Virginia is a registered nurse and credentialed diabetes educator, with postgraduate qualifications in vocational education and public health. Her professional and research interests have focused on diabetes self-management education and health professional development. Virginia commenced her PhD Candidature in the School of Psychology at Deakin University (part-time) in 2012, which is focused on diabetes-related distress among adolescents with type 1 diabetes. Prior to this, Virginia was manager of diabetes education services at Diabetes Victoria. During her candidature, Virginia has completed a number of projects related to young people with diabetes, including the development and evaluation of the Teens Empowered to Actively Manage Type 1 diabetes (TEAM T1) project, a structured, self-management education program for adolescents with type 1 diabetes, and their parents.
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