Dr Sheila Cook is the Director of Diabetes and Endocrinology at Toowoomba Hospital, and Deputy Director of Clinical Training at the University of Queensland Rural Clinical School, Toowoomba. She completed her specialist endocrine and obstetric medicine training in Brisbane and since arriving at Toowoomba Hospital in 2006, she has established the Diabetes in Pregnancy Clinic, the Endocrine and Diabetes Services, Acute Medical Unit and Outreach Diabetes Service.
Dr Cook is passionate about education and improving the partnerships with rural hospitals so that people can enjoy high-quality diabetes care in their own communities. She works in close partnership with GPs in her region and the six rural hospitals that provide antenatal care to women in the Darling Downs Hospital and Health Service.
Dr. Cook is currently working on a website that provides point-of-care diabetes guidelines for primary care providers and rural hospitals. Her research work has focused on gestational diabetes, diabetic ketoacidosis and the role of dietary interventions to improve clinical outcomes for people with type 1 diabetes. In 2016, she commenced a PhD, while continuing to wrangle her four children, ten chickens, one dog, one cat and multiple fish.