Prevention & Management of Diabetes and Depression

Victoria University’s Australian Community Centre for Diabetes (ACCD) and Norwood Association are conducting a research project on the prevention and management of diabetes and depression via healthy diet, exercise and social connectivity.

What is the purpose of this research?

The aim of the project is to pilot a healthy lifestyle education plan (HELP Program) for the prevention and self-management of diabetes and depression.

The link between depression and diabetes has been established in that depression is an illness which may affect and be affected by diabetes.

In addition to being an independent risk factor for the onset of type 2 diabetes, depression can adversely affect the course of diabetes and related conditions. It has also been documented that if one has depression earlier in life they have 35% increased risk of developing type 2 diabetes later in life.  In view of the interconnection,  it makes sense to regard depression and diabetes as two sides of the same coin and take steps to proactively prevent and manage the risks of both conditions through awareness, early detection and self management.

Who do we need to participate?

We are needing people who are:

  • between 18-75 years old
  • have mild to moderate depression or type 2 diabetes, or both. (An indication of mild to moderate depression will be made after interest has been expressed via a short 9 question questionnaire).
  • able to attend 2 sessions in St Albans, Melbourne

This free program will focus on managing your condition via healthy diet, exercise and social connectivity.

What does participation in this project involve?

The program involves healthy lifestyle education around healthy eating, physical activity and social connectivity which will be delivered to participants in an interactive session which will be directional and not prescriptive. The knowledge obtained will be self implemented by participants over 8 weeks. Participants will be contacted via telephone once a week to know their progress. Participants will again be contacted after three months to establish the sustainability of the HELP Program.

Participants will need to attend 2 interactive sessions at St Albans in Melbourne and will have follow up phone contact for 8 weeks, and a $50 reimbursement will be provided at the conclusion of the program.

  • First Session – Saturday March 31st 2012 (3 hrs) Morning tea and lunch will be provided.
  • Second Session – Saturday May 26th 2012 (1hr)

When does this project close for participation?

The final date for expressions of interest in participating in this research project is Friday 30th March.

How will the information be used?

Information gathered will be used to determine if making a lifestyle change around healthy eating, doing exercise and staying socially connected helps people self-manage their diabetic condition and overcome depression. In addition we will find out if there are other benefits of the HELP Program such as reduction in waist circumference, BMI and blood pressure, as well  as improvements in general psychological health.

The results will be published in academic outlets and presented at conferences and may be used to develop diabetes and depression self management resource.

Who to contact for further information 

If you are interested in knowing more about this free program please call Hayley on (03) 9919 2259 or email Hayley.Hellinger@vu.edu.au .

This project has ethics approval from Victorian University Human Research Ethics Committee