In 2011, the first Australian Diabetes MILES Study took place. This was the largest ever national survey about what it’s like to live with diabetes in Australia. More than 3,000 adults with type 1 or type 2 diabetes took part.
In 2015, the second Australian Diabetes MILES Study (Diabetes MILES-2) took place, closing May 11th.
Like it’s predecessor, Diabetes MILES-2 is a national survey of Australians with type 1 or type 2 diabetes that focuses on the psychological, behavioural and social aspects of living with these conditions.
The first goal of the Diabetes MILES-2 is to follow-up with the original MILES study participants to see if and how things have changed for them over the past 4 years. Has it gotten easier to live with diabetes in Australia? Or perhaps more challenging? Have health and well-being outcomes improved or worsened, particularly in relation to changes in self-management, healthcare access, or support? Diabetes MILES-2 will enable us to answer these questions, and many others.
The second goal of Diabetes MILES-2 is to generate fresh evidence with a new group of Australian adults with diabetes who didn’t previously take part in the original Diabetes MILES Study. By enabling more people to take part in the study, we will develop a fuller picture about what it’s like to live with diabetes for different groups of Australians. This includes people living in rural and regional areas, people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, and people of different ages and stages of life.
Thank you to all those who took part in Diabetes MILES - 2