Diabetes and Cardio-Metabolic Conditions

Research Overview

Our research group is focused on addressing a global health problem. Across the world over a billion people have diabetes and up to 15% of national health budgets are spent on diabetes, risk-factors and cardiovascular complications. Our research aims to reach a deep understanding of this complex problem to develop innovative primary care-led solutions that will improve health outcomes.

Our multidisciplinary research group is based within the Department of General Practice at the University of Melbourne, which is known nationally and internationally for innovation in primary care research. Our research puts the patient experience at the heart of understanding how primary health care teams, practices and the health system can optimise care and outcomes for people with diabetes and cardiometabolic disease or risk factors.

A number of themes run through our research. These include

  • Innovative models of care in primary care and the use of new digital technologies;
  • Optimising  outcomes and pathways to care for high-risk groups in the community including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders, people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, and socioeconomically disadvantaged groups;
  • Care for diabetes and cardiometabolic conditions in an ageing population;
  • Addressing co-morbidity in particular co-morbid mental health problems
  • The use of large routinely collected and linked clinical data sets to  develop interventions to improve care and outcomes

Our team works with our national and international collaborators to conduct rigorous, multi-method, inter-disciplinary research.  We have strong links with General Practices across Victoria, Primary Health Networks, Primary Care Partnerships, RACGP, APNA and Community Health Centres. Our work is funded through competitive grants including NHMRC, beyondblue, Diabetes Australia Research Trust, tenders and other non-competitive grants.

We welcome enquiries from researchers, students, practitioners and others.

Staff

Associate Professor John Furler, Leader of the research group
Dr Phyllis Lau, Deputy Leader of the research group
Dr Jo-Anne Manski-Nankervis, Diabetes Research Fellow
Louise Ginnivan, Credentialled Diabetes Educator
Katie De La Rue, Research Officer and Study Co-ordinator

Collaborators

Irene Blackberry, Director, John Richards Initiative | Australian Institute for Primary Care & Ageing, College of Science, Health and Engineering, La Trobe University, Honorary Senior Research Fellow, Department of General Practice, Stepping Up Study coordinator  2012-2013
Professor Doris Young, Professor
Mark Kennedy, General Practitioner and Clinical Associate Professor
Ralph Audehm, General Practitioner and Clinical Associate Professor
Dr Malcolm Clarke, General Practitioner and Honorary rerearch group member
Dr Christine Walker, Director Chronic Illness Alliance and Honorary Research Group Member
Professor Kamlesh Khunti, Primary Care Diabetes & Vascular Medicine, University of Leicester, Honorary Professorial Fellow
Associate Professor David O'Neal, Department of Medicine, St Vincent's Hospital
Professor James Best, Dean Lee Kong Chian Medical School, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
Professor Jane Speight, School of Psychlogy, Deakin University;  Director, Australian Centre for Behavioural Reseach in Diabetes

Funding

Our work is funded through competitive grants including NHMRC, beyondblue, Diabetes Australia Research Trust, tenders and other non-competitive grants.

Current Funding (at February 2016)

  1. NHMRC Project Grant: General Practice Optimising Structured MOnitoring To Improve Clinical outcomes in Type 2 Diabetes: GP-OSMOTIC T2D
  2. NHMRC Project Grant: Effectiveness of an Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Cultural Respect Program in general practice – Bridging the gap between Thinking and Doing: A whole-of-practice approach (WoTWoD)
  3. RACGP Research Foundation Grant: Stepping Up Cohort Study – Long term follow-up of T2D patients.
  4. Shepherd Foundation Grant: Chronic kidney disease prevalence and management in people with type 2 diabetes in Australian general practice
  5. Health Workforce Australia Grant: CREST: Cultural Respect Encompassing Simulation Training
  6. Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences, Research Fellowship Scheme: General Practice Optimising Structured MOnitoring To Improve Clinical outcomes in Type 2 Diabetes. The GP-OSMOTIC study