First online training program to address emotional health issues in adults with diabetes

Development and pilot randomised controlled trial of an online training module for health professionals

Dr Ventura from the Australian Centre for Behavioural Research in Diabetes, in partnership with Deakin University, will receive $60,000 from the ADEA Diabetes Research Foundation to conduct a project delivering training to health professionals to address emotional health issues in adults with diabetes.

Diabetes distress is one of the most common emotional health problems affecting up to 30% of people with diabetes at any one time. That is three Australians among ten with diabetes experiencing diabetes distress.

This first of its kind online training program will focus on health professionals’ unmet needs in communicating with people with diabetes about and addressing diabetes distress.

The development of this online program will provide health professionals with an evidence-based psychological training that enables high-quality care and better health outcomes for all Australian adults with diabetes.

The content of this program will be developed based on the Diabetes and Emotional Health handbook, which was published by the National Diabetes Services Scheme in 2016.

This research project will be led by the Australian Centre for Behavioural Research in Diabetes in partnership with Diabetes Victoria and Deakin University.

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