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Project title: The APHLID-M project: Apps and Peer support for a Healthy future and Living Well with Diabetes

Overall, 40-60 per cent of youth with Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes have a mental health condition, affecting their lives, ability to self-manage their diabetes and increasing their risk of complications. Limited access to services aggravates this problem.

The APHLID Project will support young people with diabetes through providing access to a technology-enabled model of care, leveraging access to peer support and a clinically validated digital platform.

In partnership with eight hospitals throughout Sydney and Goulburn Valley a 12-month randomised controlled trial will rigorously test how well this model works in the 'real world'. The APHLID project will aim to improve young people's mental health (particularly distress), well-being and physical health and reduce health care costs and burden.

The APHLID Project will also consist of a parallel study that will examine the effect of the approach on response to short-term distress and its use in regional Aboriginal communities through piloting the project in two NSW Aboriginal Medical Services.

The APHLID Project will work in partnership with our partner hospitals, diabetes consumer organisations and health professional organisations to consistently implement APHLID in the real world.

TTRA Project Round:  Two

State:  New South Wales

Project Partners:

  • South Eastern Sydney Local Health District
  • South Western Sydney Local Health District
  • St Vincent Hospital Network Sydney
  • Sydney Children Hospitals Network
  • Maridulu Budyari Gumal
  • Goulburn Valley Health
  • Perx Health
  • headspace
  • Butterfly Foundation


  • TTRA: $744,873
  • Industry Contribution: $1,046,548 in-kind

Duration:  August 2022 – July 2024

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