Type 2 diabetes can be prevented in up to 58 per cent of cases or delayed by up to 14 years.

Diabetes SA, in collaboration with Flinders University, is testing our AUS2PREVENT lifestyle change program consisting of 14 face-to-face, structured group sessions and support over a 12-month period.

The Trial aims to demonstrate that AUS2PREVENT is more effective at preventing or delaying type 2 diabetes and is also more cost-effective than current “Usual Care” (namely, brief education from the GP).

To find out more about the study, click here .

Thank you for your interest in the AUS2PREVENT trial. Recruitment for the trial is now closed.

For any questions relating to the trial, please email , or call 08 8354 5812.

What if I am at high risk of type 2 diabetes but am not eligible for the trial?

If you complete the screening process and we find that you are at high-risk of developing type 2 diabetes but do not meet all the eligibility criteria to be enrolled in the trial, we will provide you with a referral letter to your GP. We will also direct you to some useful resources and will provide you with access to a health professional for over the phone information and support.

To be eligible you must be:

  • 18 years of age or over
  • be able to attend coaching sessions in one of our venues located in the city council areas of West Torrens, Marion, Campbelltown, or Tea Tree Gully, Charles Sturt, Holdfast Bay, Mitcham, Onkaparinga, Playford, Port Adelaide/Enfield, and Salisbury
  • have not been diagnosed with type 1 or type 2 diabetes
  • agree to undertake the trial activities being asked of you. For everyone, this includes seeing your GP and consenting to the collection, use and storage of your personal and health information we collect during the trial.

Why do we need to trial the AUS2PREVENT program?

At least 2 million Australians and 180,000 South Australians are at risk of developing type 2 diabetes.

Worldwide, the evidence indicates that type 2 diabetes is largely preventable through the modification of lifestyle factors and intensive support (otherwise known as a behaviour change program).

In fact, up to 58% of type 2 diabetes cases can be prevented or delayed!

That is why Diabetes SA aims to demonstrate that the AUS2PREVENT program will not only improve the health and wellbeing of Australians at risk of type 2 diabetes, but it may also bring substantially greater cost-savings to the Government and the community.

What do I have to do to participate in the Trial? 

The AU2PREVENT Trial is a “randomised controlled trial (RCT)”.

If you meet the eligibility criteria for the trial, you will be randomly assigned to either one of two-groups - i.e., the “AUS2PREVENT program” or “Usual Care”.

If you are assigned to the “AUS2PREVENT program” you will participate in a lifestyle change program consisting of 14 face-to-face, structured group sessions and support over a 12-month period. The program, delivered by qualified health coaches, focusses on supporting people to create their own health and lifestyle goals. People will be provided with information and practical skills to create sustainable healthy habits in the areas of nutrition, physical activity, and management of weight and stress.

In contrast, if you are assigned to “Usual Care” you will not participate in the 14 face-to-face, group-based sessions; this is not what a GP will usually offer you if they find you to be at high risk of type 2 diabetes. Instead, you will receive an easy to read, educational brochure explaining which lifestyle factors can be changed to reduce the impact of disease risk factors to prevent or delay diabetes. The brochure will include practical tips to help people make the required lifestyle changes.

What is a RCT?

An RCT is the gold standard in scientific research. It controls for many potential factors that can unknowingly or knowingly affect the outcomes being examined. An RCT is consider as the best design for providing robust scientific evidence on the feasibility, acceptability and effectiveness of the program to improve overall health, and prevent or delay the onset of type 2 diabetes, in Australians who are at risk of developing the condition or already have pre-diabetes.

What is pre-diabetes?

Pre-diabetes is when blood glucose levels are higher than normal – but not high enough to be diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. Often, pre-diabetes has no signs or symptoms, but like type 2 diabetes, it results when the body's insulin not working effectively. Learn more about pre-diabetes.