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We are seeking written agreement from clinicians in Queensland (and New South Wales) who are willing to become referral sources for participants into a study of an education program for adults newly diagnosed with type 2 diabetes.

Aim of the study: to establish evidence for effectiveness of online versus face-to-face delivery of a curriculum-based diabetes lifestyle and self-management program.
Effectiveness of the program will be determined by comparing change in HbA1c, between baseline and follow-up at three months.

The program is being offered in complement to current practices and Primary Care Plans offered to patients newly diagnosed with type 2 diabetes.

What the education program includes:

  • Seven weekly sessions, each session 60 minutes duration
  • Type 2 diabetes lifestyle and self-management education developed using a theory-based curriculum developed by the American Association of Diabetes Educators
  • The program is FREE to all participants.

Who can attend the program?

To be eligible for participation patients must be:

  • Over 18 years of age
  • Newly diagnosed with type 2 diabetes (i.e. diagnosis in past 12 months)
  • Not pregnant
  • Have English as their primary language

What do participants need to do?

  • Choose to attend either the online program OR the face-to-face program
  • Face-to-face sessions will be held in the Gold Coast (other areas subject to demand may be considered)
  • Group online sessions will be delivered via Zoom teleconferencing

Both the face-to-face and online sessions will be fully moderated and supported by a credentialed diabetes educator or accredited practicing dietitian employed by Family Nutrition Services Australia (FNSA) for the study.

  • All participants will be provided with full study information and verbal explanation and asked to provide their written consent to participate.
  • Attend a follow-up appointment with their GP/referrer 1-2 weeks after completion of their final session to have repeat HbA1c. (Any costs associated with this consultation will be paid for by the research team).
  • Upon completion of the program, each participant will receive a $50 shopping voucher.

This study is a collaborative research project between Family Nutrition Services Australia and a research team from Central Queensland University (Dr. Susan Williams, Professor Jenni Judd, Dr. Robert Stanton, Associate Professor Kate Ames, Dr. Carina Anderson, Mr. Mark Prance, and Dr. Biplob Ray).
The study is funded by a CQUniversity interdisciplinary research grant.
The project has received ethics committee approval from CQUniversity Human Research Ethics Committee (#21558).

For more details, and to get involved, contact CQU Research Officer Deb Power:

Research study into Major Depressive Disorder: Invitation to participate

A research project on diagnostic decision making is being conducted at the Australian National University.  

The study will investigate how the different signs and symptoms of Major Depressive Disorder (MDD) are weighted by clinicians in the assessment process. Current systems for diagnosing mental disorders (e.g., DSM-5) assume that diagnostic criteria are equally important and interchangeable. However, the study will contend that clinicians use clinical intuition and judgement to weight some indicators as more important than others. It is likely that clinical intuition can improve diagnosis. Moreover, the study is interested in ascertaining how clinicians integrate clinical context and diagnostic criteria when making diagnostic decisions.   

The study requires medical professionals to provide basic professional background information and to complete several short choice tasks, where you will be asked to make clinical decisions based on hypothetical case information. It will take approximately 15 minutes to complete 

If you would like to participate, click this link:  

Clinical Implications 
The data from this survey will demonstrate how, in the real-world, specific symptoms contribute to the assessment and/or diagnosis of Major Depressive Disorder (MDD). This promises to improve methods for the efficient detection and accurate assessment of MDD so that more clients can receive effective treatment earlier.  

Benefits to Participating 
First, we promise to send a summary of the results in order to improve your clinical practice. Second, you will be contributing important data that will guide mental health fields towards better methods for detecting, assessing and diagnosing MDD. Third, you can enter a draw to win one of three $100 Westfield gift cards.  

This study has received full approval from the ANU Human Research Ethics Committee (Protocol No. 2019/367). 

Any questions or comments can be directed to:
Dr Bruce Christensen (
Ms Madeleine Makinson (
Australian National University

Updated: 18 / 07 / 2019