In June 2015, the Australian Diabetes Educators’ Association Limited’s (ADEA) Board of Directors as part of their research strategy established the ADEA Diabetes Research Foundation (ADRF) to fund critical diabetes-related research. Further ADEA information can be found at

This included donating $250,000 in seed capital to develop a charitable trust legal structure, provide initial working capital and fund the first round of diabetes research by Australian universities.


ADRF is a charity trust compliant with public ancillary fund guidelines under the Taxation Administration Act 1953. It is registered with the Australian Charity and Not-for-profit Commission (ACNC) and has been granted deductible gift recipient (DGR) status from the Australian Taxation Office. The associated trustee company, ADEA Diabetes Research Foundation Limited (Trustee), is a not-for-profit company limited by guarantee with the ADEA as its sole member. ADEA is also a not-for-profit member-based company registered with the ACNC with DGR status.

The Trustee Board comprises three Directors who govern the foundation with independent specialist advice from the Research Council comprising prominent health academics. This includes providing advice on the most valuable diabetes research proposals to fund via research grants. Further information can be found on this website.


The ADEA Diabetes Research Foundation Program is overseen by the ADEA Diabetes Research Foundation Board and the Research Council. The Board appoints the Independent Chair and ratifies membership of the Council. The Council oversees the grant application process and makes recommendations to the Board regarding grant and fellowship recipients. Council operations are managed by the Executive Group.


Chair: Melinda Seed (NSW)


Melinda Seed is a Chartered Accountant and has extensive experience assisting not-for-profit entities in the health and education sector manage their finances and other resources. Melinda has a Bachelor of Economics from the University of Sydney and a Master of Arts in Communication from UTS.

Melinda does not remember a life without diabetes, having been diagnosed with type 1 at just 16 months old. In addition to serving as the Treasurer and a spokesperson for the Type 1 Diabetes Network for over ten years, Melinda has written and/or edited a variety of diabetes related resources, represented people with diabetes on national television and radio and has served on Diabetes Australia and Diabetes Australia NSW Advisory Committees for Young Adults with type 1 diabetes.

Trisha Dunning (VIC)

Trisha Dunning

Trisha is Chair in Nursing and Director Centre for Nursing and Allied Health Research at Deakin University and Barwon Health in Geelong, Victoria. She has been a Credentialled Diabetes Educator since 1988.

She is currently a Vice President of the International Diabetes Federation and serves on many local, national and international committees.

She is widely published in books, journals and magazines.

Steven Brett (NSW)


Steven is a Customer Experience Executive, Entrepreneur and Business Management Consultant, founder of Manage Smart, blogger on leadership and productivity, member, assessor and contributor to the Customer Service Institute of Australia and fellow of the Australian Institute of Management. With extensive experience in business management gained in property, health, financial services, construction, software and other service businesses both large and small over the past 20 years, Steven offers his sales and marketing, operational management and customer experience skills through his consulting firm.

Steven is passionate about improving customer outcomes through alignment with strategic business goals and he shows his clients (medium to large businesses) how to achieve this through increased customer intimacy in a multi-channel customer service environment. Additionally, Steven works with business owners, CEOs and executive leadership teams in their personal leadership development.

Steven has been an Australian Service Excellence Awards winner in the categories, Best Customer Charter – National 2014, Best Small Business – National 2011 and Best Small Business – NSW 2011, 2013. His commitment to customer experience excellence led to his appointment to the judging panel from 2014 and his appointment as an assessor and consultant to the International Customer Service Standard in 2015.

Research Council

From November 2015 to present

Chair: Professor Trisha Dunning (VIC)

Trisha Dunning

RN, MEd, PhD, Graduate Certificates: Obstetrics, Infant Welfare, Paediatrics, Family Planning, Aromatherapy, Relaxation Massage.

Graduate Diplomas: Health Education, Professional Writing.

Trisha is Chair in Nursing and Director Centre for Nursing and Allied Health Research at Deakin University and Barwon Health in Geelong, Victoria. She has been a Credentialled Diabetes Educator since 1988.

She is currently a Vice President of the International Diabetes Federation and serves on many local, national and international committees.

She is widely published in books, journals and magazines.

Professor Sophia Zoungas (VIC)


Professor Sophia Zoungas is an academic endocrinologist. She holds the Professorial Chair of Diabetes, Vascular Health and Ageing and is the Deputy Director of the Monash Centre for Health Research and Implementation, School of Public Health and Preventive Medicine, Monash University. Her research focus is on the generation and implementation of the best evidence into practice for the prevention, screening and management of diabetes and cardiovascular disease.

Prof Zoungas is the current President Elect of the Australian Diabetes Society, Chair of the National Association for Diabetes Centres and a Senior Medical Advisor to Diabetes Australia and the Australian Institute for Health and Welfare.

She has over 100 publications (over 4300 citations, 2 first author publications in the New England Journal of Medicine) and received a number of key awards including the Monash Health rising star award and Monash University mid career research award.

Professor Ines Krass


Professor in Pharmacy Practice, Faculty of Pharmacy, the University of Sydney (2010) PhD in Science, the University of Sydney (1991); Graduate Diploma in Educational Studies ((SCAE), the University of Sydney (1985) Diploma in Hospital Pharmacy, the University of Sydney (1973) Bachelor of Pharmacy, the University of Sydney (1969).

In 23 years in academia, Professor Krass has built a strong national and international reputation in health services research in community pharmacy evidenced by over 170 refereed publications, visiting professorships, invitations to speak at national and international conferences, to contribute to subject reviews and to join journal Editorial Boards. Professor Krass has supervised 24 higher degree students to completion of their higher degree (16 PhDs, 8 Master of Pharmacy/Clinical Pharmacy students) and 18 honours students.

Ines’ research focuses on health services research in community pharmacy. This involves the development, implementation and evaluation of chronic disease care models delivered by pharmacists for asthma and diabetes; screening and prevention of diabetes, CV disease, asthma and sleep disorders and the validation of measures of pharmacist and consumer attitudes and behaviours. Over the past decade she has been intensively involved in trialling disease state management programs (DSM) in community pharmacy for type 2 diabetes and asthma. She led a national research team which published the first Australian evidence supporting the role of the community pharmacist in caring for patients with diabetes. This research has directly informed the implementation of diabetes related services in community pharmacy. Ines also has a special research interest in measurement and validation of psychometric instruments. A series of instruments to assess the attitudes, knowledge, behaviours and satisfaction of both pharmacists and consumers have been developed and validated.

Professor David Currow


Professor David Currow is the CEO of the Cancer Institute of NSW and Chief Cancer Officer in NSW. He is a Professor of Palliative and Supportive Services at Flinders University, Adelaide.

The role of the Cancer Institute NSW is to decrease the incidence of cancer, increase the survival for people who are diagnosed with cancer and improve the quality of care for people with cancer. David leads a team of 200 people whose expertise and remit include prevention (tobacco control, ultraviolet light protection), screening (BreastScreen, Cervical Screening and Bowel Screening), service performance and development (including the population based cancer registry, Australia’s only population-based clinical cancer registry), eviQ – the world’s major evidence-based protocol website in oncology, Canrefer, linking general practitioners and consumers with multidisciplinary teams in two clicks of a button, and strategic research and investment.

He is the principal investigator for the Palliative Care Clinical Studies Collaborative (PaCCSC) which has randomised more than 1600 palliative care patients across 21 sites to phase III symptom control studies. He is a foundation partner in the Australian Palliative Care Outcomes Collaborative, an initiative to improve systematically clinical outcomes in palliative care.

David has published more than 400 peer-reviewed articles, editorials and books. He is senior associate editor of Journal of Palliative Medicine and on the editorial boards of Journal of Pain and Symptom Management, BMJ Supportive and Palliative Care and the Journal of Oncology Practice. David is a former president of Palliative Care Australia and the Clinical Oncological Society of Australia.

Adjunct Associate Professor Marg McGill


Marg McGill is an Adjunct Associate Professor with the Sydney Medical School and Sydney Nursing School, University of Sydney.

She was appointed Australia’s first paediatric diabetes educator in 1978. She received her Master of Science in Medicine in 2001.

She is the Assistant Director of Royal Prince Alfred Hospital Diabetes Centre.

Marg was Vice President of the International Diabetes Federation (IDF) from 2003 -2009. She was Chair of the IDF Consultative Section on Diabetes Education (DECS) for 9 years and during this time developed and implemented the IDFs global strategy for education.

She has been an invited speaker on 100s occasions to international diabetes scientific meetings. Her clinical and research interests are in the complications of diabetes, type 1 diabetes, innovative models of care and health professional education.

She led the successful applications for the RPAH Diabetes Centre to become an International Diabetes Federation Centre of Excellence in Education for health professionals and an NADC Centre of Excellence.

She was named in the 2011 Australia Day Honours List with the award of Order of Australia (AM) for her contribution to diabetes nationally and overseas.