Dr Virginia Hagger



Senior Lecturer, Nursing


Faculty of Health


School of Nursing & Midwifery


Melbourne Burwood Campus


Doctor of Philosophy, Deakin University, 2019
Master of Public Health, Deakin University, 2008
Graduate Diploma In Vocational Ed & Training, University of Melbourne, 1999



Dr Virginia Hagger has over 30 years’ experience in the field of diabetes education in acute and community settings and within clinical practice, management and research roles. Virginia came to Deakin University in early 2017 and is currently the Course Director for the Graduate Certificate of Diabetes Education.

Virginia’s research interests include diabetes self-management and structured education, diabetes distress and psychological wellbeing, particularly among adolescents with type 1 diabetes. She has 16 peer-reviewed publications related to these areas of research and practice.

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Research interests

Diabetes self-management support

Structured diabetes education

Diabetes distress and depression

Adolescents and young adults living with diabetes

Health literacy


Credentialled Diabetes Educator, Australian Diabetes Educator’s Association

Quality and Patient Safety (QPS) Strategic Research Centre

Institute for Health Transformation, Deakin University

The Australian Centre for Behavioural Research in Diabetes

Member, Australian Diabetes Educator’s Association

Member, Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation

Units taught

HND732 Diabetes in Social and Psychological Contexts

HND731 Learning and Teaching for Health Professionals

HNN217 Community Nursing Practice

HNN120 Quality and Safety in Health Care

HND701 Pathophysiology of Diabetes

Knowledge areas

Type 1 and type 2 diabetes, diabetes self-management education, diabetes distress, psychosocial aspects of living with diabetes, program development and evaluation, workforce development.

Professional activities

Teaching and Learning Committee, School of Nursing and Midwifery

Course Advisory Committee, Graduate Certificate in Diabetes Education

Research groups

Quality and Patient Safety (QPS) Strategic Research Centre

The Australian Centre for Behavioural Research in Diabetes


2019 Alfred Deakin Medal for Doctoral Thesis

2017 Vice-Chancellor's Award for Teaching Team of the Year

2017 Head of School Award (Psychology) for the best PhD student publication


No publications found

Funded Projects at Deakin

Industry and Other Funding

Reducing blood glucose related driving mishaps among adults with type 1 diabetes: feasibility and initial efficacy of a low-cost intervention

Dr Steven Trawley, Prof Jane Speight, Dr Virginia Hagger, Susanne Baxandall, Prof Daniel Cox

Australian Diabetes Educators Association

  • 2017: $36,363

Diabetes on campus: a tailored settings-based approach to supporting transition to university for young adults with diabetes.

Dr Virginia Hagger, Prof Bodil Rasmussen, Dr Amelia Lake, A/Prof Shane Hamblin

Australian Diabetes Educators Association

  • 2021: $14,987
  • 2020: $44,963

MRFF Targeted Translation Research Accelerator Project: LISTEN (Low Intensity mental health Support via a Telehealth Enables Network for adults with diabetes and CVD): Effectiveness and scalability.

Dr Edith Holloway, Prof Jane Speight, Dr Christel Hendrieckx, Prof Vincent Versace, Prof Adrienne O'Neil, Dr Virginia Hagger

Diabetes Australia - Vic, MTP Connect

  • 2024: $3,903
  • 2023: $406,106
  • 2022: $173,204
  • 2021: $121,006

MRFF Targeted Translation Research Accelerator: HypoPAST: Online psycho - educational training for ' Hypoglycaemia Prevention, Awareness of Symptoms, and Treatment ' in adults with type 1 diabetes.

Prof Jane Speight, Dr Christel Hendrieckx, Prof Vincent Versace, Dr Elizabeth Holmes-Truscott, Dr Virginia Hagger

MTP Connect

  • 2023: $298,677
  • 2022: $62,177

Measuring diabetes educator competencies in practice settings: development and psychometric analysis of a clinical assessment tool.

Dr Virginia Hagger, Prof Bodil Rasmussen, Mrs Cath Mcnamara, A/Prof Pat Nicholson

Australian Diabetes Educators Association Ltd

  • 2023: $41,724
  • 2022: $6,954


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