What we do

Our objectives

To be a national research centre, creating knowledge and impact

To be a national resource for clinicians, researchers, and policy makers

To be a national voice, raising awareness, and influencing policy and practice (at local and national levels)

The Centre leads and collaborates on a wide variety of research designed to improve support for and outcomes among people with diabetes and their families. This includes:

  • the role of beliefs, attitudes and emotions in diabetes self-management and outcomes
  • expectations and experiences of new treatments, insulin delivery and monitoring technologies: how people use them and how they affect quality of life
  • prevention of recurrent severe hypoglycaemia, and understanding its impact on diabetes self-management and quality of life
  • the language used in communication with and about people with diabetes
  • social stigma surrounding diabetes
  • emotional well-being: monitoring and reducing diabetes-specific distress and depressive symptoms
  • self-management education and peer support programs/services
  • key stages in the lives of people with diabetes, e.g. adolescence, young adulthood, pregnancy, older age

The Centre uses this evidence base to inform clinical practice and health policy so that our health system and society can better support all people affected by diabetes.



Our partners
1-full-colour-horizontal-logo Since 1953 Diabetes Victoria has been the leading charity and peak consumer body working to reduce the impact of diabetes.

We are committed to minimising the impact of diabetes in the community, helping all people affected by diabetes and contributing to the search for a cure. Our work covers type 1, type 2 and gestational diabetes, as well as programs for people at risk. We also rely heavily on the generosity of our caring community of members and supporters to help fund our diabetes education, awareness activities and research.

new-deakin_corporate_logo Deakin University is Australia’s eighth largest university, with more than 50,000 students. Deakin combines excellent  research and teaching with a strong commitment to the communities it serves through strong partnerships, which are relevant, innovative and responsive. Deakin’s Faculty of Health is one of Australia’s largest multidisciplinary health faculties with five schools, including the School of Psychology, one of the largest and most research active psychology schools in Australia.