Funding success: THRI researchers to trial health app for young people managing diabetes and mental health

To better support the mental health of young people with diabetes, Western Sydney University, together with Maridulu Budyari Gumal (SPHERE) partners, will trial an innovative app assisted “model of care” following a grant of $744,873 from the Australian Government’s Targeted Translation Research Accelerator (TTRA) program, delivered by MTPConnect for the Medical Research Future Fund.

As part of a six-month randomised controlled trial, the researchers will monitor 142 young people using the app developed by Perx Health across eight hospitals in New South Wales and Victoria, assessing its effectiveness in improving mental health, well-being and physical health. The participants will partake in an experience collaboratively created with clinicians, patient advocates and technologists all built on top of Perx Health's digital platform and integrated into care delivery.

The project will be led by Distinguished Professor David Simmons (SoM, THRI) and the research team will include: Karen Mathews, Phillipa Hay, Aunty Kerrie Doyle, Anand Hardikar, Kathy Tannous, Shameran Slewa-Younan, Kate McBride, Milan Piya, Tinashe Dune, Robert Doyle, Jincy Emmanuel, Rachel Hicks.

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