Project Lead

Associate Professor Elif Ekinci

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Lead partner

The University of Melbourne


Austin Health; Melbourne Health; Northern Health; St Vincent’s Health Melbourne

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Diabetes is a major contributor to the mortality gap between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians. The risk and severity of diabetes complications are far greater in Indigenous than non-Indigenous Australians. We urgently need effective and convenient ways of improving diabetes management in Indigenous Australians, a goal of the National Diabetes Strategy. New technologies that continuously monitor blood glucose are effective in assisting people to improve their blood glucose levels by driving changes in behaviour, lifestyle and therapy. The devices are worn on the arm and provide continuous, real-time feedback on blood glucose levels, but have not been tested in Indigenous Australians. In this study, we will assess the feasibility of using these devices in Indigenous communities and gauge their effect on glucose management including achieving glucose targets, hypoglycaemia episodes and their effects on quality of life.


This project is supported by the Australian Government’s Medical Research Future Fund (MRFF) as part of the Rapid Applied Research Translation program.

If the results of the larger study demonstrate a reduction in blood glucose levels in Indigenous Australians with diabetes using flash glucose monitors and this strategy is cost effective, then this study will likely change the way diabetes is managed for all Indigenous Australians and other high-risk individuals.