Improving the Health of People With Type 2 Diabetes Using New Technologies to Optimise Self Management

Project Details

The research project will be conducted in partnership with Diabetes Australia (DA) in Western Australia (WA), Queensland (Qld) & Victoria (Vic) and the National Diabetes Services Scheme (NDSS), an initiative of the Australian Government that is administered by Diabetes Australia, and Roche Diagnostics. The proposed research will provide a unique opportunity to evaluate how new communication technologies can provide effective, easily accessible, timely and engaging resources and supports to over one million Australians with type 2 diabetes (T2DM), who are registered on NDSS. Our research will also generate important findings about how new technologies can be offered to assist Australia’s rapidly ageing population to self-manage other chronic conditions, such as cardiovascular disease (CVD) and musculoskeletal conditions, as well as to improve the linkages between these kinds of programs, health consumers and their health care providers (HCP).


Professor Brian Oldenburg, Head of Unit


NHMRC Partnership Project - total project budget: NHMRC $838,868; Partner Cash $480,000

Research Publications

  • Bird D, Oldenburg B, Cassimatis M, Russell A, Ash S, Courtney MD, Friedman RH.  Randomised controlled trial of an automated, interactive telephone intervention to improve type 2 diabetes self-management (Telephone-Linked Care Diabetes Project): study protocol. BMC Public Health 2010; 10(1): 599.
  • Williams ED, Bird D, Forbes AW, Russell A, Ash S, Friedman R, Oldenburg B.  Randomised controlled trial of an automated, interactive telephone intervention (TLC Diabetes) to improve type 2 diabetes management: baseline findings and six-month outcomes. BMC Public Health 2012; 12(1): 602.

Research Group

Non Communicable Disease Unit

School Research Themes

Prevention and management of non-communicable diseases (including cancer), and promotion of mental health

Key Contact

For further information about this research, please contact the research group leader.

Department / Centre

Nossal Institute for Global Health

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