Diabetes and sleep

Our researchers are co-partnering with communities to translate healthcare findings into practice.

Our research improves health and wellbeing for rural people living with diabetes by investigating the impact of diabetes on sleep, and building better models of clinical and public health care in rural communities.

Centre staff projects

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This research is supported by the Diabetes Australia Research Trust.

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This is a nurse-led and Aboriginal Health Worker supported model for Obstructive Sleep Apnoea diagnosis and management in remote Queensland. This research is supported by a $50,000 grant from the Tropical Australian Academic Health Centre (TAAHC).

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This is a co-designed sleep health program to achieve better sleep and improved mental health symptoms in Indigenous adolescents. This research is supported by a $586,961 grant from the Medical Research Future Fund.

Professor Timothy Skinner (VVMCRHR) has been working with  two large research teams on projects within the  Impact Diabetes B2B (Bump2Baby and Me) project

The Impact Diabetes B2B (Bump2Baby and Me) project has received 4,318,747.50 € funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement Number 847984 and  $497,609 funding from Australia’s National Health and Medical Research Council, grant #GNT1194234.

Research team:

  • Allan Jones, Roche Diabetes Care GmbH
  • Jakob Eyvind Bardarm,Technical University of Denmark
  • Per Bækgaard, Technical University of Denmark
  • Claus Cramer-Petersen, Technical University of Denmark
  • Professor Timothy Skinner (VVMCRHR)
  • And many other researchers

While the costs associated with chronic diseases continue to rise, many people with diabetes still do not achieve their treatment goals.The Integrated Personalized Diabetes Management Goes Europe: EIT Health Innovation by Design program aims to personalise diabetes care, by identifying and tailoring services to the unique needs, preferences and circumstances of each individual with diabetes.

The global research projgram is supported by a 2,746,546.00 € research grant from  EIT Health, a body of the European Union.

Read a  research paper from the program.

Professor Timothy Skinner (VVMCRHR) is working with research teams in Nigeria on two projects.

  1. A randomized trial of an intensive education intervention using App and network of involved diabetes patients to improve glycaemic control of type 2 diabetes patients, with the support of a $US 66,350 grant from the International Diabetes Federation. Read about the trial here.
  2. A community-based randomised trial of lifestyle intervention using targeted shared care approach on pregnancy outcomes in Nigerian women with gestational diabetes mellitus but without diabetes mellitus,with the support of a $US 127,982 grant from the International Diabetes Federation.

Higher degree research student projects


  • Setho Hadisuyatmana,


This is a PhD research project exploring 'Living with Diabetes Mellitus and Sexual Dysfunctions: Mixed Method Study'.