niloufar, Phal Pramit, Savarirayan Ravi, Simm Peter, Varigos George,Wark John. Concomitant extraspinal hyperostosis and osteoporosis in a patient withcongenital ichthyosis. Clinical Cases in mineral and bone metabolism. 2016 May-Aug;13(2):157-159.

N. Torkamani, N.W. Rufaut, L. Jones and R. Sinclair. The arrector pili muscle, the bridge between the follicular stem cell niche and the interfollicular epidermis. Anatomical Science International, 2017 Jan;92(1):151-158.

N. Torkamani, Nicholas Rufaut, Leslie Jones and Rodney Sinclair. Epidermal cells expressing stem cell markers in non-glabrous skin exist in direct proximity with thedistal end of the arrector pili muscle. Stem Cells International. 2016:1286315.

N. Torkamani, N.W. Rufaut, L. Jones and R. Sinclair. Destruction of the arrector pilimuscle and fat infiltration in androgenic alopecia. British Journal of Dermatology 2014 Jun;170(6):1291-8.

N. Torkamani, N.W. Rufaut, L. Jones and R. Sinclair. Beyond Goosebumps. Does the arrector pili muscle have a role in hair loss, wound healing and epidermal homeostasis? International Journal of Trichology. 2014 Jul;6(3):88-94,

N. Torkamani, Sinclair R. Disseminated Superficial Actinic Porokeratosisaccentuated by spray tan. International Journal of Dermatology. 2015;54(12):e545-6.

N. Torkamani, Sinclair R. Iododerma in pregnancy secondary to iodinatedmultivitamins.

Australasian Journal of Dermatology. 2015;56(3):235-6.

Professional Memberships

  • Royal Australasian College of Physicians
Member, VDEN

Dr Barb Paldus - MBBS(Hons)  BMedSc(Hons)  FRACP

Locations: Malvern

Usual sessions: Mon AM & PM (Malvern)

Dr Barb Paldus graduated from Monash University and undertook her physician training through the Royal Melbourne Hospital.  She completed her endocrine and diabetes specialist training through the Royal Melbourne Hospital, St Vincent's Hospital and Western Health.  

Barb's expertise and research interests include the management of type 1 diabetes (T1D), novel diabetes technology, T1D and exercise, closed loop insulin delivery (artificial pancreas) and continuous glucose monitoring analysis.  

She has undertaken tertiary studies in mathematics and computer programming and is currently completing a PhD through the University of Melbourne on advancing the artificial pancreas and other novel cutting-edge technologies for the treatment of diabetes during exercise.  

She is the recipient of multiple scholarships and awards and regularly presents at national and international conferences.  She is on a number of diabetes committees and working groups, and regularly presents at education events for health professionals on type 1 diabetes mellitus 

Dr Paldus holds Consultant Endocrinology appointments at St Vincent's Hospital and Werribee Mercy Hospital.  

Outside of work Barb enjoys triathlon training, yoga, aerial pole and silks acrobatics and playing with her cheeky German Shepherd dog Lily.

She has a friendly and caring consulting style and is passionate about improving the lives of people with diabetes and other endocrine disorders.  Barb welcomes referral for all types of diabetes mellitus, including type 1 diabetes, type 2 diabetes, gestational diabetes and latent autoimmune diabetes in adults (LADA) and autoimmune thyroid disease.


Zaharieva, D., Messer, M., Paldus, B., O’Neal, D., Maahs, D., Riddell, M. (2020). Physical activity and exercise using closed loop technology.  Accepted for publication Canadian Journal of Diabetes

Venkatesh, N., Paldus, B., Lee, MH., MacIsaac, RJ., Jenkins, AJ., O’Neal, DN. (2020). COVID-19, Type 1 Diabetes Clinical Practice, Research and Remote Medical Care: A View From the Land Down-Under. Accepted for publication Journal of Diabetes Science and Technology

Paldus, B., Lee, MH., Jones, HM., Et Al. (2019). Glucose Control Using a Standard Versus an Enhanced Hybrid Closed Loop System: A Randomized Crossover Study. Diabetes Technol Ther. 21(1):56-58.

Paldus, B., Zaharieva, D., (2019). D-I-Y Pancreas. Diabetes Management Journal May 2019

Lee, MH., Vogrin, S., Paldus, B., Et Al. (2019). Glucose and Counterregulatory Responses to Exercise in Adults with Type 1 Diabetes and Impaired Awareness of Hypoglycemia Using Closed-Loop Insulin Delivery: A Randomized Crossover Study. Diabetes Care. 43. dc191433. 10.2337/dc19-1433

Lee, MH., Vogrin, S., Paldus, B., Et Al. (2019). Glucose Control in Adults with Type 1 Diabetes Using Medtronic Prototype Enhanced-Hybrid Closed-Loop System: A Feasibility Study. Diabetes Technol Ther. 21(9):499-506. doi:10.1089/dia.2019.0120

Lee, MH., Paldus, B., Krishnamurthy, B., et al. (2019). The Clinical Case for the Integration of a Ketone Sensor as Part of a Closed Loop Insulin Pump System. J Diabetes Sci Technol. January:1932296818822986. doi:10.1177/1932296818822986

Paldus, B., Lee, MH., O’Neal, DN., (2018). Insulin Pumps in General Practice. Australian Prescriber. 41. 186-190. 10.18773/austprescr.2018.056.

McAuley, SA., Et Al. (2018). Effect of 6 months of hybrid closed-loop insulin delivery in adults with type 1 diabetes: A randomised controlled trial protocol. BMJ open. 8. e020274. 10.1136/bmjopen-2017-020274

Lee, MH., Paldus, B., O’Neal, DN., (2017) Type 1 diabetes and the Artificial Pancreas.  Diabetes Management Journal

Professional Memberships

  • Australian Diabetes Society
  • Endocrine Society of Australia
  • Royal Australian College of Physicians
  • University of Melbourne Diabetes Technology Research Group

Dr Jonathan Cohen - MBBS (Hons) FRACP 

Locations: Malvern, Frankston and Moonee Ponds

Usual sessions: Mon AM & PM, Fri AM & PM (Frankston)

Member, VDEN

Dr Jonathan Cohen graduated from the University of Western Australia, with honours in 2000. He subsequently completed his training as a Specialist Endocrinologist at the Royal Melbourne Hospital, Parkville, Victoria

In 2008, he undertook a Fellowship in Male Reproductive Health (including testosterone replacement and infertility) at Monash Medical Centre, Clayton in conjunction with Andrology Australia.

Dr Cohen is committed to Continuing Medical Education. He regularly attends endocrinology conferences both within Australia and overseas and presents talks on his area of expertise to other medical professionals. He also provides ongoing teaching to medical students.

His clinical interests include all aspects of Diabetes Mellitus (type 1 diabetes, type 2 diabetes, LADA and MODY) and Endocrinology (pituitary, thyroid, parathyroid, adrenal and osteoporosis) with a particular interest in Men’s Health.

Dr Cohen has a large inpatient intrerest both admitting and referrals at Cabrini Malvern, Peninsula Private and Holmesglen.

When he is not at work, Dr Cohen is usually watching old highlights of West Coast Eagles’ matches or consoling his kids about being the only West Coast Eagles’ supporters at school.

Professional Memberships

  • Royal Australasian College of Physicians
  • Endocrine Society of Australia
  • American Society of Andrology
Member, VDEN

Dr Steven Morris - MB BS FRACP (NZ)

Locations: Frankston, Malvern

Usual sessions: Mon-Thu AM & PM (Frankston)

Dr Steven Morris completed his undergraduate training at Auckland Medical School in 1986. He trained in New Zealand as a specialist general physician before moving to the UK to undertake and complete his post-graduate endocrine fellowship at Wessex Health Board, Southampton, UK in 1997.

His research interests have been in indigenous diabetes health care improvements. He is a former Director of Endocrinology at Frankston Hospital, Peninsula Health, allied with Monash Medical Centre. He is a current Director of Peninsula Endocrine Associates. He also is part of a Sydney collaborative which runs the largest private insulin pump service in Australia.

His clinical interests include all aspects of Diabetes and Endocrinology plus the challenges of complex medical disorders and rational drug prescribing. He is well known to the Mornington Peninsula and is a frequently requested guest speaker both in Victoria and New South Wales.

Outside of work, Steven enjoys a number of active pursuits. He is a keen traveller with particular interest in the study of French and German.

Professional Memberships

  • Royal Australasian College of Physicians
  • Endocrine Society of Australia
  • Endocrine Society (US)
  • European Association for the Study of Diabetes
  • Australian Diabetes Society

Dr Fiona Inchley - MBBS(Hons) B.Pharm(Sci) Hons FRACP 

Locations: Frankston

Usual sessions: Mon AM & PM, Wed AM & PM

Member, VDEN

Dr Fiona Inchley graduated from The University of Melbourne with Honours.  She completed her General Physician training at St Vincent’s Hospital Melbourne and her specialist training in Endocrinology at The Alfred Hospital and Peninsula Health.

Dr Inchley’s areas of practice are broad, and she enjoys diagnostic and treatment challenges.  As such, she sees patients with a wide variety of disorders including diabetes mellitus and endocrine disorders (pituitary, thyroid, adrenal, parathyroid, hypertension, osteoporosis, PCOS and menopause).

Her dual training in General Medicine and Endocrinology makes her uniquely placed to manage multiple complex medical problems associated with chronic disease such as the sequelae associated with type 2 diabetes mellitus.

Dr Inchley holds staff appointments at both St Vincent’s Hospital and Peninsula Health. She is very focused on education, and assists with the physician training program every year. 

When not at work, Dr Inchley enjoys spending time with friends and family; and her Tabby, Husky and Samoyed. She enjoys walks with the dogs and anything associated with the beach, particularly wetting a line.

Dr Inchley approaches her patients with empathy, and builds rapport quickly.  Her strong commitment to education comes through in her consultations, empowering her patients to be involved as much as possible in the decision-making process.

Professional Memberships

  • Professional Memberships
  • Royal Australasian College of Physicians
  • Endocrine Society of Australia
  • Australian Diabetes Society
Member, VDEN

Dr Michael Mond - MBBS (Hons) PhD FRACP

Locations: Frankston, Bentleigh, Clayton

Usual sessions: Tue AM & PM (Frankston)

Dr Michael Mond graduated from Monash University with Honours in 2001 and subsequently undertook his specialist physician training in Endocrinology at Monash Medical Centre, Clayton, Victoria.

He went on to complete a PhD at Prince Henry’s Institute of Medical Research (now Hudson Institute) investigating the role of genetic and other molecular changes in the development and progression of thyroid tumours.

He continued with post-doctoral translational research and developed an Australia-first comprehensive panel to screen thyroid tumours for a range of genetic mutations.

This work was recognised with the prestigious, Bryan Hudson Clinical Endocrinology Award in 2017.

Dr Mond treats a broad range of conditions including Diabetes Mellitus and disorders of the pituitary, thyroid, parathyroid and adrenal glands.

Dr Mond has a particular interest in the investigation and management of thyroid conditions including thyroid nodules and thyroid cancer.

He currently co-leads the Multidisciplinary Thyroid Clinic at Monash Health and is a lead endocrinologist in the Thyroid Clinic at Eastern Health. He chairs multidisciplinary thyroid cancer meetings at both sites. Dr Mond established the Victorian Thyroid Cancer Interest Group which brings together clinicians from a range of disciplines for biannual meetings on topics of interest.

Professor Christopher Gilfillan - MB BS PhD FRACP 

Locations: Frankston and Box Hill

Usual sessions: Fri PM (Frankston)

Member, VDEN

Professor Chris Gilfillan is currently Director of Endocrinology at Eastern Health and has private endocrine practices at Box Hill and Frankston. He oversees an active clinical research program and is currently Principal or Associate Investigator in 11 international clinical trials.

He has clinical interests in all aspects of Endocrinology and research interests in type 2 diabetes, gestational diabetes, osteoporosis and metabolic bone disease and thyroid cancer.

He is a Clinical Professor at Monash University and Deakin University through the Eastern Health Clinical School. He is involved in the teaching of medical students, and basic physician trainees in endocrinology and internal medicine.

He was awarded a Centenary Medal for services to Diabetes on the Mornington Peninsula.

He is currently Principal Investigator in a clinical trial of the effectiveness of wearable activity and blood glucose monitors in modifying health-related behaviour in type 2 diabetes.

He has been involved in numerous clinical trial protocols testing novel therapies of type 2 diabetes and well as novel lipid lowering medications and new treatments for osteoporosis.

He is also currently lead investigator in a study examining the genetic pathology of thyroid tumours and the isolation of thyroid cancer cells in peripheral blood. He is supervising a PhD student examining muscle mass and function in hip fracture patients and examining the molecular mechanisms of muscle wasting and sarcopenia in these patients.

Hamblin, P.S., et al., Subclinical hypothyroidism during pregnancy: the Melbourne public hospitals consensus. Intern Med J, 2019. 49(8): p. 994-1000.

Gunawan, F., et al., Ambulatory Blood Pressure Monitoring in Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus: A Cross-sectional Study. Curr Hypertens Rev, 2019. 15(2): p. 135-143.

Yee, M.L., et al., Mitochondrial disease: an uncommon but important cause of diabetes mellitus. Endocrinol Diabetes Metab Case Rep, 2018. 2018.

Proietto, J., et al., Efficacy and safety of methionine aminopeptidase 2 inhibition in type 2 diabetes: a randomised, placebo-controlled clinical trial. Diabetologia, 2018.

Ng, H.Y., et al., Timely commencement of bisphosphonates post-fragility fractures. ANZ J Surg, 2018. 88(4): p. 387.

Hamblin, P.S., et al., Subclinical Hypothyroidism During Pregnancy: The Melbourne Public Hospitals Consensus. Intern Med J, 2018.

Gunawan, F., et al., Ambulatory blood pressure monitoring in type 2 diabetes mellitus: a cross-sectional study. Curr Hypertens Rev, 2018.

Marso, S.P., et al., Liraglutide and Cardiovascular Outcomes in Type 2 Diabetes. N Engl J Med, 2016. 375(4): p. 311-22.

Lomax, A.J., et al., "First, do no harm": Managing the metabolic impacts of androgen deprivation in men with advanced prostate cancer. Intern Med J, 2015.

Mond, M., et al., Somatic Mutations of FOXE1 in Papillary Thyroid Cancer. Thyroid, 2015. 25(8): p. 904-10.

Member, VDEN

Dr Ming Yee Li - MB BS FRACP (NZ)

Locations: Frankston

Usual sessions: Thu AM (Frankston)

Dr Ming Li graduated from the University of Auckland in 2005.

She is trained in Endocrinology and Geriatric Medicine at Alfred Health, Peninsula Health and Barwon Health before obtaining her FRACP in 2017.

Dr Li is currently in the process of finishing her PhD studies at Eastern Health examining low skeletal muscle mass in older women.

Dr Li has a wide range of clinical interests including Diabetes Mellitus (type 1 and 2, LADA, MODY and GDM) and Endocrine Disorders (pituitary, thyroid, adrenal, parathyroid) and Osteoporosis and Sarcopaenia. She has a particular interest in the management of the elderly.

Outside of work, she enjoys travelling and spending time with her family and friends.

Dr Stella Sarlos - MBBS, BSc(Hons), PhD, FRACP

Locations: Frankston

Usual sessions: Wed PM (Frankston)

Member, VDEN

Dr Stella Sarlos undertook her medical degree at the University of Melbourne, where she also graduated with a Bachelor of Science and a PhD in the field of diabetic retinopathy.

She was based at St Vincent’s Hospital, East Melbourne for her clinical and endocrine Training. She was awarded the Andrology Australia Fellowship in 2013 and completed her endocrine training at Monash Health.

She now holds consultant appointments in Diabetes and Endocrinology at Monash Health and Peninsula Health.

She also practices as a Clinical Andrologist at the Hudson Institute of Medical Research, where she is pursuing her research interests.

Dr Sarlos has had a longstanding interest in education and has undertaken several initiatives in the development of educational resources for medical students, junior doctors and endocrine trainees.  She has been an examiner for the Royal Australasian College of Physicians and is undertaking a Masters in Clinical Education at the University of Melbourne. She is an adjunct lecturer at the Department of Medicine, Monash University and the co-ordinator of the 3rd Year Monash Medical Students at the Peninsula Clinical School.

Dr Sarlos consults on all aspects of diabetes, endocrinology and andrology.

She is a fluent speaker of Greek.

Outside of medicine, Dr Sarlos enjoys an active lifestyle with her young family and travel adventures with them.


Graf A, Sarlos S, Farrell SG, MacIsaac RJ, Inder WJ, Sachithanandan N. Selective intra-arterial calcium stimulation test for the localization of insulinomas: an Australian hospital experience. ANZ J Surg. 2020.

Sarlos S, Allan CA. Testosterone therapy: A guide to initiation and monitoring. Endocrinology Today 2019; 8(3): 22-26

Sarlos S, St John B, Allan CA. Klinefelter’s sybdrome. Management issues according to life stage. Medicine Today 2015; 16(9):53-57

Sarlos S, Inder WJ. Selective use of the insulin tolerance test to diagnose hypopituitarism. Intern Med J. 2013 Jan;43(1):89-93.

Sarlos S, Wilkinson-Berka JL. The renin-angiotensin system and the developing retinal vasculature. Invest Ophthalmol Vis Sci. 2005 Mar;46(3):1069-77.

Moravski CJ, Skinner SL, Stubbs AJ, Sarlos S, Kelly DJ, Cooper ME, Gilbert RE, Wilkinson-Berka JL. The renin-angiotensin system influences ocular endothelial cell proliferation in diabetes: transgenic and interventional studies. Am J Pathol. 2003 Jan;162(1):151-60.

Sarlos S, Rizkalla B, Moravski CJ, Cao Z, Cooper ME, Wilkinson-Berka JL. Retinal angiogenesis is mediated by an interaction between the angiotensin type 2 receptor, VEGF, and angiopoietin. Am J Pathol. 2003 Sep;163(3):879-87.

Professional Memberships

  • Endocrine Society of Australia
  • Endocrine Society (US)
  • Pituitary Society (US)
  • Australian Diabetes Society
  • Australasian Diabetes in Pregnancy Society
  • Royal Australasian College of Physicians

Dr John Colman - Gastroenterologist - MBBS FRACP

Location: Malvern 

Usual sessions: Mon PM, Wed AM, Thu PM

Member, VDEN

Dr John Colman is a Gastroenterologist and a senior Consultant at VDEN.  He has supported VDEN from it inception.  

He holds a current appointment at The Alfred Hospital.

Currently he is practising at Cabrini Malvern as well as The Alfred and Springvale sites with VDEN Malvern acting as his princial office.  


John is one of the leading Gastroenterologists in the field of Medico Legal Consulting.

John also has an active social life which includes a number of clubs as well as his new dog.

Allied Health Professionals

Please contact us on (03) 9509 9411 or email us on info@vden.com.au for further information regarding appointments with our Diabetes Nurse Educator or Dietician.

Member, VDEN

Fadwa Hassan - Diabetes Nurse Educator RN DNE

Locations: Frankston

Usual sessions: Wed AM (Frankston)

Fadwa Hassan graduated from the American University of Beirut in 1986 with a BSc in Nursing. After graduation, she joined the emergency department at the University Medical Centre as a Registered Nurse and a clinical preceptor for the graduate nurses’ program. In 1989 she finished a Graduate Diploma in Health Education.

In September 1991 Fadwa migrated to Australia to further her career and for a better life. She was among the first group of international nurses who participated in a pre-registration course at Deakin University, where she gained her nurses registration. She joined Frankston Hospital in July 1992 as a general nurse, where she has worked since in a number of roles.

In 2004, Fadwa transitioned to the field of Diabetes Education, and in 2009 she joined Peninsula Endocrine Associates as a Credentialled Diabetes Educator. She is passionate about helping people with diabetes and has a special interest and skills in insulin pump therapy and continuous glucose monitoring. Fadwa has consulting rights at Healthscope.


Kristen Adams - Dietitian DAA

Locations: Malvern

Usual sessions: Fri PM (Malvern)

Member, VDEN

Kristen Adams is an Accredited Practising Dietitian who works for Peninsula Physical Health and Nutrition, a private practice company based predominately on the Mornington Peninsula.

Kristen is a firm believer of the motto ‘practice what you preach’ and endeavours to inspire her clients to achieve their personal health and nutritional goals, while providing them with the necessary support throughout their journey.

Having previously worked at the Austin Hospital, Kristen has a strong interest in clinical nutrition, working within the hospital setting at Peninsula Private and Beleura Private Hospital. She is also based at numerous private practice clinics across the peninsula, working in conjunction with Peninsula Sports Medicine Group and Melbourne Bariatrics.

Her specialist areas include weight management (both general and bariatric), working alongside bariatric surgeon Mr Geoffrey Draper, where she provides dietary advice for clients undergoing weight loss surgery (gastric sleeve, gastric bypass and lap-banding). As well as diabetes management (including insulin dependent), heart disease and gastrointestinal disorders (including food intolerances, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Chron disease and Ulcerative colitis).

She has a personal interest in body sculpting, assisting athletes with their nutrition and meal plans in the lead up to competitions, as well as endurance sports, in particular triathlons.

Member, VDEN

Susan Dexter - Dietitian DAA

Locations: Frankston

Usual sessions: Thu AM (Frankston)

Susan Dexter is an Accredited Practicing Dietitian (APD) who graduated from Monash University with a Bachelor of Nutrition and Dietetics(Hons).

Susan has a keen interest in optimising the health of those living with diabetes mellitus, as well as addressing people's weight management goals. A passionate advocate for patient empowerment, Susan strives to provide her patients with the education and tools necessary to be confident masters of their own health.

Currently working as a clinical Dietitian at Frankston Hospital, Susan specialises in diabetes management as well as general medicine, including: cardiac, oncology, malnutrition and gastroenterology.   

Her areas of interest include Type 1 and 2 Diabetes Mellitus, Gestational Diabetes Mellitus, Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS), carbohydrate counting, weight management and bariatric surgery

An initial appointment with Susan will involve exploring relationships with food, types of food being eaten and the goals of each individual patient.  Information will be discussed and provided to tailor an action plan for each individual. As a completely judgement free space, patients are able to feel confident that their own needs will be met and supported. 

When not wearing her Dietitian hat, Susan spends her time at the beach, chasing her toddler and tucking into some wine and cheese. 

Ms Nicole Howell - Dietitian DAA

Locations: Frankston

Usual sessions: Monday PM (Frankston)

Member, VDEN

Nicole Howell is an Accredited Practicing Dietitian (APD) she has worked across all facets of human nutrition and diet therapy with over 25 years of experience, including 15 years as a specialist Diabetes Dietitian at Peninsula Health. She has been instrumental in the management of children with Type 1 diabetes, adolescents and adults, with extensive experience caring for people with either Type 2 or Type 1 diabetes together with gestational diabetes within the Mornington Peninsula.

She is also experienced in the DAFNE programme which empowers clients to self-manage their diabetes and enhance their quality of life. Her others areas of specialty also include: Cardiovascular nutrition and cholesterol management, General healthy eating, Men and Women’s health (including PCOS and menopause), Gastrointestinal nutrition (including FODMAPs, Coeliac, IBS), children and adolescent health.  

She has many years’ experience working with insulin pump management and the role new advances in technology play in diabetes care, including the role of Continuous Glucose Monitoring, and Applications on smart phones. She is passionate about diabetes care and has a unique understanding of people’s needs, having an open mind, with a flexible approach in all facets of diabetes management, working closely with the clients’ Diabetes Heath care team. She works alongside clients to assess their nutritional requirements, providing education and advice regarding carbohydrate counting if needed, to assist clients to achieve their goals.

Nicole’s approach combines latest scientific evidence, with practical and realistic changes. She is also a member of Sports Dietitians of Australia (SDA) and the Diabetes Dietitian special interest group. She has a keen interest in many sports, loves to walk and spending time at the beach.


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