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Volunteers with diabetic retinopathy needed for innovative new study

image-tools (68)The Centre for Eye Research Australia (CERA) is looking for volunteers for a new program to enhance well-being and strengthen coping skills in people with diabetic retinopathy – one of Australia’s leading eye diseases.

The program was developed in response to earlier research which found that people with diabetic retinopathy are more likely to report that their diabetes has a greater negative impact on their quality of life than people who don’t have diabetic retinopathy.

To be involved in the program you need to:

  • Have Type 2 diabetes – either on insulin or oral medication
  • Have signs of diabetic retinopathy
  • Be open to learning
  • Be able to give written informed consent to participate
  • Be willing to participate in 6-8 weekly telephone sessions

Volunteers will be randomly allocated to either receive the new program or to continue to access the usual eye care services.

All eligible volunteers (whether they are taking part in the new program or not) will receive the following:

  • A brief telephone interview to assess if you are suitable
  • A short series of questionnaires conducted over the telephone
  • 3 appointments (spaced over 9 months) at the Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital to check your diabetes status, including a measure of your blood glucose levels, height, weight and eye health

This program will help determine whether learning and applying practical problem-solving skills can improve the quality of life for people with diabetic retinopathy.

If you would like to know more about the study, please contact the study coordinator below:


Ms Fleur O’Hare

Telephone: (03) 9929 8075

Email: oharef@unimelb.edu.au