DiRECT-Aus and type 2 diabetes remission

DiRECT-Aus is supported by funding from the Sydney North Health Network, Diabetes NSW & ACT, Western Sydney Primary Health Network, South Western Sydney Primary Health Network, North Coast Primary Health Network and Western NSW Primary Health Network.

DiRECT-Aus and type 2 diabetes remission

DiRECT-Aus is a research study looking to demonstrate that type 2 diabetes remission is possible through a weight management program delivered at your own doctor’s office.

It was previously thought that a diagnosis of type 2 diabetes was permanent. But recent evidence suggests that type 2 diabetes may be able to be put into remission through significant weight loss. The DiRECT-Aus study is hoping to show that diabetes remission is possible and that it can be achieved through a structured weight management program delivered within general practice.

The DiRECT-Aus study is recruiting eligible participants to take part. Participants will be supported to lose weight in several ways: meeting regularly with a dietitian who will assist with diet and meal planning, receiving a supply of meal replacement shakes and bars free of charge and attending individual and group nutrition education sessions with a focus on behaviour change and healthy lifestyle modification. Participants will attend consultations within their own GP Practice.

Outcomes from previous diabetes remission studies have shown that 66% of participants losing 10-15kg are able to put their diabetes in remission. While not all participants are able to put diabetes in remission, there are many important benefits beyond diabetes remission. Participants may lower blood pressure, cholesterol, reduce their diabetes medication, receive support to aid in weight loss and make healthier lifestyle choices.

If outcomes from DiRECT-Aus are positive, it may add to the growing body of evidence that type 2 diabetes can be put into remission. That is great news for people living with type 2 diabetes, those at risk and newly diagnosed. It may provide alternative treatment options for people living with type 2 diabetes as well as hope and motivation and a renewed sense of action after a diagnosis of type 2 diabetes.

Who is conducting DiRECT-Aus?

DiRECT-Aus is being conducted through a collaboration between Diabetes NSW & ACT, five Primary Health Networks (PHN) including Sydney North Health Network, South Western Sydney Primary Health Network, Western Sydney Primary Health Network, Western NSW Primary Health Network and North Coast Primary Health Network. The research partner is the Boden Collaboration with the University of Sydney.

How can you get involved?

We are recruiting:

to take part in the trial. Potential participants must meet eligibility criteria and be able to attend visits at one of the participating GP practices within the five PHN areas.

Current practice locations include:

  • Sydney North (Chatswood, Gladesville, Ryde, Pennant Hills, Neutral Bay and Mount Colah)
  • Western Sydney (Toongabbie, Carlingford and Quakers Hill)
  • South Western Sydney (Airds, Bowral, Bargo and Yagoona)
  • North Coast (Alstonville, Casino and Grafton)
  • Western NSW (Broken Hill and Dubbo).

How can I get more information?

If you have questions or would like more information, you can contact us at 1300 234 736 or 

Download the study information brochure 

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