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Collaboration opportunities

We are always interested in collaborating with clinicians, policy makers and researchers on new initiatives, in research, evaluation and implementation. We also have a number of datasets (see Diabetes MILES studies), which offer opportunities for data analysis and publications. If you are interested, please send an email to

Employment/volunteer opportunities

We are always keen to hear from people who are interested in conducting behavioural diabetes research. Postdoctoral researchers are encouraged to contact us to discuss and develop projects that can be the subject of scholarship and fellowship funding applications. Internships and research placements may also be available.
Email your CV and why you’re interested in working / volunteering with us to

PhD scholarship opportunities 

Online biopsychosocial training to prevent severe hypoglycaemia in adults with type 1 diabetes
A joint HDR scholarship between Baker Heart and Diabetes Institute & Deakin University 

Deakin Supervisors: Professor Jane Speight, Dr Christel Hendrieckx
Baker Supervisor: Associate Professor Neale Cohen, Professor Jonathan Shaw

Project Description: With the rapidly advancing technologies of smartphones and hypoglycaemia, improve awareness of hypoglycaemic symptoms, and reduce fear of hypoglycaemia among adults with type 1 diabetes. This will be based upon: a) improved hypoglycaemia management techniques, and b) fear management techniques. We will pilot and then conduct a randomised controlled trial of a fully online intervention for adults with type 1 diabetes, incorporating elements of HypoCOMPaSS and BGAT. These are both evidence-based approaches (published in leading journal Diabetes Care), which are effective in reducing severe hypoglycaemia and fear of hypoglycaemia when delivered face-to-face. We will also conduct qualitative research to understand participants’ experiences of the intervention and the extent to which they can put the training/skills into practice in their everyday lives. We have already collaborated with the Baker Heart & Diabetes Institute to demonstrate, for the first time in Australia, the prevalence of severe hypoglycaemia and its impact on psychological well-being among adults with type 1 diabetes in their clinic population (published in Diabetes Research and Clinical Practice). The proposed research will strengthen and further that collaboration, based upon our previous research, and enable a fully online hypoglycaemia prevention and fear management training to be evaluated. Further, if proven effective, we have the means to make this available to all Australians affected by hypoglycaemia through our strong relationships with Diabetes Victoria, Diabetes Australia and the National Diabetes Services Scheme. Currently, there is no fully online intervention available globally, so this has great potential for improving health and strong publications.

Applications close 5pm, Wednesday 31 October 2018.
More information, including eligibility criteria and how to apply, is available on the Deakin University website.

How do people with type 1 diabetes navigate the challenges of “DIY” diabetes technologies? 
A joint HDR scholarship between Deakin University & the University of Copenhagen

Deakin Supervisors: Professor Jane Speight, Dr Christel Hendrieckx
Copenhagen Supervisors: Professor Tim Skinner

Diabetes Australia Supervisor: Renza Scibilia

Project Description: With the rapidly advancing technologies of smartphones and wearable technologies, individuals with type 1 diabetes around the world have started to take the initiative in developing their own hardware and software technologies to improve the management of their diabetes. Many are not prepared to wait for industry to provide ‘cutting edge’ technologies and connections between devices, as the regulatory procedures involved, and the necessity to trial devices for safety and efficacy, inevitably means these are slow to become available commercially. This has resulted in a movement of people with diabetes developing their own glucose management systems – so-called “DIY” artificial pancreas systems (APS) and “looping” technologies. There is no systematic body of evidence available to inform how to best support people with diabetes and their health professionals in this “brave new world”. So, this research will be at the forefront of the most cutting-edge efforts to improve the health and wellbeing of people living with type 1 diabetes. We will supervise a PhD candidate to conduct a program of research to provide insights into the experiences of “DIY APS” and “looping” technologies among people with diabetes and how they would like to be supported by their healthcare professionals. The supervisors have a long and successful track record of working together. The proposed research will strengthen and further those collaborations, based upon our previous research. We will encourage the PhD candidate to complete their PhD thesis by publication and we anticipate a series of publications in high impact journals.

Applications close 5pm, Wednesday 31 October 2018.
More information, including eligibility criteria and how to apply, is available. Please see the Deakin University website.

Other PhD opportunities

The ACBRD has a large and varied research program into the behavioural, psychological and social aspects of living with diabetes. We currently have a number of projects in development that would be suitable for research towards a PhD for suitably qualified candidates.

If you are interested in undertaking a PhD, please send an email to Please include your CV and a 500-word summary of your research interest and why you are suited to conducting a PhD at the Centre.