ACBRD at the virtual Australasian Diabetes Congress (ADC)

ACBRD staff and students contributed to 6 invited symposia, 2 oral presentations and 11 e-posters, across the 3-day virtual congress

ADC is the Annual Scientific Meeting hosted by the Australian Diabetes Society (ADS) and the Australian Diabetes Educators Association (ADEA). This year, it was the only diabetes conference in Australia running over three days that brought together national and international experts to promote the latest research and clinical practices.

From 11th to 13th Nov, the ACBRD team spoke on topics including closed loop systems, mental health, disordered eating and complications.

On Wednesday 11th Nov, Jennifer Halliday spoke about the pilot evaluation of a diabetes distress e-learning for diabetes educators in the Best of the Best ADEA Posters: Best Poster & Best Novice Poster Prize Session. This first ACBRD presentation at the Virtual Congress was a highlight of #20ADC, winning the Roche Best Oral Presentation Award. Halliday joined the ADEA in a podcast earlier this year discussing the evidence that supports the integration of the emotional aspects of diabetes into routine holistic care, listen here.

On Thursday 12th Nov, Dr Christel Hendrieckx and Prof Jane Speight presented in the JDRF Adult Hybrid Closed Loop symposium. On Friday 13th Nov, they joined Diabetes Australia’s Renza Scibilia and Greg Johnson for a live panel discussion on the importance of diabetes and mental health. Later that day, Dr Hendrieckx chaired a symposium on pregnancy, while Prof Speight gave invited presentations on how to talk about diabetes-related complications, and an update on trials of behavioural and psychosocial interventions in diabetes.

During the 3-day congress, we contributed 11 e-posters on a wide range of topics. Each of these was presented as a 3-min video (links below), which you can view at your leisure using the links below:

Abstract #12: Starting Insulin: co-design of a booklet to support informed decision making among Australians with type 2 diabetes (Holmes-Truscott et al)

Abstract #39: I need someone to believe in me and walk the journey with me: A qualitative analysis of preferred approaches to weight management discussions in clinical care among adults with T2D (Geerling et al)

Abstract #56: Online-survey regarding glucose testing at home during pregnancy with diabetes. Preliminary results (Ng et al)*

Abstract #70: ‘Is Insulin Right for Me?’ Development of a theory-informed, web-based resource for reducing psychological barriers to insulin therapy among adults with type 2 diabetes (Holloway et al)

Abstract #71: Feasibility and acceptability of a web-based intervention to reduce psychological barriers to insulin therapy among adults with type 2 diabetes: a two-armed pilot randomised controlled trial of ‘Is Insulin Right for Me?’ (Holmes-Truscott et al)

Abstract #86: Associations between concern about complications and demographic, clinical and self-care factors in Australian adults with recently diagnosed type 2 diabetes (Lake et al)

Abstract #99: Navigating the challenges of open-source artificial pancreas systems: a qualitative study (Schipp et al)

Abstract #103: Diabetes distress experienced by inbound callers to the National Diabetes Services Scheme Helpline: A ‘snapshot’ survey (Holloway et al)

Abstract #162: Integrating psychological support into diabetes care: how is Australia doing and how can we do better? (Gray et al)

Abstract #225: Impact of COVID-19 pandemic and stay-at-home restrictions on quality of life, emotional health and behavioural risk factors among adults with type 2 diabetes (Sacre et al)*

Abstract #242: Psychological correlates and agenda setting in young adults with type 1 diabetes: Results from an observational study (Wyld et al)*

ACBRD Schedule at ADC 2020

* Contributions from the ACBRD team, but not ACBRD led; this includes the 2nd oral presentation:

Understanding gestational diabetes – incorporating the lived experience of women in the update of videos for gestational diabetes management. (ORAL). Arambasic N, Morrison M, Audehm R, Barry A, Hendrieckx C, Nankervis A, Ross G, Porter C.

NB. Dr Shikha Gray will be presenting a webinar about integrating psychological support into diabetes care on Wednesday 16th December. Register here.