Participants needed for Diabetes study on the South Coast

IHMRI researchers at the Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health District are seeking people with type 2 diabetes in NSW to take part in a research program

The researchers, Dr Susan Furber and PhD candidate Karen Waller, are investigating whether health coaching via text message can improve the well-being of people living with type 2 diabetes. 

DTEXT Chief Investigator, Dr Susan Furber said the research will show if receiving text messages on healthy lifestyle and diabetes self-care will improve the health of people with type 2 diabetes.

“The number of people in Australia with type 2 diabetes is estimated to increase from 870,000 to over 2.5 million in the next 20 years. This significant increase is due to factors such as high overweight and obesity rates and poor lifestyle behaviours,” Dr Furber said.

“Research shows that improving your lifestyle by eating better; being more active and managing your diabetes well, can improve your health and reduce diabetes-related complications. Reducing these complications can also lead to a significant reduction in hospitalisations and the associated costs to the health care system” she said.

The text messages provide motivation, support and guidance on physical activity, nutrition and diabetes care for six months.

To study the effectiveness of the text message program, participants will have their cholesterol and diabetes level monitored along with lifestyle measures.

The researchers are inviting adults with type 2 diabetes and a high blood glucose level, determined by a glycated haemoglobin (HbA1c) of 7% or above into the research program. You must also have a mobile phone and cannot be pregnant.

The DTEXT Program Manager, Karen Waller explains:

“We want to see if receiving text messages can reduce blood glucose levels of participants. Research shows that improvements in lifestyle and diabetes self-care can improve glycaemic control and reduce diabetes complications. If this can be achieved through a text message program, it provides a convenient and cost effective method to complement existing health care”.

More than 70 people have successfully complete the program and have reported high levels of satisfaction and improvements in managing their health.

One of the participants of the pilot study, Jon Roberts, states:

“What I liked about the program was that somebody cared and was there to help. Getting a message every day with helpful hints make you feel like you are not alone.”

Penney McLean recently completed the 6 month DTEXT program and said:

“The program is fantastic. I am much happier, have a positive attitude and feel good about myself. I now feel proud of me.”

DTEXT is being run by ISLHD in partnership with The University of Sydney and has been funded through a NSW Health Translational Research Grant.

Participants receive $75 for participating. If you are interested in taking part in this free program, please contact DTEXT Program Manager, Karen Waller.

More about DTEXT


Phone: 4221 6723


Media coverage

The Illawarra Mercury

13 July 2018: IHMRI’s DTEXT program is simple, but proving effective

Media contact

Louise Negline, Communications Coordinator

t: 4221 4702

m: 0417 044 867


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