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The ACBRD celebrates the graduation of Dr Amelia Lake

We congratulate Dr Amelia Lake [1], who was awarded her PhD in 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 [2], a Vision 2020 Australia [3]-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 [4]via the Deakin University library. Study findings have also been published as three peer-reviewed journal articles (1 [5], 2 [6], 3 [7]).

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 [3], and in collaboration with Diabetes Victoria [8]. Download a copy here. [9]

Congratulations Dr Amelia Lake!