Our Directors

Lucy Casson and Jane Overland

Lucy and Jane are leading diabetes nurse practitioners of Sydney and the Inner West. They have completed extensive training in diabetes so that they can provide you with comprehensive care just like a general practitioner or endocrinologist would. They are able to refer you to other health care professionals, order diagnostic tests and pathology, and prescribe diabetes and related medications, if required. They also understand what it is like to live with diabetes and they pride themselves on providing innovative and flexible health care services that complement your other health care providers.

Together they have been helping people manage their diabetes for close to 40 years.  During this time they have been encouraging people to eat to appetite and helping them learn how to adjust their treatment around their life. They were also early adopters of insulin pump therapy and other technologies, such as continuous glucose monitoring, tools that help people with diabetes live their lives to the full.

Lucy and Jane’s extensive diabetes experience means they are able to help you get your diabetes back on track when things don’t seem to be going your way or you may choose to see them for your regular diabetes review. You can also make an appointment if you are keen to explore different treatment options such as insulin pump therapy, brush up on your diabetes knowledge, tailor your diabetes treatment around something new in your life or to get help to achieve your own health goal.

 

Lucy Casson  RN, NP, DIP HE, BA (Hons), MA (Nurs Prac), CDE

Paediatric Nurse Practitioner

Lucy has been the senior diabetes nurse at Sydney Children’s Hospital since 2005.  She has extensive experience in helping children and their families manage type 1 and type 2 diabetes. Lucy qualified as a paediatric nurse in the United Kingdom in 1997 but she saw the light and moved to Australia in 2005. She has been a strong advocate for families and children with diabetes, ensuring they have access to the very best care.  This led her to branch out into private practice in 2011 and has been travelling around Sydney to visit families in their home and a variety of practice settings to reduce the burden of living with a chronic disease ever since. Her expertise in managing diabetes in children and adolescents is well recognised and she is often asked to speak at seminars and conferences about these age groups. Her commitment to the diabetes community is demonstrated by giving up her own time to attend diabetes kids’ camps. She also supports organisations such as Diabetes Australia and the Juvenille Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF).

Lucy specialises in

  • Type 1 diabetes – kids
  • Type 2 diabetes in youth
  • Adolescence – transition
  • Insulin pump therapy
  • Continuous glucose monitoring
  • Hypoglycaemia, hyperglycaemia and complication minimisation

 

Jane Overland – NP, CDE, MPH, PhD

Nurse Practitioner

Jane’s role as the senior member of the clinical team at the Diabetes Centre at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital (RPAH) in Sydney’s Inner West – the only Diabetes Centre in the world to be awarded two prestigious International Diabetes Federation Certificates of Excellence – means that she has extensive experience in all types of diabetes. Like Lucy, she is passionate about her work and goes that extra mile to ensure everyone she sees walks away feeling more confident and in control of their lives.

She is recognised as one of Australia’s leading nurse practitioners in the field of diabetes. She is frequently asked to speak at National and International meetings and has served on committees for peak organisations such as The International Diabetes Federation and The World Health Organisation.

She is particularly passionate and knowledgeable about type 1 diabetes. This has led her to have a strong working relationship with JDRF. She and Lucy have even jumped out of a plane for them!

Jane has held numerous roles with JDRF. These include acting as a Board Member, Consultant, and Committee Chair. She was also instrumental in the development of JDRF’s T1D adult pack. This pack includes a comprehensive book for adults living with diabetes, ‘Straight to the Point’, which Jane co-authored. She has also written three book chapters, and authored countless journal and peer reviewed articles.

Jane specialises in

  • Type 1 diabetes – adult
  • Type 2 diabetes in youth
  • Adolescence – transition
  • Insulin pump therapy
  • Continuous glucose monitoring
  • Hypoglycaemia, hyperglycaemia and complication minimisation
  • Weight management
  • Diabetes and exercise