How do people with type 1 diabetes navigate the challenges of “DIY” diabetes technologies?


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.