Virginia is a credentialed diabetes educator with a background in nursing, and postgraduate qualifications in vocational education and public health. Virginia completed her PhD at Deakin University in 2018, which focused on diabetes-related distress among adolescents with type 1 diabetes. As part of her PhD Virginia 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, and the Diabetes MILES Youth – Australia Study, a national survey of adolescents living with diabetes and their parents. Virginia previously held positions as manager of diabetes education services at Diabetes Victoria and Director of Education at the International Diabetes Institute in Melbourne. Currently she is a lecturer in nursing at Deakin University and coordinates the Graduate Certificate of Diabetes Education.
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