Staff profile - Jane Speight

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Prof Jane Speight

Position: Chair, Behavioural and Social Research in Diabetes
role description
Faculty or Division: Faculty of Health
Department: School of Psychology
Campus: Geelong Waterfront Campus


Biography summary

Jane has a PhD in health psychology from the University of London, is a chartered psychologist, an Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Medicine.


  • Doctor of Philosophy, 2003
  • Master of Science, Middlesex University (UK), 1995
  • Bachelor of Science, Brunel University, 1993

Career highlights

Jane's leadership roles include being the Lead for the National Diabetes Services Scheme (NDSS) national development program ‘mental health and diabetes’ and lead author of the Diabetes Australia position statement ‘A new language for diabetes’.

Jane's research translation achievements include being a founding member of the DAFNE (‘dose adjustment for normal eating’) education program, which has trained more than 28,000 adults with type 1 diabetes in the UK since 2001, more than 2000 in Australia/New Zealand since 2005, and is also available in Kuwait and Singapore.

Jane is author of more than 50 peer-reviewed journal publications and book chapters, more than 100 conference presentations. Over the past decade, she has been a principle investigator on research attracting funds of $9.7million, with over $8.2million achieved since 2007.


Jane is a member of the following professional organisations:

American Diabetes Association (ADA)

Australian Diabetes Society (ADS)

Australian Society for Psychological Research in Diabetes (ASPRID)

British Psychological Society (BPS); Associate Fellow since 2004

BPS Division of Health Psychology (DHP)

Diabetes UK

European Health Psychology Society (EHPS)

International Diabetes Federation

International Society for Pharmacoeconomics & Outcomes Research (ISPOR)

International Society for Quality of Life Research (ISOQoL)

Primary Care Diabetes Society (PCDS)

PsychoSocial Aspects of Diabetes (PSAD) Study Group of European Association for the Study of Diabetes (EASD); Honorary Treasurer 2001-2004

Royal Society of Medicine; Fellow since 2006

UK Society for Behavioural Medicine (UKSBM)

Professional activities

Jane is a peer-reviewer for numerous journals including: Australian Journal of Primary Care, British Journal of Health Psychology, BMJ, BMJ Open, Diabetes Care, Diabetic Medicine, Health & Quality of Life Outcomes (HQLO), Journal of Diabetes Investigation, The Patient, Pediatric Diabetes, PharmacoEconomics, Psychology Health and Medicine, Quality of Life Research, Value in Health

Jane is a peer-reviewer of grant applications for various funding bodies, including: UK Dept of Health NCC RCD, Diabetes Australia Research Trust (DART), Diabetes UK, Health Research Board (Ireland), National Institute of Health Research (NIHR) UK, National Health & Medical Research Council (NHMRC)

Jane is a member of the Accu-Chek Advisory Board, Roche Diagnostics Australia (since January 2011). She is a member of the Specialist Knowledge List of British Psychological Society (BPS) Division of Health Psychology (DHP) for diabetes, hereditary angioedema (HAE), polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) and restless legs syndrome (RLS), providing expertise in response to calls for consultation by organisation such as NICE and the DoH (2007 onwards).


Conferences and seminars

Recent conference presentations include:

Browne JL, Ventura A, Mosely K, Speight J (2013) Perspectives on diabetes-related social stigma: an interview study. American Diabetes Association, 20-24 June, Chicago.

Dixon JB, Browne JL, Lambert G, Reddy P, Pouwer F, Speight J (2013) Severely obese people with diabetes experience unique compounding psychological and socioeconomic stresses and barriers to weight management: Results from Diabetes MILES – Australia. Obesity Surgery Society of Australia & New Zealand (OSSANZ), 2-4 October 2013, Gold Coast.

Eborall H, McNicol, Dallosso H, Speight J, Daly H, Martin-Stacey L, Carey M, Davies M, Khunti K, Heller SR (2013) Explaining engagement in self-monitoring of blood glucose and urinalysis among participants of the DESMOND SMBG trial: a qualitative interview study. Diabetes UK , 13-15 March, Manchester.

Furler J,  Blackberry I,  O'Neal D, Ginnivan L, Manski-Nankervis JA, Holmes-Truscott E, Young D, Best J, Patterson E, Speight J (2013) ‘Stepping Up' study protocol: A cluster RCT of team-based transition to insulin in primary care for people with type 2 diabetes. Primary Health Care Research Conference, Sydney. 10-12 July 2013.

Halliday J, Hendrieckx C, Beeney L, Morrish L, Baxandall S, Speight J (2013) Monitoring the well-being of people with diabetes: how to translate guidelines into routine care? The NDSS National Development Program for Mental Health and Diabetes. ADS-ADEA meeting, 28-30 August 2013, Sydney.

Heller SR, Dallosso H, Hadjiconstantinou M, Morris D, Speight J, Campbell M, Carey M, Daly H, Eborall H, Martin-Stacey L, Khunti K, Davies M (2013) Does self-monitoring of blood glucose as opposed to urinalysis provide additional benefit in people with newly diagnosed type 2 diabetes receiving structured education? A cluster randomised controlled trial. Diabetes UK, 13-15 March, Manchester.

Hendrieckx C, Halliday JA, Colman P, Cohen N, Jenkins A, Speight  J (2013) How problematic hypoglycaemia compromises quality of life. ADS-ADEA meeting, 28-30 August 2013, Sydney. (Oral)

Holmes-Truscott E, Horne R, Skinner TC, Pouwer F, Speight J (2013) Concerns about current diabetes medications are associated with perceived barriers to future insulin use in people with type 2 diabetes. Australasian Society for Behavioural Health and Medicine, 6-8 February, Newcastle.

Little S, Leelarathna L, Walkinshaw E, Tan HK, Chapple O, Lubina-Solomon A, Barendse S, Chadwick T, Brennand C, Stocken D, Wood R, Marshall SM, Begley J, Kerr D, Speight J, Flanagan D, Heller S, Evans M, Shaw JAM (2013) A definitive multicenter RCT to restore hypoglycemia awareness and prevent recurrent severe hypoglycemia in adults with long-standing type 1 diabetes: Results from the HypoCOMPaSS Trial. American Diabetes Association, Chicago, 21-25 June. Abstract 387-OR (President’s Late-breaking Oral Session II).

Nefs E, Bot M, Browne JL, Speight J, Pouwer F (2013) Diabetes MILES – The Netherlands: psychosocial aspects of living with diabetes in Dutch adults. European Health Psychology Society, 17-20 July, Bordeaux, France. (Oral)

Shaw JAM on behalf of the Hypo COMPaSS Trial Group (2013) Prevention of recurrent severe hypo glycaemia in type 1 diabetes: HypoCOMPaSS. Diabetes UK, Manchester, 13-15 March.

Speight J, Barendse SM, Inkster B, Frier BM, Shaw JAM (2013) Psychometric Validation of a Novel Measure of Impaired Awareness of Hypoglycemia: the Hypoglycemia Awareness Questionnaire (HypoA-Q). American Diabetes Association, Chicago, 21-25 June. Abstract 28-LB.

Vora J, Cohen N, Evans M, Hockey A, Speight J, Whately-Smith C (2013) Glycemic Control and Treatment Satisfaction in Type 2 Diabetes: Basal Plus compared with Biphasic Insulin in the LANSCAPE Trial. American Diabetes Association, Chicago, 21-25 June. Abstract 47-LB.


Awards and prizes

2006 Fellow of the Royal Society of Medicine (FRSM)

2004 Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society (AFBPsS)

2001 & 2002 Invited to present research at the SET (Science, Engineering and Technology) for Britain: Reception for Younger Scientists held at the Palace of Westminster, London


Research projects

Among her various research projects, Jane is an investigator on several national and international studies:

- DESMOND Self Monitoring Study: evaluating selfmonitoring
of blood glucose embedded in structured education for type 2 diabetes
- Diabetes MILES (Management and Impact for Longterm Empowerment
and Success) Study and Diabetes MILES Youth Study
- Dose Adjustment For Normal Eating (DAFNE) research program,
developing and evaluating structured type 1 diabetes education for adults;
and OzDAFNE program
- Hypo COMPaSS trial: using optimized technology to prevent recurrent
severe hypoglycaemia
- Metabolic control with overnight 'closed loop' in the ambulatory setting in
people with type 1 diabetes
- NDSS National Development Program for Mental Health and Diabetes
- Stepping Up clusterrandomised controlled trial of an intervention to
support primary care professionals to conduct timely and evidencebased
review of the management of type 2 diabetes
- TEAM T1: national rollout and evaluation of ‘teens empowered to actively
manage type 1 diabetes’
- TLC Diabetes: implementation trial of ‘telephone linked care’ for adults with
type 2 diabetes
- UK Islet Transplantation Consortium (UKITC) research program

Research interests

Jane has a well-established portfolio of research in behavioural, psychological and social aspects of diabetes and is widely regarded as one of the leading psychologists specialising in diabetes in the UK and Australia. Her principle research interests focus broadly on improving the quality of life of people with diabetes and optimising their self-care. Her research interests include:

- evaluating and enhancing provision of structured diabetes education

- restoring impaired awareness of hypoglycaemia and preventing recurrent severe hypoglycaemia

- expectations, experiences and optimisation of new diabetes treatments and technologies

- the experience of social stigma related to diabetes

- monitoring and reducing diabetes-related distress

- investigating the needs of specific populations, e.g. young adults with type 2 diabetes, adolescents with type 1 diabetes, women with diabetes planning and during pregnancy.

Jane is widely regarded as an authority on the development, use and interpretation of measures of psychological processes and outcomes in diabetes, also known as patient-reported outcomes (PROs). She also has interests in other long-term conditions, such as restless legs syndrome, polycystic ovary syndrome and hereditary angioedema.

Research grants

Oldenburg B, Russell A, Harris M, Scuffham P, Riddell M, Speight J, Bird D, Friedman R, Williams E (2013) Preventing complications in people with type 2 diabetes by using new technologies to optimise selfmanagement. NHMRC Partnership Grant (APP1057411): $848,942; 3 yrs.

O’Neal D, Colman P, Jenkins A, Ward G, Kumareswaran K, Speight J, MacIsaac R, Bach L (2013) Metabolic Control with Overnight Closed Loop in the Ambulatory Setting in People with Type 1 Diabetes. Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation International: $927,614; 2 yrs.

Mosely K, Browne JL, Speight J (2013) Determining barriers and strategies to increase physical activity in adults with type 2 diabetes in primary care. Diabetes Australia Research Trust: $58,386; 1 yr.

Speight J, Hendrieckx C, Browne JL (2013) The National Development Program for Mental Health and Diabetes. National Diabetes Services Scheme: $1.24m; 3.5 yrs.

Speight J, Hendrieckx C, Browne JL (2013) The Diabetes MILES Youth Study. National Diabetes Services Scheme: $165,000; 1.5 yrs.

Speight J, Hendrieckx C, Browne JL (2013) Experiences of transition from paediatric to adult diabetes care. National Diabetes Services Scheme: $84,370; 1 yr.

Hagger V, Speight J (2012) TEAM T1 (Teens Empowered and Actively Managing Type 1): a national self-management program for adolescents with type 1 diabetes. Department of Health and Ageing: $1,880,957; 3 yrs.

Browne JL, Hendrieckx C, Speight J (2011) Building the evidence in chronic disease management: IDEAS Evaluation Study. Eastern Health: AU$190,000; 2 yrs.

Shaw JAM, Heller SR, Kerr D, Flanagan D, Evans M, Speight J (2009) Prevention of recurrent severe hypoglycaemia: a definitive RCT comparing optimised MDI and CSII with or without adjunctive real-time continuous glucose monitoring (Hypo COMPaSS). Diabetes UK: £1.4million sterling; 3 yrs.

Shaw JAM, Amiel S, Johnson P, Press M, Speight J, Smith R (2007) Establishment of optimised biomedical and psychosocial measures to determine overall outcomes in islet transplant recipients. Diabetes UK: £419,000 sterling; 5 yrs.

Heller SR, Carey M, Davies M, Campbell M, Dixon S, Speight J, Dallasso H, Pitchforth E (2007) Does self monitoring of blood glucose as opposed to urinalysis provide additional benefit to newly diagnosed individuals with type 2 diabetes receiving structured education? Diabetes UK: £350,000 sterling; 5 yrs.

Research groups

Jane is Foundation Director of The Australian Centre for Behavioural Research in Diabetes, a partnership for better health between Diabetes Australia - Victoria and Deakin University.

She is a member of Deakin University's Strategic Research Centre for Mental Health and Wellbeing Reseasrch (CMHWR).

Research page



The following are in press:

Browne JL, Ventura A, Mosely K, Speight J. “I call it the blame and shame disease”: a qualitative study about perceptions of social stigma surrounding type 2 diabetes. BMJ Open.

Dixon JB, Browne JL, Mosely K, Rice TL, Jones KM, Pouwer F, Speight J. Severe obesity and diabetes self-care attitudes, behaviours and burden: implications for weight management from a matched case controlled study. Results from Diabetes MILES – Australia. Diabetic Medicine.

Holmes-Truscott E, Speight J. Comments on Petrak et al’s ‘psychological insulin resistance in type 2 diabetes …’: considerations for language and communication. Diabetes Technology and Therapeutics.

Leelarathna L, Little S, Walkinshaw E, Tan HK, LubinaSolomon A, Kumareswaran K, Lane A, Chadwick T, Marshall S, Speight J, Flanagan D, Heller SR, Shaw JAM, Evans M. Restoration of self-awareness of hypoglycemia in adults with long-standing type 1 diabetes: hyperinsulinemic hypoglycemic clamp sub-study results from the Hypo COMPaSS trial. Diabetes Care.

Little S, Leelarathna L, Barendse SM, Walkinshaw E, Tan HK, Solomon A, De Soyza N, Rogers H, Choudhary P, Amiel SA, Heller SR, Evans M, Flanagan D, Speight J, Shaw JAM. Severe hypoglycaemia in type 1 diabetes mellitus: underlying drivers and potential strategies for successful prevention. Diabetes Metabolism Research Reviews.

O’Neil A, Williams E, Browne JL, Horne R, Pouwer F, Speight J. Associations between economic hardship, employment status and markers of self-management in adults with type 2 diabetes: results from Diabetes MILES – Australia. Australia and New Zealand Journal of Public Health.

Rasmussen B, Hendrieckx C, Clarke B, Botti M, Dunning T, Jenkins A, Hagger V, Speight J. Psychosocial issues of women with type 1 diabetes transitioning to motherhood: A structured literature review. BMC Pregnancy & Childbirth.

Singh H, Murphy H, Hendrieckx C, Ritterband L, Speight J. The challenges and future considerations regarding pregnancy-related outcomes in women with pre-existing diabetes. Current Diabetes Reports.

Speight J, Conn J, Dunning T, Holmes-Truscott E, Skinner TC. Words on diabetes: the power of language. Diabetes Voice.

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