STOP Diabetes: Health related behavior and risk perception in women with lifestyle related metabolic diseases at high risk of diabetes (LT07-121)

Main institution:
The Jean Hailes Foundation for Women’s Health (Australia)

Other institution:
Southern Health and Monash University (Australia)

Principal investigator:
Prof H.Teede

Other investigators:
C.Allan; Dr A.Deeks; C.Lombard; Dr J.Michelmore and Prof S.Zougas

Location of the project:

Amount allocated:
USD 360,825

January 1, 2008 - December 31, 2010

Lifestyle related diseases including diabetes, polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) and gestational diabetes (GDM) in women are increasing alarmingly. The financial, physical and emotional cost to the individual, the community and the government are significant. Greater insights into these preventable diseases are needed to identify barriers to behavior change and behaviors that are modifiable. This research must include an understanding of the health-related behaviors of women around diabetes including health beliefs and attitudes, the role of psychological functioning and risk perception as well as response to illness. Education and translation of these findings is the priority of this project.

Results to date (November 2012):

Posters and presentations:

  • International Congress of Endocrinology (ICE), Rio de Janeiro (Brazil),  2008
  • Southern Health 2008
  • Southern Health 2009
  • Endocrine Society Australia 2009
  • Fertility Society of Australia, 2009
  • Federation of the International Obstetrics and Gynecology Conference,  Cape Town (South Africa), 2009
  • Southern Health 2010
  • The PCOS Alliance Workshop, Melbourne (Australia), August 2010
  • Australasian Society for Behavioural Health and Medicine Conference,  Brisbane (Australia), February 2010
  • POSSA conference, Sydney (Australia), March 2010
  • Global Telehealth (televised nationally), 13th July 2010
  • ANZOS 2010
  • Australasian Menopause Society, 2010, Sydney (Australia)
  • Australian Society for Medical Research (ASMR), Melbourne (Australia), 2010
  • Endo 2012, Houston (USA)
  • Australian Diabetes in Pregnancy Society annual Scientific meeting, August 2013, Sydney (Australia)
  • World Diabetes Congress, Melbourne (Australia), December 2013

Papers accepted:

* Project completed in December 2010


BRIDGES (Bringing Research in Diabetes to Global Environments and Systems) is a programme initiated by the International Diabetes Federation, and supported by an educational grant from Lilly Diabetes.