3 February 2017
Eye health leaflets updated
In 2015, The ACBRD, with support from Vision 2020 Australia, Centre for Eye Research Australia and Diabetes Victoria completed a comprehensive study of factors affecting retinal screening for people living with type 2 diabetes . We used the information to develop and evaluate two eye health and retinal screening promotion leaflets (the executive summary of our final report can be accessed here). Each leaflet was designed to assist readers to understand the factors that may cause diabetes-related eye damage and provide information on what they can do protect themselves.

The leaflets were reviewed and updated in 2016. The current version for young adults (aged 18-39 years) is available here and the other for adults aged 40+ years is available here. For more information on how you can protect your sight, or support others living with diabetes, visit Diabetes Victoria, Diabetes Australia or Vision 2020 Australia.  

20 December 2016
MILES-2 Survey Report released. "Free download here"
In 2015 the ACBRD conducted the second Diabetes MILES – Australia survey (MILES-2). This second Australian national survey was an opportunity to examine whether the same concerns as those identified in 2011 remained, and to explore emerging issues in the psychological, social and behavioural aspects of diabetes. A summary report was released in December 2016 and can be accessed here.  

'Read more here'
7 December 2016
ACBRD at the International Conference of Behavioural Medicine (ICBM) 2016
The ACBRD team they will be representing the behavioural aspects of living with diabetes at the ICBM conference in Melbourne, 7-10 December 2016.  

'Read more here'
6 December 2016
Diabetes and Emotional Health resources for health professionals: now available for free download
The Diabetes and Emotional Health handbook aims to support health professionals to identify, address and communicate about emotional health problems during consultations with adults with type 1 and type 2 diabetes. It is complemented by a toolkit containing summary cards of several chapters, questionnaires, and factsheets for people with diabetes.

'Read more here'
15 November 2016
New app launched: Diabetic Macular Oedema XPLAINED
A new app that explains diabetic macular oedema, a common complication of diabetes, was launched on Word Diabetes Day (14 Nov). The app, Diabetic Macular Oedema XPLAINED, uses storytelling and plain language to explain what diabetic macular oedema is, and how to detect, treat and prevent it.

'Read more here'
22 August 2016
Once again the ACBRD team have a strong pressence at the ADS ADEA confernce. If you are attending why don't you pop by our expo stand to hear about what we are up to at the conference and get more information about our research.

'Read more here'
3 June 2016
ACBRD at ADA 2016
Attending the 76th ADA Scientific Meeting? Read here to see where you can see the team from the ACBRD

'Read more here'

22 December 2015
ACBRD's 2015 Highlights 
ACBRD had another successful year! Watch here a short film which was developed to highlight just some of ACBRD's major achievements this year
'Read more here'

30 November 2015
ACBRD @ WDC 2015 
ACBRD has a pressence at World Diabetes Congress (30 Nov - 4 Dec 2015), Vancouver Canada
'Read more here'

20 August 2015
ACBRD @ ADS ADEA Conference 2015 
Again ACBRD have a meaningful and joyful presence at the ADS ADEA conference in Adelaide
'Read more here'

16 July 2015
Diabetes Australia
Psychological wellbeing a serious issue for teenagers with diabetes and families
'Read more here'

12 July 2015
Diabetes Austalia
3 out of 4 Australians underestimate the diabetes epidemic
'Read more here'

14 July 2015
Deakin University
Diabetes hits 280 new Australians each day
'Read more here'

9 July 2015
Deakin University
Prof Jane Speight is busting the myths about type 2 diabetes
'Read more here'

12 June 2015
American Diabetes Assocation 75th Scientific Meeting
Prof Jane Speight was amoung the top 10 influencers at #2015ADA
'Read more here'

30 April 2015
Diabetes Victoria & Deakin University
5 year collaboration celebrates better quality of life for people with diabetes
'Read more here'

6 January 2015
MEDIA RELEASE: Young adults with diabetes face mental health challenges -  by Dr Jessica Browne
'Read more here'

23 March 2015
Diabetes MILES - 2 now live!
Diabetes MILES - 2 is a survey for Australian adults with type 1 or type 2 diabetes.
'Read more here'

21 November 2014
MEDIA RELEASE: Diabetes stigma article in The Washington Post - Dr Jessica Browne was quoted in a recent article highlighting the issue of diabetes stigma.
'Read more here'

2nd October 2014
MEDIA RELEASE: Study finds type 1 and type 2 diabetes are equally psychologically challenging in young adults. 'Read the press release here' .

18th September 2014
MEDIA RELEASE: The ACBRD is the proud winner of the Council of Academic Public Health Institutions of Australia (CAPHIA) inaugural Team Award for Excellence and Innovation in Public Health Research. 'Read the CAPHIA press release here'.

29th August 2014
MEDIA RELEASE: Symposium on diabetes distress and depression at ADS/ADEA 2014 conference chaired by Prof Jane Speight was reported by NineMSN. Read the story "here".

2nd September 2014
MEDIA RELEASE: "Diabetes Educators Update" reported about Prof Jane Speight and her chaired symposium focusing on diabetes distress and depression at ADS/ADEA 2014 conference. Read the story "here".

8th August 2014
MEDIA RELEASE: MILES Youth Study, will be the largest ever study to focus on the psychological wellbeing of young Australians living with diabetes.This pioneering study will assess the impact of diabetes-related distress, anxiety and depression. Click here for more details.

30th June 2014
Diabates Stigma - a real problem! ACBRD researchers Dr Jessica Browne and Adriana Ventura recently led a crowd-funding initiative. The Pozible project aimed at raising funds for diabetes stigma research, and we were thrilled when they were successful in this endeavour. With two weeks to spare in their campaign, Jessica and Adriana raised a total of $5,427. This money will help fund a national survey that will be carried out later this year. Click here for more details.

31st May 2014
Check out the results of the eagerly awaited HypoCOMPaSS trial, demonstrating that severe hypoglycaemia can be prevented and awareness of hypoglycaemic symptoms restored in people with long-standing type 1 diabetes. Click here for more details.

11 November 2013
The ACBRD won the Deakin University Vice Chancellor's Award for 'Outstanding Contribution to Partnerships' (Value Category) for 2013, in recognition of the excellence of our team's contribution to furthering the vision of the university's strategic plan LIVE the future: Agenda 2020.

7th January 2013
REVAMP-IT exercise study looking for people with Type 2 diabetes aged 50-75 years. Start the new year with a free bone density, body composition, cholesterol, blood lipids and vitamin D assessment. Click here for more information

28 November 2013
Short film about ACBRD launched - click here to watch!

3rd October
Researchers at the Australian Catholic University and The Australian Centre for Behavioural Research in Diabetes are collaborating on a study about physical activity in type 2 diabetes. If you have type 2 diabetes, we would like to hear about your experiences with physical activity, the benefits and challenges of being physically active, and what you think you need in order to be physically active. You can help us by volunteering to take part in an online survey (before 31 October) and provide us with your views and experiences. Everyone who takes part will go into a draw to win one of two mini iPads.

To complete the survey Please Click Here
To find out more about the study, go to the Diabetes PACT website or contact Brittany Ager.

3rd October 2013
You can help us by volunteering to take part in an online survey (before 31 October) and provide us with your views and experiences about physical activity in type 2 diabetes. Everyone who takes part will go into a draw to win one of two mini iPads.
To complete the survey Please Click Here
To find out more about the study, go to the Diabetes PACT website or contact Brittany Ager.

25 July 2013
Key Topics page updated! We'd love to hear suggestions for other topics of interest to you! Click here to contact us.
26 August 2013
Dr Christel Hendrieckx and Associate Professor Alica Jenkins will be talking about the fear of hypoglycaemia, dead in bed syndrome and current research findings at the Melbourne Diabetes and Mental Health Network Meeting on the 4 September 2013 in Melbourne. Click here to contact Lauren Tyrrell for further event details.

14 July 2013
Prof Jane Speight and Dr Jessica Browne from the ACBRD recently attended the American Diabetes Association conference in Chicago. Click here to see the highlights

27 May 2013
The ACBRD and NDSS are pleased to announce a new opportunity to participate in research. Click on the ‘Take Part’ page to find out about how you can contribute to the development of online tools for monitoring the emotional aspects of diabetes management.

13 May 2013
MJA Insight published “Are metro endocrinologists doing what GPs can do just as well?” by our collaborators Prof James Dunbar and Prof Timothy Skinner based on findings from Diabetes MILES – Australia. Read the article.

18 March 2013
Dr Jessica Browne was interviewed by the Diabetes Educator Update in regards to the ACBRD paper about young adults with type 2 diabetes. You can read the full article here.

9 April 3013
Rural educators compensate for specialist shortage. Diabetes educators and primary care services are filling the gap left by a specialist shortage in rural Australia - our findings from Diabetes MILES - Australia suggest.

4 March 2013
New publication: “Challenging evidence and assumptions: is there a role for self-monitoring of blood glucose in people with type 2 diabetes not using insulin?".

14 November 2012
Two articles published for World Diabetes Day and National Psychology Week: "Managing diabetes and preventing complication: what makes the difference?"  "How psychological support can help people living with diabetes"

7 November 2012
A commentary entitled "Managing diabetes and preventing complications: what makes the difference?", written by Prof Jane Speight, has been accepted for publication in the Medical Journal of Australia. It is due to be published online on World Diabetes Day with print publication to follow shortly after.

24 October 2012

An oral presentation from Diabetes MILES - Australia on the well-being and social concerns of severely obese people with type 2 diabetes won first prize for clinical research at the recent Australia and New Zealand Obesity Society conference in Auckland. The abstract was published in the October 2012 Supplement of Obesity Research and Clinical Practice. Thanks to A/Prof John Dixon from Baker IDI for leading and presenting this work.

17 October 2012
The Diabetes Australia position statement entitled "A new language for diabetes: Improving communications with and about people with diabetes" has been published in Diabetes Research and Clinical Practice. Written by Prof Jane Speight and colleagues, this extended version of the position statement includes practical examples of terms to be avoided and suggested alternative language, as well as supporting references. Click here to view the article.

10 October 2012
Congratulations to Diabetes Australia – Vic which, in partnership with the ACBRD and Mater Health Services (Brisbane), has been successful in securing funding from the Australian Department of Health and Ageing (DOHA) Chronic Disease Service Improvement Fund to provide a national initiative known as the 'Teens Empowered to Actively Manage Type 1 diabetes' (TEAM T1 Project).

Based on the established Dose Adjustment For Normal Eating (DAFNE) program for adults with type 1 diabetes, TEAM T1 is a structured, self-management education program for adolescents with type 1 diabetes and their parents. Successfully piloted with 19 adolescents and their parents in 2010, TEAM T1 will be implemented nationally in 10 diabetes centres over three years, commencing July 2012. Evaluation of the implementation and outcomes of the project will be overseen by Prof Jane Speight and the ACBRD. For more information on the TEAM T1 Project, contact the project manager, Virginia Hagger.

8 October 2012
ACBRD now have an official presence on Twitter. You can follow us @ACBRD.

18 September 2012
Now it's even easier to keep up with ACBRD's news. You can follow Prof Jane Speight on Twitter: @janespeight or keep up to date with all our tweets by typing #ACBRD.

14 May 2012
The Diabetes MILES - Australia 2011 Survey Report was launched today in Sydney and is now available to researchers, health professionals and people with diabetes. Click here to read the study report or here to read the media release.

5 September 2012
Prof Jane Speight was recently interviewed by the 'Diabetes Educators Update' about the findings from the Diabetes MILES-Australia 2011 Survey. To view the interview click here.

27 Feb 2012
Click here to read a narrative review of the impact of hypoglycaemia on the quality of life and patient-reported outcomes of people Type 2 diabetes, authored by Jane Speight and colleagues in the US and UK.

 14 Feb 2012
"Back off, fatists – obesity blame-games don’t help anyone" published in the online 'newspaper' The Conversation last week. Click here to read the article, written by Browne and Speight,  and check out the readers comments.