The Australian Centre for Behavioural Research in Diabetes is the first national research centre in Australia and internationally, dedicated to investigating the behavioural, psychological and social aspects of diabetes. The Centre’s focus is improving the quality of life of all people with diabetes and their families. The Centre, established in 2010, is a partnership for better health between Diabetes Victoria and Deakin University

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Our objectives
  • To be a national research centre, creating knowledge and impact
  • To be a national resource for clinicians, researchers, and policy makers
  • To be a national voice, raising awareness, and influencing policy and practice (at local and national levels)

The Centre is committed to leading, conducting, facilitating and collaborating in a wide variety of behavioural and social research projects. The results will further our understanding of how to help people with diabetes, their families and carers, and those most at risk of developing diabetes.

The Centre is also concerned to use this evidence base to inform good practice so that our health system and society can better support all people affected by diabetes. This includes:
  • Communication between health professionals and people with diabetes
  • The development and/or improvement of services for people with diabetes at key stages in their lives, e.g. transition from adolescence to adulthood, pregnancy, older age
  • Development of diabetes self-management education and self-management support programs for people with type 1 and type 2 diabetes
  • Social marketing and public awareness campaigns

Our partners
Since 1953 Diabetes Victoria has been the peak consumer body and leading charity representing all people affected by diabetes and those at risk. Our purpose is to minimise the impact of diabetes in the community, to  help all people affected by diabetes and to contribute to the search for a Cure. Our work covers type 1, type 2 and gestational diabetes, as well as  programs for people at risk.
Deakin University aims to be a catalyst for positive change for the individuals and communities it serves. This will be achieved, in part, by  ensuring that its research and partnerships are relevant, innovative, and  responsive. The Faculty of Health is a global leader in a number of research areas producing distinctive high quality research that makes a differences to people’s lives.

Employment/ Scholarship Opportunities

The ACBRD conducts research into the behavioural, psychological and social aspects of living with diabetes. We currently have a number of key projects in development that would be suitable for PhD research. If you are interested in undertaking a PhD click here for more information.