Mark Kennedy
Honorary Clinical Associate Professor, The University of Melbourne

Mark Kennedy is a founding member and inaugural Chair of the Primary Care Diabetes Society of Australia and of The Royal Australian College of General Practitioners’ specific interest group on diabetes. He was a contributor to the RACGP’s General Practice Management of Type 2 Diabetes 2014–15 handbook.

His academic appointment as Clinical Associate Professor is in the Department of General Practice at The University of Melbourne. He is also the majority owner and medical director of Northern Bay Health, a health network in Geelong, VIC comprising three general practices and a community-based, specialised, multidisciplinary diabetes centre in partnership with local hospitals and community health services. It provides patients with better access to general practitioners, diabetes educators, dietitians and podiatrists.

Dr Kennedy has also been involved in developing and running many workshops and seminars for health professional undergraduate and postgraduate education, and has chaired the board of the Victorian Metropolitan Alliance for General Practice Education and Training. He speaks regularly at Australian and international medical, diabetes and endocrinology conferences, and has been an invited speaker at conferences in India, Europe and at the International Diabetes Federation’s World Diabetes Congress 2013.

He has postgraduate qualifications in family medicine, integrated medicine, sports medicine and business management. His current research interests are focussed mainly on diabetes, health literacy, and the link between socioeconomic status and health.


Suzane Ryan
Practice Principal, Newcastle Family Practice, Newcastle

Suzane Ryan is Practice Principal at a busy inner-city practice in Newcastle, NSW, with seven other general practitioners and a range of allied health services. The practice employs GP registrars and medical and nursing students.

Dr Ryan has a special interest in mental health and chronic disease management, particularly diabetes care.

Gary Kilov
Principal, The Seaport Practice, Launceston

Gary Kilov is a founding member of the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners’ specific interest group on diabetes and was a contributor to the RACGP’s General Practice Management of Type 2 Diabetes 2014–15 handbook. He is also a member of the Expert Reference Group for the National Diabetes Services Scheme’s Mental Health and Diabetes Program.

Dr Kilov has established a multidisciplinary diabetes-focussed general practice in Launceston, Tasmania. He shares his time between Launceston, treating patients with diabetes and respiratory illness, and travelling interstate, where he is sought after for peer-to-peer and medical undergraduate education on diabetes.

He has presented papers and conducted many educational sessions at national and international seminars and conferences, including General Practitioner Conference & Exhibition, World Organization of Family Doctors and International Doctors’ Health conferences.

Dr Kilov has been published in a number of peer-reviewed journals on topics covering diabetes and respiratory medicine, and has appeared on television and radio.

His interest in chronic disease management incorporates the spectrum of obesity-related conditions, diabetes, respiratory medicine and mental health, and stems from his own experience with both type 1 diabetes and coeliac disease.

Dr Kilov is a senior lecturer at the University of Tasmania, and a past tutor and examiner of undergraduate medical students at Monash University.

Jo-Anne Manski-Nankervis
General Practitioner, Essendon, Melbourne

Jo-Anne Manski-Nankervis is a general practitioner in Essendon, Melbourne and Lecturer at the Department of General Practice at the University of Melbourne.

Dr Manski-Nankervis completed her BSc(Hons) at the University of Western Australia in 1999 and her MBBS(Hons) at the University of Melbourne in 2006 before attaining her FRACGP in 2011. She is an active member of the RACGP National Faculty of Specific Interests Diabetes Network. In 2015 Jo-Anne completed her PhD, exploring how health professionals work together to commence insulin in the general practice setting.

Her current research interests include optimal use of medications for people with diabetes in general practice, blood glucose monitoring, health professional collaboration, and utilisation of general practice datasets for research and quality improvement. Jo-Anne is also involved in teaching as part of the Doctor of Medicine program at the University of Melbourne.

Ralph Audehm
General Practitioner, Melbourne

Ralph Audehm is a general practitioner with over 25 years of experience.

Dr Audehm graduated from The University of Melbourne 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 and in 2015 a Clinical Associate Professor of The University of Melbourne.

He has a long-standing interest in the management of diabetes in general practice, and has instigated and supported many initiatives to improve health outcomes systematically for people with diabetes in Melbourne’s north-west. Ralph has been a member of numerous boards, expert panels and working parties. He believes that primary health care is central in the effective management of chronic illnesses, such as diabetes, and that primary care is best coordinated via general practice.