Australian Centre for Behavioural Research in Diabetes

Diabetes is the fastest growing chronic condition in Australia, affecting 1.7 million Australians and increasing at epidemic proportions. Diabetes is progressive, places a significant burden of self-management on the individual, and is known to impair quantity and quality of life. Psychological problems (eg. mood and eating disorders) are more common in people with diabetes than the general population and are associated with sub-optimal glycaemic control and the development of long-term complications.

However, the psychological wellbeing of people with diabetes is not routinely assessed, and the psychological aspects of self-management are often unrecognised, leaving many with unmet needs.

The newly established Australian Centre for Behavioural Research in Diabetes is the result of a partnership for better health between Diabetes Australia, Victoria and Deakin Universit. The Centre provides a national focus and leadership for applied behavioural, psychological and social research in diabetes.

One of the Centre's primary activities in 2011 is the Diabetes-MILES study, a national survey of National Diabetes Services Scheme registrants about the psychosocial aspects of living with diabetes. The results will allow for a better understanding of the motivators, behaviours and psychological needs of Australians with diabetes. This survey is the largest of its kind ever undertaken in Australia.

The Centre's website also provides links to other ongoing diabetes research projects, and links to publications on the behavioural aspects of diabetes.

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