We congratulate Dr Amelia Lake, who was awarded her PhD in Health Psychology at a graduation ceremony at Deakin University’s Geelong Waterfront campus on Wednesday 20 June.
Amelia joined the ACBRD in 2013 to manage the Diabetes and Eye Health Project, a Vision 2020 Australia-funded program to promote retinal screening for those at increased risk of vision loss from diabetic retinopathy. Amelia’s program of PhD research involved the development and evaluation of an evidence-based eye health resource (leaflet) for young adults with type 2 diabetes, one of the key priority populations within the Diabetes and Eye Health project. This resource was informed by a mixed-methods needs assessment which identified knowledge and attitudes about diabetic retinopathy, and screening behaviours, among this population. Amelia’s thesis, entitled: “Reducing Risk of Vision Loss for Young Adults with Type 2 Diabetes” is available for download via the Deakin University library. Study findings have also been published as three peer-reviewed journal articles (1, 2, 3).
In addition to the eye health leaflet for young adults, Amelia led the development of a leaflet tailored to older adults with type 2 diabetes. Presented in an engaging format, each leaflet contains evidence-based information, designed to promote optimal eye health care and encourage uptake of retinal screening. The leaflets were developed with funding from Vision 2020 Australia, and in collaboration with Diabetes Victoria. Download a copy here.
Congratulations Dr Amelia Lake!