Media Appearances

Click below to see the ACBRD featured in health media, general media, and podcasts.

Health Media

Lots about lows

18 December 2020 | Diabetogenic

It seems that my life has been all about hypoglycaemia lately. Not because I have been scrambling about with low glucose levels, but because it has been taking up a considerable number of my work hours and focus. Diabetes Australia has been running The Lowdown 2020, and I’ve been hosting a podcast (to be released in 2021) for HypoRESOLVE.


Fighting Stigma Through Language in Diabetes

25 November 2020 | Dr Mohan’s Diabetes Specialities Centre

The word stigma stands for “a mark of shame or discredit” in the dictionary. And nowhere is the perception of stigma more prevalent than in the world of health and disease. A prime example is the Covid-19 pandemic. Fear, anxiety, confusion and lack of knowledge are provoking social stigma all over the world, putting healthcare workers and patients at risk: isolation, ostracisation to violence.


Could Your Stress Actually Be Diabetes Distress?

23 November 2020 | diaTribe

Have you ever felt frustrated, angry, or stressed while managing your diabetes? You’re not alone – many people have a hard time coping with the emotional demands of diabetes management. In fact, the term “diabetes distress” is used to describe the experience of negative emotions that come from the challenges of living with diabetes.


Le pouvoir du langage : langage et diabète, un outil au service d’une philosophie du soin (The power of language: language and diabetes, a tool serving a philosophy of care) 

14 November 2020 | Diabetopole

Have you ever cringed when hearing someone ask you if “you could eat this dessert” or if “your diabetes was well controlled”? The language used by healthcare professionals and relatives is often very far from our reality as a person with diabetes. The terms used are generally dramatic and negative. These words play a major role in the way we live and perceive our diabetes. They are also the link between us and our caregivers during consultations. What if at the end of the day, language was as important as insulin in taking care of us?


Uso del Lenguaje en Diabetes (Use of Language in Diabetes)

4 November 2020 | Dulcesito Para Mi

We often find ourselves in environments where the use of language is not fully guarded. The right of every individual to be identified as he or she prefers is undeniable. Labeling yourself, naming yourself, and naming yourself is a decision of your own that cannot be rejected. You decide how you want to see yourself in front of others and, although much of the image that we represent will depend to a large extent on our actions and behaviors, specifying the way in which we prefer to be named is very sensible.


New Language Matters website offers guidance for diabetes healthcare teams

19 October 2020 | JDRF UK

The Language Matters movement has encouraged healthcare professionals around the world to consider the language they use when talking to people with diabetes. Now the guidance has been brought together in one place – making it easier than ever for clinicians to access and learn from it, says our Research Communications Manager, Conor McKeever.


Staying strong: your mental health matters

19 October 2020 | Diabetes Victoria 

2020 has been a year full of challenges, with COVID-19 the most significant. Victorians have had it tough with stricter and longer lockdown periods than the rest of the country. During this period, some of us have lost jobs, struggled to juggle work-life and home-life as well as helping our kids through online learning - all placing a strain on our mental health.


Our Covid-19 response: Improving health and wellbeing

1 October 2020 | Deakin University 


Celebrating 10 Years of the ACBRD

24 August 2020 | Bittersweet Diagnosis 

Recently the Australian Centre for Behavioural Research in Diabetes (ACBRD) celebrated their 10th anniversary. I was honoured to be invited to share what this significant milestone meant for me as a person living with diabetes at their webinar event. The more I reflected on this, the more I realised the enormous ripple effect that research on the psychosocial, emotional and mental wellbeing of diabetes has on the diabetes community.


ACBRD celebrates 10 year milestone

20 August 2020 | The Limbic

The Australian centre that has put the psycho-social and behavioural aspects of diabetes in the spotlight is celebrating its 10th anniversary. Since 2010, the Australian Centre for Behavioural Research in Diabetes (ACBRD) in Melbourne has been focusing on what it is like for people to live with diabetes – and how to improve both health and quality of life.


Diabetes Australia CEO Professor Greg Johnson celebrates the 10th birthday of the ACBRD

20 August 2020 | Diabetes Australia

A special message from Diabetes Australia CEO Professor Greg Johnson to the team at The Australian Centre of Behavioural Research in Diabetes, who are celebrating the Centre's 10th anniversary this week!


Growing up with diabetes

19 August 2020 | Diabetes Victoria

This month we’re shinning a light on our youth. More specifically, young people living with type 1 and type 2 diabetes transitioning into adulthood. This transition is a particularly important time as young people begin to gain more independence in their diabetes management.


People with diabetes hit hard by pandemic

14 July 2020 | Hospital + Healthcare

This year, National Diabetes Week (12–18 July) will focus on supporting the emotional and mental health of people living with diabetes, and will draw attention to gaps in diabetes services and care.


 Australians with diabetes take a double hit from COVID-19

13 July 2020 | Diabetes Queensland

People with diabetes have been hit extra hard by the COVID-19 pandemic. Not only has the pandemic impacted their physical health – with disrupted access to diabetes services and the higher risk of serious COVID-19 related illness – but for more than 40% of people with diabetes, COVID-19 has had a negative impact on their mental or emotional health.


Millions with diabetes take a double hit from COVID-19

13 July 2020 | Diabetes NSW & ACT

People with diabetes have been hit extra hard by the COVID-19 pandemic. Not only has the pandemic impacted their physical health – with disrupted access to diabetes services and the higher risk of serious COVID-19 related illness – but for more than 40% of people with diabetes, COVID-19 has had a negative impact on their mental or emotional health.


“Keep SAFE”: a behavioural vaccine for COVID-19

8 June 2020 | InSight

Australia's Chief Medical Officer Brendan Murphy has said “we don’t know if and when a [medical] vaccine will come”. If it does not come, or if it takes the expected 12–18 months, we will have to utilise flexible methods to minimise and contain outbreaks and prevent a second wave.


Should every diabetes service have a psychologist?

16 April 2020 | Australian Diabetes Educator

As a clinical psychologist who has worked in diabetes for many years, I have observed that there has always been a core of practitioners with strong interests in the psychosocial aspects of the condition, and a strong commitment to disseminating their skills.


Covid-19: Coping with an extraordinary situation

1 April 2020 | Diabetes Victoria

Although the coronavirus has created new, and in some ways unprecedented challenges, the community response is in many instances encouraging. This is reflected in the advice being offered by individuals and organisations, including Diabetes Victoria, on how to manage this crisis.


Ben West - Fixing diabetes, changing the conversation

1 April 2020 | My Artificial Pancreas

It’s hard to write about Ben West without “feeling it deep in the heart” as Weston Nordgren put it so well on Twitter.I’ve been fascinated by Ben ever since I discovered the lengths he went to to liberate diabetes data over a five year period, starting in 2009. Ben’s work, Decocare, formed the central part of the OpenAPS toolkit he developed in collaboration with Dana Lewis and Scott Leibrand.


Diabetes distress, body dissatisfaction may flag disordered eating risk in adolescence

13 March 2020 | Medicine Matters

The presence of diabetes distress and body dissatisfaction may warn of a high risk for disordered eating in adolescents with type 1 diabetes, show data from the Diabetes MILES Youth–Australia study.


No flash results from CGM study in T2D

30 January 2020 | The Limbic

Use of professional-mode flash glucose monitoring in adults with type 2 diabetes does not result in improved HbA1c or diabetes-related distress, Australian research has found. However the study conducted across 25 general practices in Victoria found the intervention did improve the time spent in the target glucose range over 12 months.


Language matters (language is important)

28 January 2020 | Diabefem 

Language Matters, or what is the same, language is important, in whatever language it is. Not only in English. The language movement in health is not new, not in diabetes either. In 2012 Diabetes Australia made its statement: improve communication with and about people with diabetes.


Sensitive language: Please do not say “diabetic” anymore

6 January 2020 | Deutsches Ärzteblatt (German Medical Journal)

At diabetes congresses and in specialist publications, one constantly encounters "poorly attuned diabetics" who are "lacking in adherence to therapy" and who therefore "have to undergo lifestyle intervention". There is an urgent need to change this language, says blogger, journalist and patient Antje Thiel.


Factors influencing self-management in patients with type 2 diabetes in general practice: a qualitative study

January 2020 | The Lamp: The magazine of the NSW nurses and midwives

Over the past three decades, the prevalence of diagnosed type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM) has tripled, with 1.26 million Australians currently living with T2DM. T2DM is a progressive chronic disease, which requires effective management to prevent complications. In Australia, general practice plays a key roles in supporting self-management.

9 things that people with diabetes wish their doctor would understand

12 December 2019 | The Limbic

People with diabetes are generally satisfied with the care they get from their doctors but many believe they lack understanding of what the disease really means for the patient in everyday life.


‘Upskilling’ healthcare providers could address concerns of people with diabetes

12 December 2019 | medwireNews

A large survey has uncovered a number of issues that particularly frustrate people with diabetes during their interactions with their healthcare providers. These include providers having a poor understanding of how it is to live with diabetes, giving generic advice, and not fully appreciating the person’s own expertise in their diabetes.


A recap of solution-focused sessions from IDF Congress 2019

11 December 2019 | A Fresh POV for You! 

I just recently returned from the International Diabetes Federation Congress, in Busan, Korea. A few of our readers made it to this conference, along with many more friends from the diabetes community who presented interesting sessions that we @AFreshPOVforYou thought you might appreciate.


On World Diabetes Day, check whether you’re at risk

14 November 2019 | Your Life Choices

On World Diabetes Day, the focus is on encouraging the millions of people around the world with type 2 diabetes to take note of the warning signs, see their health professional and heed his or her advice.


Type 1 diabetes severe hypoglycemia predictors identified in HypoCOMPaSS analysis

10 September 2019 | Medicine Matters

Researchers have identified factors that predict repeated very low blood sugar among adults with type 1 diabetes who have suboptimal awareness of hypoglycemia.


Complacent beliefs drive problematic hypo

21 August 2019 | The Limbic

People with recurrent severe hypoglycaemia or impaired awareness of hypoglycaemia have a set of beliefs that normalise or minimise any concerns about their low blood glucose levels and prioritise avoidance of hyperglycaemia.


On-Site reporting from ADA 2019, San Francisco

5 July 2019 | Ascensia Diabetes Care

Day Three: The Emotional Toll Of Diabetes Complications - What Have We Done For Them Lately? This was the title of an ADA session led by a panel of people with diabetes, including familiar faces from the Diabetes Online Community - it was fantastic! Empathy, compassion, and language ALL matter in life and life with diabetes.


Celebrating the enduring impact of a Vision 2020 Australia-funded program of PhD Research

4 July 2019 | Vision Initiative

Dr Amelia Lake discusses the Diabetes and Eye Health project, funded by Vision 2020 Australia.


Highlights from American Diabetes Association Scientific Sessions (Part 1): Focus on Behavioral Health

26 June 2019 | A Fresh POV for You! 

We are quickly back to work, with the first stop post vacation at The American Diabetes Association Scientific Sessions in San Francisco. A Fresh POV for You attended some inspiring sessions, particularly those focused around behavioral health. We thought we’d share highlights from several that were particularly impactful.


ADA Scientific Sessions (#ADA2019): Loads of Learning, Connecting and Recommitting

17 June 2019 | American Association of Diabetes Educators

Once again I attended the American Diabetes Association’s Scientific Sessions (ADA Sci Sessions), held this year in the City by the Bay, San Francisco, June 7 – 11... The meeting experience for diabetes educators continues, year by year, to improve with more content on topics of interest to us – education innovation, behavior change, psychosocial impact of diabetes and interventions, nutrition, physical activity and more.


The Psychosocial Burden of T1D in the Teenage Years

23 May 2019 | JDRF

Adolescence comes with its own set of new challenges for any parent, but what is it like if your teenager also has type 1 diabetes (T1D)? Dr Adriana Ventura spoke at JDRF’s Type One Summit on the psychological impacts of T1D during the teenage years.


Interweb Jumble #34 – the IWD edit

8 March 2019 | Diabetogenic

It’s International Women’s Day and while I like to celebrate the incredible women in my life every day, I’m not above using the occasion to showcase some of the womenfolk in diabetes who have such an impact on our community.


Survey lifts lid on Diabetes stigma

7 May 2019 | Diabetes New Zealand

The diabetes stigma survey, the first of its kind in New Zealand, was carried out by Diabetes New Zealand last year. The results show that most people with diabetes encounter negative attitudes and prejudice that add to the stress of living with their condition.


Fear of hypoglycaemia: an unmet clinical challenge

5 March 2019 | Research Review Educational Series

This educational review examines fear of hypoglycaemia in adults with diabetes with a focus on supporting people with type 2 diabetes. It considers the impact on quality of life, and on self-management and clinical outcomes.


Diabetes NZ stigma survey

13 February 2019 | Sugar Research Advisory Service 

Diabetes New Zealand have announced the results of a survey investigating perceptions and stigma around diabetes. The results show that most Kiwis with diabetes encounter negative attitudes that add to the stress of their condition.

National program to minimise diabetes-related blindness

18 December 2018 | Deakin Invenio

A new health initiative has the potential to lower the risk of vision loss for 1.1 million Australians living with type 2 diabetes. A Deakin University researcher’s initiative is set to substantially reduce the risk of blindness for people with diabetes across Australia.


Survey lifts the lid on diabetes stigma in New Zealand

14 November 2018 | Pharmacy Today

“You shouldn’t be eating that.” “I don’t tell people I have diabetes.” “You’re not invited.” “You brought it on yourself.” These are just some of the kinds of comments highlighting that stigma for those living with diabetes is alive and well in New Zealand. A quarter of a million New Zealanders have been diagnosed with diabetes.


Survey reveals shaming and stigma faced by Kiwis with diabetes

1 November 2018 | HealthCentral.NZ

Health professionals have to be careful with their language and approach as they can contribute to the shame and guilt revealed by the first Kiwi diabetes stigma survey. Shaming and stereotyping mean that nearly 40 per cent of Kiwis avoid telling people they have diabetes, the first diabetes stigma survey carried out in New Zealand has found.


Survey lifts the lid on diabetes stigma in New Zealand

1 November 2018 | Diabetes New Zealand

“You shouldn’t be eating that.” “I don’t tell people I have diabetes.” “You’re not invited.” “You brought it on yourself.” These are just some of the kinds of comments highlighting that stigma for those living with diabetes is alive and well in New Zealand. A quarter of a million New Zealanders have been diagnosed with diabetes.


Public Perceptions of Diabetes: Type 2 Stereotypes

31 October 2018 | Diabetes Daily

In a recent article in Diabetes Daily, Sysy Morales noted that many folks who are dating are reticent about telling their date about diabetes. She explained how single people with diabetes could best present their condition to another. This got me thinking about how others have responded to my diabetes.


Co-Designing co-design

13 September 2018 | Diabetogenic

The first day of ADC was a hectic one for me. After the busy and generally well-received DIYAPS session, I had a break for lunch and then headed back to the same room as earlier in the day to co-chair a session on co-design.


Need to rebalance on severe hypoglycaemia: expert

7 September 2018 | The Limbic

People with type 1 diabetes continue to have unacceptably high rates of severe hypoglycaemia because there is too much emphasis on good glycaemic control and preventing long term complications over other important outcomes for patients, an Australian researcher says.


Day 3 at ADC

24 August 2018 | Type 1 Writes

Day 3 at the Australasian Diabetes Congress kicked off today with breakfast at the Adelaide Central Markets. I was absolutely flattered that Renza sacrificed participating in the 6.45am Novo Nordisk Fun Run to join myself, Ashley and Bionic Wookiee David for the best brekky in Adelaide! 


Day 2 at ADC

23 August 2018 | Type 1 Writes

Day 2 of the Australasian Diabetes Congress kicked off with a Plenary session covering communication in diabetes care. Even though she was only the understudy stepping in, I couldn’t think of a better person to cover this issue than Jane Speight of the Australian Centre for Behavioural Research in Diabetes (ACBRD).


Diabetes apps: regulation concerns grow

30 July 2018 | MJA Insight

Patients with diabetes should be warned about the potential for insulin dosing errors with glycaemic control smartphone apps, experts warn, as regulators struggle to oversee the rapidly growing sector. There are over 1500 diabetes apps available online – a number growing faster than any other health care sector, according to Dr Rahul Barmanray and Dr Esther Briganti, Melbourne endocrinologists writing in this week’s MJA.


Re-thinking the impact of diabetes

28 June 2018 | Deakin Invenio

A Deakin academic, whose Chair is funded by Diabetes Victoria, is one of 23 international experts working on a major new European Union project to reduce the burden and consequences of one of the condition’s most common and serious complications – hypoglycaemia.


Diabetes stress negatively impacts HbA1c

9 February 2018 | The Limbic

Diabetes-related distress in adolescents is strongly related to HbA1c and also mediates an association between depressive symptoms and glycaemic control. According to the latest findings from the Diabetes MILES Youth Study, more than a third (36%) of 13-19 year olds reported high levels of distress related to their diabetes.


Elevated diabetes distress linked to higher HbA1c in adolescent diabetes

2 Feb 2018 | Healio

Adolescents with type 1 diabetes who report a high level of diabetes distress are more likely to have higher HbA1c vs. patients reporting lower levels of distress, independent of depressive symptoms, according to findings published in Pediatric Diabetes.

Body image and eating problems linked to teenagers with type 1 diabetes

8 September 2017 | Diabetes.co.uk

A large proportion of teenagers with type 1 diabetes, especially girls, contend with disordered eating behaviours (DEB) and are not happy with their bodies, according to Australian researchers.


Many teens with type 1 diabetes report disordered eating

7 September 2017 | Medical Xpress

High rates of body dissatisfaction and disordered eating behaviors (DEB) are reported by adolescents with type 1 diabetes, particularly females, according to a study published online Aug. 30 in the International Journal of Eating Disorders.


We need to ‘up the ante’ on peer support

30 August 2017 | The Limbic

Peer support is a powerful but underused strategy that can help the 1.7 million people living with diabetes in Australia, a conference has heard.


Access to diabetes technology shouldn’t be decided by age: Diabetes Australia

30 August 2017 | The Limbic

Diabetes Australia has renewed its call to expand subsidised access to diabetes technologies to include adults at high risk of hypoglycaemia. Earlier this year the Federal government made good on a promise of a $54 million funding package over four years to subsidise continuous glucose monitoring for children and young adults under 21 years.


Starting a conversation: diabetes distress

14 July 2017 | Australian Journal of Pharmacy

As an accessible, and often more relaxed, healthcare environment, pharmacy can play a vital role in identifying and addressing diabetes distress, writes Leanne Philpott.


Islet cell transplants can be life changing

23 June 2017 | Limbic

People with type 1 diabetes live with lifestyle restrictions, blood glucose checks, insulin and other therapies, and always the possibility of hypoglycaemia. So how does life change for the relatively few people who’ve had the opportunity to receive an islet cell transplant?


Islet transplantation: positive step for people with type 1 diabetes

19 June 2017 | Deakin Invenio

Professor Jane Speight has spoken on the benefits and issues of islet cell transplantation at the world's leading diabetes conference.


Adolescents with good type 1 diabetes control have better long-term health outcomes

2 May 2017 | Diabetes.co.uk 

Adolescents with type 1 diabetes are more likely to have better long-term health outcomes if they maintain good HbA1c levels and regularly check their blood glucose. The study found these diabetes-related strengths provided resiliency during adolescence, a period of vulnerability for people with type 1 diabetes, and promoted positive diabetes outcomes.


Understanding the impact of diabetes stigma

27 April 2017 | Limbic

Can you describe the aim of your research in 10 words? To understand the nature, extent and impact of diabetes stigma. What do you know/have discovered about this topic so far? Not all people with diabetes experience stigmatisation as a result of their condition, but many do.


One in four people with diabetes do not want to use insulin

17 April 2017 | Diabetes AC

The research, conducted at the Australian Centre for Diabetes Behavioural Research, showed that psychological resistance to insulin treatment existed despite the recommendations of the patients’ doctors, with this group of reports more concerns or. Fears arose about of insulin therapy.


Why so many type 2 patients shun insulin

1 April 2017 | Australian Doctor Group

One in four people with type 2 diabetes are not willing to use insulin, according to research released by Diabetes Australia.


Psychological barriers to insulin therapy may delay timely treatments

30 March 2017 | Health Times

For many Australians with diabetes being told they need to start injecting insulin is scary. But delaying its use is risky to long-term health, experts warn.


Quarter of people with diabetes don’t want insulin

30 March 2017 | The Australian Journal of Pharmacy

New research shows that one in four Australians with type 2 diabetes are not willing to use insulin. And a new resource for health professionals has been released as a result.


Type 2 diabetes better managed in primary care

21 March 2017 | The Limbic

A new model of healthcare that gives practice nurses a stronger role in managing people with type 2 diabetes is associated with a higher uptake of insulin treatment and improved HbA1c.


Insulin initiation in primary care improves HbA1c levels

20 March 2017 | The Clinical Advisor

The “Stepping Up” model of care for type 2 diabetes patients was associated with increased insulin initiation rates in primary care, and improvements in glycated hemoglobin (HbA1c) without worsening emotional wellbeing, according to a study published in BMJ.


Practice nurse model improves primary care diabetes

20 March 2017 | Medscape

A novel primary-care practice model in which nurses take the lead in helping type 2 diabetes patients start on insulin treatment can improve glycemic control, new research suggests.


Lifting the curse of diabetes

15 March 2017 | Health+Medicine

The huge personal cost of diabetes can take decades to build up as complications arise which limit the quality and length of lives.


Nurses central to getting diabetes care off to a better start

9 March 2017 | Science Daily

A study at 74 primary health clinics across Australia led by Professor John Furler, has found a new model of healthcare has made a dramatic difference to patient uptake of insulin treatment.


‘Stepping Up’ model of care improves uptake of type 2 diabetes treatment

8 March 2017 | Medical Xpress

A new model of healthcare that focuses on a stronger role for nurses in primary care has been associated with a higher uptake of insulin treatment among patients with type 2 diabetes, reports a study published in The BMJ today.


Why nurses are best for type 2 patients

9 March 2017 | Australian Doctor Group

Practice nurses should have a stronger role in primary care when it comes to treating type 2 diabetes, Australian research suggests.


Diabetes impacts psychological health: MILES-2

30 January 2017 | The Limbic

A new report has highlighted the psychosocial impact of living with diabetes – with over a third of adults with insulin-treated type 2 diabetes and a quarter with type 1 diabetes reporting moderate to severe depressive symptoms.

Hypos slipping under GPs’ radar

1 December 2016 | The Australian Doctor 

Patients with type 1 diabetes are having frequent, and sometimes severe, hypoglycaemic events but not telling their doctor, Australian researchers say.


Diabetes: Stigma, blame and shame

22 November 2016 | Drugwatch

To the majority without the disease, people with diabetes are presented as overweight, lazy and guilty of bringing the disease upon themselves — often illustrated by faceless overweight people in reports on network news.


DME explained in layman’s terms

14 November 2016 | Optometry Australia

Based on the experience of a real patient, Diabetic Macular Oedema Xplained is launching today, on World Diabetes Day. Through an animated storytelling app, it explains what DME is, the risk factors, treatment options, side-effects and possible psychological issues.


Greater awareness needed about diabetic eating disorders.

28 October 2016 | ABC radio ‘The World Today’

Australian health professionals are calling for more awareness about how some type 1 diabetics are restricting their use of insulin to lose weight. The condition is known as 'diabulimia' and the emotional and physical effects can be devastating and, in some cases, deadly.


Drivers with type 1 might need a reminder about self-monitoring

12 October 2016 | The Medical Observer

GPs might need to remind people with type 1 diabetes to regularly check their blood glucose (BG) before driving, researchers say.


Interview: Dr Jessica Browne talks about stigma and diabetes

7 October 2016 | One Drop

Dr. Jessica Browne is a Senior Research Fellow at The Australian Centre for Behavioral Research in Diabetes, and an international expert on the blame, shame, and social stigma affecting people with diabetes.


3 out of 4 people with diabetes don’t check their blood glucose before driving

1 October 2016 | The Limbic

Three-quarters of Australian drivers with type 1 diabetes, including many with impaired hypoglycemic awareness, don’t consistently check their blood glucose levels before driving, according to a recent survey.


Diabetes management apps unpopular among Aussie teens

1 October 2016 | The Limbic

Despite the high ownership of smartphones by Australian teens, and the large number of health-related and diabetes-specific apps currently available, only one in five youth with type 1 are using apps to help with managing their diabetes, according to a new Australian study.


Handbook launched to shine a light on diabetes and emotional health

15 September 2016 | Australian Ageing Agenda

The handbook, developed by Australian Centre for Behavioural Research in Diabetes (ACBRD) and Diabetes Australia, aims to give health professionals the strategies and tools to better recognise and work with people with diabetes to reduce the significant psychological burden of the condition.


New resources to help health professionals identify and meet the psychological needs of people with diabetes

25 August 2016 | Diabetes Australia

A new handbook discussed today at Australia’s foremost diabetes conference will give health professionals the strategies and tools to better recognise and work with people with diabetes to reduce the significant psychological burden of diabetes.


Australia needs a paradigm shift in diabetes care and research

24 August 2016 | Deakin Invenio

Diabetes expert, Professor Jane Speight argues that a new focus and much more research investment are needed to improve diabetes care. In the latest edition of the “Medical Journal of Australia,” one of Australia’s leading experts on diabetes, Professor Jane Speight, has claimed that the health profession needs to rethink its approach to diabetes.


Diabetes: lip service” to behavioural approaches

15 August 2016 |  MJA Insight

Behavioural approaches to diabetes management have taken a back seat to medicines and technologies, says a leading behavioural researcher who has called for a “paradigm shift” in our approach to clinical practice, policy and research.


Concerns about diabetes test strip access

11 July 2016 – MJA Insight

The decision by the National Diabetes Services Scheme (NDSS) to remove access to subsidised test strips may trigger anxiety and worry, so experts are urging people with type 2 diabetes to consult a health professional about their management plan.


People with diabetes are not “suffering,” and there is no “bad” kind

27 June 2016 | diaTribe

Our team was fortunate to attend Team Novo Nordisk’s (TNN) Diabetes Online Community Meet-up at the recent ADA conference in New Orleans to hear members of the all-diabetes professional team and friends discuss “Diabetes Language, Myths & Stigma.”


Blood glucose monitoring ‘intrusive’ finds survey

21 April 2016 | The Limbic

As many as 8 out of 10 adults living with diabetes are tired of having to check their blood glucose levels, a survey reveals. The figure is perhaps not surprising given that people living with type 1 diabetes typically need to monitor their blood glucose levels up to six times a day.


7 reasons why diabetes patients have glucose monitoring burnout

13 April 2016 | Australian Doctor

Diabetes patients are fed up of having to constantly monitor their blood glucose levels, according to a Diabetes Australia survey that shows many are not doing as their doctor recommends.


Insulin should not be used as a threat: experts

20 January 2016 | The Limbic

Clinicians should avoid using the threat of insulin therapy to inspire better diabetes management, as this could be contributing to psychological insulin resistance, new research suggests.


Half of type 2 diabetes patients reluctant to start insulin

20 January 2016 | Diabetes Educators Update

Counselling type 2 diabetes patients early on about the likelihood of requiring insulin later down the track is important for preventing psychological insulin resistance, say Australian researchers.


Half of type 2 diabetes patients reluctant to start insulin

14 January 2016 | Australian Doctor 

Counselling type 2 diabetes patients early on about the likelihood of requiring insulin later down the track is important for preventing psychological insulin resistance, say Australian researchers.

Forgetting insulin a factor in adolescent DKA

20 November 2015 | The Limbic

Forgetting to take insulin could be a major contributing factor to a higher than expected rate of diabetic ketoacidosis in adolescents, preliminary findings from a subgroup of adolescents participating in the MILES Youth study suggest.


Taking Control of Diabetic Eye Disease

27 October 2015 | MiVision

Diabetes is now considered a global ‘pandemic’ by leading epidemiologists. Multiple associated complications – including diabetic eye disease – severely impact quality of life in our working age population and cost the economy billions of dollars, making this a disease to be tackled by Government, patient organisations, clinicians, industry and the wider community.


Young people with diabetes need attention: experts

3 August 2015 | Australian Journal of Pharmacy

Adolescents and young adults are often left out of the equation when it comes to understanding the implications of diabetes on their home, school, work and social life, says a diabetes expert.


Anxiety reported by a quarter of teens with diabetes: survey

16 July 2015 | Limbic

1 in 4 young adults living with type 1 diabetes report having moderate to severe anxiety, a national survey reveals.


Address ‘psychological insulin resistance’ early in type 2 diabetes

16 July 2015 | Limbic

Early discussion about the possible use of insulin may help to overcome later ‘psychological insulin resistance’ in patients with type 2 diabetes, new Australian research suggests.


Diabetes linked to mood disorder in young people

16 July 2015 | Australian Journal of Pharmacy

A new report released today highlights the psychological, wellbeing and quality of life issues facing young Australians with type 1 diabetes and their parents.


Diabetes MILES Youth Launch

16 July 2015 | Diabetes Australia

Coinciding with National Diabetes Week, an important report released today highlights the psychological, wellbeing and quality of life issues facing young Australians with type 1 diabetes and their parents.


Raising Awareness for Diabetes

15 July 2015 | Bittersweet Diagnosis

National Diabetes Week is soon coming to a close. Our next big diabetes event is World Diabetes Day in November. Campaigns running for these events often draw mixed reactions. Some will happily share and contribute, while others will always find something to criticise. You can’t please everyone.


Deakin Uni Professor busts the biggest diabetes myths

13 July 2015 | Australian Journal of Pharmacy

When it comes to misunderstood medical conditions in Australia, type 2 diabetes is hard to beat, so a Deakin University professor is busting some diabetes myths for consumers.


Busting the myths about type 2 diabetes

10 July 2015 | Health Canal

Despite more than one million Australians having type 2 diabetes, and around 280 new cases diagnosed every day, many people struggle to separate fact from myth.


Five year collaboration celebrates better quality of life for people with diabetes

30 April 2015 | Health Canal

“Diabetes is not just a condition defined by numbers and biomedical risk factors; it places a high selfcare and emotional burden on the individual,” ACBRD Foundation Director Professor Jane Speight says. “Through the ACBRD’s work the emotional well-being of people with diabetes is being considered more widely.”


Self-Management Rules, OK?

31 March 2015 | Medical Forum: WA’s Premier Independent Monthly Magazine for Health Professionals

Patient responsibility and a supportive team of health professionals are not-s-secret ingredients for good self-managed care - but it's the quality that counts.


How diabetes affects mental health of young adults

12 January 2015 | Anxiety.org

Health and medical research and treatment often happens in isolation– with progress in one area not always informing developments in others. This disjointed approach is a problem, because mood and anxiety disorders frequently co-occur with chronic physical health conditions.


Young adults with diabetes face mental health challenges

6 January 2015 | Anxiety.org

Health and medical research and treatment often happens in isolation– with progress in one area not always informing developments in others. This disjointed approach is a problem, because mood and anxiety disorders frequently co-occur with chronic physical health conditions.

Youth survey investigates psychosocial needs

10 September 2014 | Diabetes Educators Update

Researchers are conducting an online survey to shed light on how diabetes impacts on the wellbeing of young people and their families.


Diabetes MILES Youth

4 September 2014 | Diabetogenic

Are you the parent of a child (aged 10 – 19 years) with diabetes? Then we need YOU! And your child with diabetes too.


Professor puts focus on psychological well-being

2 September 2014 | Diabetes Educators Update

Diabetes educators are being urged to focus as much on the mental health of people with diabetes as they do on blood glucose management.


Mental health in diabetes overlooked: experts

27 August 2014 | Medical Observer

Professor Jane Speight, director of the Australian Centre for Behavioural Research in Diabetes, said that for many people with diabetes, depressive symptoms can often be explained by the distress they feel in relation to their diabetes or its complications.


Playing the blame game is not effective

4 February 2014 | Medical Observer

“I call it the blame and shame disease,” an Australian patient told researchers conducting the first qualitative investigation into the social stigma experienced by people with type 2 diabetes.

Rural patients not lacking diabetes care

21 May 2013 | Medical Observer

The disease is one of the significant contributors to higher death rates in people who live outside metropolitan areas 1 and they have less access to specialist care than their city counterparts.

Diabetes patients’ emotional distress not monitored routinely

14 November 2012 – Medical Observer

Professor Jane Speight (PhD), director of the Australian Centre for Behavioural Research in Diabetes, said detection of major distress by healthcare professionals appeared to be problematic unless it was systematic and structured.


Need for new focus in diabetes management

26 June 2012 | Medical Observer

While 99% of diabetes care involves self-care, 49% of Australians with diabetes say they have never been offered structured education in how to manage their disease.

Mind your language in diabetes discussions

1 November 2011 | Medical Observer

Diabetes Australia and AMA Victoria have recently released a position statement recommending that healthcare professionals and the media use a greater level of sensitivity when describing and discussing diabetes.


General Media

Social support for people with diabetes

7 December 2020 | La Trobe University

New research from the College of Science, Health and Engineering suggests that social support may optimise self-care behaviours in people with diabetes.


Victoria coronavirus rules on face masks should be clearer, experts say

5 November 2020 | ABC News

Victorians are still getting used to wearing masks every time they leave the house but not everyone's wearing them correctly — and health experts say the messaging needs to be much clearer.


Immunocompromised Victorians 'pleasantly surprised' by compliance with COVID-19 restrictions

7 October 2020 | ABC News

Gerald Wiblin lives with diabetes and he says he is grateful that people in Victoria are remaining vigilant with mask-wearing and physical distancing to control the spread of COVID-19.


Lockdown 2

22 July 2020 | ABC TV 7pm Bulletin

Melbourne's second COVID-19 lockdown harder than the first, as data shows people slower to respond.


Melbourne’s second COVID-19 lockdown harder than the first, as data shows people slower to respond

22 July 2020 | ABC News

When Melbourne and surrounding areas entered lockdown 2.0, it was a heavy psychological blow for all involved. And statistics suggest it is harder the second time around, with Melburnians struggling to match the level of reduced activity seen in the April and May lockdown


Data shows that Melbourne’s second lockdown harder than the first

22 July 2020 | ABC Radio AM

With Greater Melbourne now in its second lockdown, many in the city noticed things didn't seem quite as quiet as they were during lockdown one. Statistics from the City of Melbourne and mobility data for Google suggest so far activity in Melbourne hasn't reduced as much as it did during the first lockdown.


National Diabetes Week

14 July 2020 | Channel 7 News


1.35 million Australians with diabetes take a double hit from COVID-19

12 July 2020 | The National Tribune

People with diabetes have been hit extra hard by the COVID-19 pandemic. Not only has the pandemic impacted their physical health – with disrupted access to diabetes services and the higher risk of serious COVID-19 related illness – but for more than 40% of people with diabetes, COVID-19 has had a negative impact on their mental or emotional health.


1.35 million Australians with diabetes take a double hit from COVID-19

12 July 2020 | Mirage News

People with diabetes have been hit extra hard by the COVID-19 pandemic. Not only has the pandemic impacted their physical health – with disrupted access to diabetes services and the higher risk of serious COVID-19 related illness – but for more than 40% of people with diabetes, COVID-19 has had a negative impact on their mental or emotional health.


Alumni News | Amelia Lake (YG 1985)

24 May 2020 | Tintern Grammar

Dr Amelia Lake is a behavioural scientist and Research Fellow in the School of Psychology at Deakin University. Amelia has worked in psychological research for almost two decades. Her main research interests are in public health, specifically the application of health psychology to promoting health behaviour change and chronic condition self-management.


Epidemiology: Time to question early research findings

12 May 2020 | The Age 

Public thirst for knowledge has encouraged rapid publication of COVID-19 research. As a behavioural scientist, I have watched with increasing concern as "preliminary" findings are published before peer-review.


Tasmanians with diabetes are not alone on this tough journey

10 April 2020 | The Mercury


Managing diabetes in challenging times

2 April 2020 | The Advocate 

Living with diabetes is challenging at the best of times, but today and for the coming weeks we will be in the midst of one of the most difficult times of our lives. Through this unprecedented time, Diabetes Tasmania, Diabetes Australia and the National Diabetes Services Scheme (NDSS) will continue to support you.

Diabetes NZ Survey lifts lid on diabetes stigma in NZ

1 November 2018 | Voxy 

These are just some of the kinds of comments highlighting that stigma for those living with diabetes is alive and well in New Zealand. A quarter of a million New Zealanders have been diagnosed with diabetes.1 Now, a ground-breaking survey uncovers the prejudice and stigma that many experience every day.


Fighting the stigma of diabetes: helping young people speak out about their disease

15 June 2018 | ABC Heywire

Will Egan was diagnosed with diabetes when he was three years old. "I had really supportive parents who took a lot of initiative and were very proactive about my diabetes," Will said. "But for me it was really socially isolating because I thought I was weird and different."


ABC Melbourne radio’s Evenings with Christina Anu

8 June 2018 |  ABC


University of Southern Denmark participates in Hypo-RESOLVE, a large European diabetes project focusing on hypoglycaemia

30 May 2018 | SDU

Researchers from SDU’s Department of Psychology are to investigate the psychological burden of hypoglycaemia in people with diabetes and their family members in a large international research project. With a total budget of 26.8 million euro from the EU and industry partners, researchers aim to gain new knowledge to develop better treatments for people living with diabetes.


SDU participates in large-scale European diabetes efforts

25 May 2018 | SDU

Researchers from the Department of Psychology will examine the psychological costs for diabetic patients and their relatives in a patient-centered, international research project on low blood sugar and diabetes. With a total budget of 195 million. kroner from, among others, the EU, researchers will gain new knowledge to develop better treatments for people living with diabetes.

Let’s talk about changing these depression statistics for World Health Day

7 April 2017 | Sydney Morning Herald

It sucks hope and deforms perspective. Depression is not just feeling a bit "down" – at its worst, it's about being devoid of feeling altogether, as Matthew Johnstone says in his video I had a Black Dog, which has had close to 8 million views. Friday April 7 is World Health Day and this year's theme is depression and common mental disorders with a slogan of "Let's Talk".


Strong link between diabetes and depression

7 April 2017 | Philtimes

Every April 7, the World Health Day is celebrated since 1948 when the World Health Organisation was established. This year’s World Health Day focuses on depression. Globally, around 350 million people of all ages and from all walks of life suffer from depression.


Glucose monitors give young diabetes sufferers peace of mind

7 April 2017 | The Australian

Type 2 diabetes has become something of a marker of a society that is getting fatter, less active, more sedentary.


Dr Christel Hendrieckx Link Between Diabetes and Depression Interview

7 April 2017 | Female.com.au

This year's World Health Day (Friday 7 April) focuses on depression. Globally, around 350 million people of all ages and from all walks of life suffer from depression. People with depression are more likely to develop type 2 diabetes and depression is more common and highly recurrent in people with diabetes.


Easing the stress of diabetes

14 November 2017 | Deakin University

A new study by Deakin researchers aims to help health professionals better support people with diabetes distress. One of the most common emotional health problems affecting people with diabetes, diabetes distress involves the concerns, frustrations and fears arising specifically from living with and managing diabetes.


Many diabetics not willing to use insulin

30 March 2017 | SBS

Psychological barriers to insulin therapy may delay timely treatment, new research has revealed. New research released by Diabetes Australia shows that one in four Australians with type 2 diabetes is not willing to use the potentially life-saving medication despite their doctor's recommendation.


 Many diabetics not willing to use insulin

30 March 2017 | PerthNow/Australian Associated Press

‘Deadly but preventable type 2 diabetes on the rise in Australia’

3 November 2016 | The Australian

Writing in the Medical Journal of Australia in August, Jane Speight from Deakin University and Diabetes Victoria called for a "paradigm shift"...


‘’Diabulimia’: Type 1 diabetics restricting insulin to lose weight need to be taken seriously, experts say

28 October 2016 | ABC News

Australian health professionals are calling for greater awareness about the prevalence and danger of Type 1 diabetics restricting their insulin to lose weight, in what is being called "diabulimia". The practice means diabetics can lose large amounts of weight rapidly, but the emotional and physical effects can be devastating and in some cases deadly.


Lung cancer and diabetes: The diseases where no one feels sorry for you

19 April 2016 | News.com.au

When someone is diagnosed with lung cancer, the first thing both doctors and well-intentioned loved ones ask is, “Well, did you smoke?” About 90 per cent of lung cancer in males and 65 per cent in females is estimated to be the result of smoking. Those outside these percentages understandably feel the need to justify their illness


People living with Insulin-dependent diabetes feel burnt out, survey says

15 April 2016 | The Newcastle Herald

A national survey of Australians living with diabetes has found that one in three feel like robots for having to check their blood glucose levels up to six times per day. Most do not check as often as they should, the survey found, prompting calls for less burdensome diabetic management options.

Diabetic children at greater risk of depression and anxiety: study

16 July 2015 | Triple J & ABC Radio

A quarter of Australian teenagers with type 1 diabetes are also struggling with depression and anxiety. A study published today finds that the condition which is treated with injections is placing a significant psychological burden on children.


Anxiety, depression found in quarter of teens with type 1 diabetes, survey says

16 July 2015 | ABC

The first national survey on the psychological wellbeing of young people with type 1 diabetes has found one in four of them reported moderate to severe anxiety or depression. Diabetes Australia surveyed 800 teenagers and found about one in three needed mental health support and about half of their parents were "often worried" about their child's health.


Type 1 diabetes causes anxiety for teens

16 July 2015 | Nine News 

"I hate it, I hate it, I hate it, I hate it but I will have to learn to deal with it". That's the response of one of 800 teenagers interviewed for the first Australian study about the psychological issues facing those with type 1 diabetes and their families.

Diabetes myths exposed

13 July 2015 | Geelong Advertiser

People often underestimate the seriousness of type 2 diabetes, a Deakin professor says. To kick off National Diabetes Week, professor of behavioural and social re- search in diabetes, Jane Speight, has addressed some of the common myths around the disorder.


Majority of Aussies underestimate diabetes risk

12 July 2015 | SBS

New research by Diabetes Australia suggests a majority of Australians are underestimating the prevalence of diabetes, and a majority of the population doesn’t associate major health complications with the condition.


Diabetes Victoria: the Dangers of the Disease

5 May 2015 | The Australian Business Executive

Craig took up his appointment as the CEO of Diabetes Victoria in March 2013. Prior to this, he had been the CEO of the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre in Melbourne from May 2004 and the Chief Executive of the Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital in Perth from October 1998 until April 2004.

Facing not only diabetes, but the stigma that can come along with it

21 November 2014 | The Washington Post 

At a baby shower for a co-worker, Patti Smith reached for a cookie and was scolded by an officemate. “People watch what you eat,” says Smith, 56, who lives in El Cajon, Calif., and was diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes three years ago.


Diabetes Is Already Psychologically Demanding, So Cut the Stigma Too

27 August 2014 | Mashable Australia

When Rachel Kerstetter woke up the morning of Aug. 11, 2011, she knew something was wrong. She had risen multiple times during the night. She was extremely thirsty and her vision was blurry. She needed to go to the bathroom more often than usual.

The challenge of chronic disease management

17 August 2012 | Science in Public

This is background information and comments from GPs and experts at the collaborative Care Cluster Australia launch. Chronic illness is the single greatest challenge facing health care in Australia as the population ages.


ACBRD says greater government support is needed to provide diabetes sufferers with the health services they need

17 May 2012 | 2CME Orange


New research released by Diabetes Australia has raised concerns diabetes sufferers are more likely to have depression and anxiety

15 May 2012 | HO FM Hobart 


A study by Diabetes Australia has raised concerns sufferers are more likely to have depression and anxiety

15 May 2012 | i98 FM Wollongong


A new study shows people who suffer from diabetes experience high levels of stress, anxiety and depression

15 May 2012 | Radio Sport National


A study into Australians with diabetes has found they are suffering from silence

14 May 2012 | 2GB Sydney

Hospital admissions soar for diabetes sufferers

18 August 2010 | The Age

Diabetes is causing a rising number of people to be admitted to hospital with kidney disease. An Australian Institute of Health and Welfare report shows a 70 per cent jump in those admitted to hospital for dialysis since the 2000-01 financial year - an average of 60,000 more hospitalisations every year until 2007-08.

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