DOMTRUs Prevention research aims to:
- Prevent diabetes using new methodologies
- Understand how to translate diabetes prevention strategies across high risk populations
- Investigate screening strategies (e.g. enhancing the AUSDRISK tool)
- Research how to prevent diabetes in people excluded from the major trials
The Pasifika Preventing Diabetes Programme
The Pasifika Preventing Diabetes Programme involves expansion of the community based Le Taeao Afua intervention to a large randomised trial in 48 Sydney Pasifika churches over the next 51 months.
The project is funded by a NHMRC Partnership Grant ($1.4 million) with an additional $3.1 million contributed from NSW Health, NSW Pathology, South Western Sydney Local Health District, Western Sydney Local Health District, Nepean Blue Mountains Local Health District, South Eastern Sydney Local Health District, South Western Sydney Primary Health Network, WentWest, Wentworth Healthcare, Central and South Eastern Sydney Primary Health Network, Sanofi, Diabetes Australia NSW & ACT and SPHERE.
Le Taeao Afua Samoan Diabetes Prevention Project
Le Taeao Afua Samoan Diabetes Prevention Program (LTA) is a project currently underway to pilot test a lifestyle diabetes prevention and management program for Samoan communities delivered through churches in South Western Sydney (SWS). The project is funded by SWS Local Health District and South Western Sydney, Western Sydney and Nepean Blue Mountains Primary Health Network and combines complimentary strategies to ensure whole community engagement including:
- Motivational interviewing, person-centred
- Peer support facilitation
- Community coach facilitation
- 12 healthy lifestyle messages (7 diet and 5 physical activity) to encourage sustainable healthy lifestyle change
- Educational and behaviour change support strategies
- 10 diabetes management messages
By combining these strategies together in a sustainable community based approach, Samoan people living in SWS have increased support in tackling diabetes in their community.
This combined diabetes prevention, diabetes service and diabetes integrated care intervention is funded by South Western Sydney Local Health District through the Wollondilly Health Alliance. Now in its second year, the programme includes:
- Mapping the built environment and identifying areas to promote physical activity
- Mapping the local health promotion and community lifestyle activities
- Linking health promotion and community lifestyle activities with primary care
- Developing a peer support programme for preventing diabetes
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A prospective study funded by NIH/JDRF: A type 1 diabetes prevention programme based on natural history.