ADIPS Limited Board of Directors (2022-24)


President and Chair of the Board 

Professor David Simmons - MA (Cantab) MB BS FRCP FRACP MD (Cantab)     

Endocrinologist, Sydney, NSW

David is Professor of Medicine, Macarthur Clinical School, Western Sydney University; Director, Endocrinology Department, Campbelltown Hospital; Director, South Western Sydney Diabetes, Obesity, Metabolism Translational Research Unit (DOMTRU); Professorial Fellow, University of Melbourne and Visiting Professor, University of Örebro, Sweden.  He is a previous President of the Australasian Diabetes In Pregnancy Society (ADIPS), is currently on the ADIPS Board and chairs their Clinical Audit Working Group.  He has led several trials/studies in diabetes in pregnancy, diabetes prevention, diabetes management and diabetes epidemiology.     He has over 300 publications and won several national and international awards for his work on diabetes.


Deputy Board Chair

A/Prof Alexis Shub Alexis Shub

Obstetrician & MFM Subspecialist, Melbourne, VIC

A/Prof Alexis Shub is an obstetrician and maternal fetal medicine subspecialist at Mercy Hospital for Women in Melbourne. She has research interests in diabetes and obesity in pregnancy. She heads the diabetes clinic at Mercy. She also has a number of roles in medical student teaching and coordination for the University of Melbourne.  


Board Director and Immediate Past President

Dr Arianne Sweeting MBBS Hons, BSc, GradDip HL, FRACP, PhDArianne Sweeting

Endocrinologist, Sydney, NSW

Dr Arianne Sweeting is the current President and Chair of ADIPS. She is a staff specialist within the Department of Endocrinology, Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, Sydney; NHMRC Early Career Fellow, Charles Perkins Centre, Faculty of Medicine and Health, University of Sydney; and Medical Investigator, Boden Clinical Trials Team, University of Sydney. Dr Sweeting is also a clinician researcher affiliated with the Sydney Institute for Women, Children and their Families, Sydney Local Health District. She is Chair of the GDM Diagnostics working group for the international ADA/EASD Precision Medicine in Diabetes Initiative and a member of the ADIPS National Diabetes in Pregnancy Benchmarking Program. Her NHMRC supported PhD on “Risk management in gestational diabetes mellitus” was awarded the ADIPS Graz Clock Award in 2014 and the Sydney Medical School Dean’s Publication Prize in 2016. Dr Sweeting’s primary research interest is in metabolic disease in pregnancy, including gestational diabetes, obesity, bariatric surgery and eating disorders with a focus on precision medicine diagnostics, nutrition interventions and models of care to improve pregnancy outcomes.


Board Directors 

Julia Zinga 

Diabetes Dietitian, Melbourne, VIC  

Julia Zinga is a Diabetes Dietitian and obtained a Bachelor of Health Science (Nutrition & Dietetics) from The University of Newcastle in 2001. The majority of Julia’s dietetic career has been in the field of diabetes, providing dietary counselling to people of all ages with diabetes. Since 2014, Julia has worked as Diabetes Dietitian at Royal Women’s Hospital, Melbourne, specialising in the multidisciplinary diabetes unit to support women with Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes who are pregnant or planning pregnancy, and women with gestational diabetes. Julia co-authored a chapter on carbohydrate counting in the ADS Insulin Pump Manual, and she is also the producer of a pictorial resource for carbohydrate estimation, called ‘How much Carb in that?’.​


Dr Susan de Jersey, PhD 

Advanced Accredited Practicing Dietitian, Brisbane QLD

Susan de JerseyDr Susan de Jersey is an Advanced Accredited Practicing Dietitian and Clinician Research Fellow within Metro North Hospital and Health Service in Queensland. Susan has been providing care to women with diabetes in pregnancy and gestational diabetes in the antenatal clinic at the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital for over 15 years. Susan is a clinical leader to a team of dietitians working in antenatal care across Metro North Hospital and Health Service.

Her program of research is focused on clinically relevant perinatal health concerns and translation into clinical practice. She has a national reputation as an expert and leader in maternal health and early life nutrition. Dr de Jersey leads research to generate new knowledge and implement and evaluate changes to routine care that supports women to have a healthy pregnancy and optimise offspring outcomes. She is particularly passionate about the provision of high value, person centred care that is informed by evidence. Susan supervisors undergraduate and post graduate students and leads several research projects area of gestational diabetes and perinatal health.  



Dr Rosemary Hall

Endocrinologist, Wellington, NZ Rosemary Hall

Dr Rosemary Hall is an Endocrinologist working in general endocrinology and diabetes at Capital and Coast District Health, where she leads the diabetes in pregnancy clinical service for the Wellington Region.

Her PhD, completed in Cambridge, UK, examined the association between dietary protein, energy regulation and metabolic disease. This research used a variety of techniques to measure energy intake, energy expenditure, body composition and metabolic parameters, including highly controlled physiological studies performed in a whole body calorimeter.

She received an HRC feasibility grant (HRC15/513) to investigate long term outcomes of women from the DIP clinic.


Dr Matthew Hare MBBS(Hons) BMedSc(Hons) FRACP PhD

Endocrinologist, Darwin, NT   

Matt is an Endocrinologist at Royal Darwin Hospital, where he is clinical lead for remote diabetes services across the Top End of the Northern Territory. As a clinician-researcher with Menzies School of Health Research, his work focuses on understanding and addressing the intergenerational diabetes epidemic among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. He has a particular interest in epidemiology and data-linkage studies. Matt currently also serves on the NT Diabetes Network Working Group, the International Diabetes Epidemiology Group Symposium Organising Committee, and the Australian Diabetes Society Research Advisory Council.



Dr Tang Wong BSc(med) MBBS (hons) MPhil 

Endocrinologist, Sydney, NSW 

Dr Tang Wong graduated with a Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery (honours) from the University of NSW in 2003 and undertook Advanced Training in Endocrinology at the Concord Repatriation, Prince of Wales and Bankstown-Lidcombe hospitals. He completed a Master of Philosophy in Medicine at the University of Sydney under the supervision of Professors Ngai-Wah Cheung, Jeffrey Flack and Glynis Ross. His research thesis was titled "The Risk stratification of women with Gestational Diabetes Mellitus: Can we predict adverse outcomes?", exploring the additive roles of glucose, weight and other factors in the development of negative outcomes in pregnancies affected by Gestational Diabetes. Tang is co-head of the Department of Diabetes and Endocrinology at the Bankstown-Lidcombe hospital and Senior VMO at the Prince of Wales hospital. He sits on the editorial board of the Diabetes Management Journal and is a past member of the Medical Education Scientific Advisory Committee.





Cecily Foged

Clinical Nurse Consultant, Credentialled Diabetes Educator, Melbourne, VIC   

Cecily is a Credentialed Diabetes Nurse Educator at Mercy Hospital for Women in Melbourne.  She initially completed a postgraduate diploma in Emergency Nursing and worked in this field for 10 years before changing paths and specialising in Diabetes Education.  
Cecily has been a credentialled diabetes nurse educator for 11 years and has worked across both private and public hospitals and in private practice.  She has experience with paediatric and adults clients in all stages of diabetes care.  
Cecily has a special interest  in diabetes technology and providing diabetes support to women with Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes during pregnancy or planning a pregnancy.  Cecily is currently undertaking a master in Advance Nursing Practice - Nurse practitioner at Melbourne University.




Ms Suzie Neylon BSc (Hons)

Executive Officer and Company Secretary

Suzie Neylon is the Executive Officer and Company Secretary for the Australasian Diabetes in Pregnancy Society Limited.  Suzie took over the management of ADIPS in 2009 bringing with her a background in association management, nursing, science, travel, advertising, promotions and public relations.  She completed her Bachelor of Science with Honours in 2004 with a pregnancy based thesis and continues to manage the busy ADIPS secretariat on a part-time basis.

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Please note that ADIPS are currently calling for nominations for the Board of Directors commencing 24 August 2024.  See the latest March E News for further details on how to nominate.


ADIPS Committees


Finance, Audit and Risk Committee

Arianne Sweeting

Tang Wong

Suzie Neylon


Membership Committee

Julia Zinga

Susan de Jersey

Rosemary Hall

Marina Mickleson

Suzie Neylon


Therapeutics Committee

Sarah Price

Alexis Shub

Rosemary Hall


Communications Committee

David Simmons

Arianne Sweeting

Janet Lagstrom

Suzie Neylon


Education Committee

Cecily Foged (Chair)

David Simmons

Julia Zinga

Susan de Jersey

Shantha Joseph

Suzie Neylon