The first MILES initiative was the Diabetes MILES – Australia Study, conducted in 2011 by the ACBRD and led by Professor Speight. The aim of this study was to gather data to provide insights into how Australian adults with type 1 and type 2 diabetes manage their diabetes, what support they receive, and the impact that diabetes has on their lives.
The Diabetes MILES – Australia survey booklet was posted to 15,000 adults (aged 18-70 years) with type 1 or type 2 diabetes selected randomly from the National Diabetes Services Scheme (NDSS) database. An online version of the survey was advertised nationally. A total of 3,338 eligible Australian adults completed the survey.
A description of the study methods and top-line results are available in the free downloadable Diabetes MILES – Australia 2011 survey report. Study methods and results have also been published in conference presentations and journal articles.
The Diabetes MILES – Australia 2011 survey was funded by a National Diabetes Services Scheme (NDSS) Strategic Development Grant. The NDSS is an initiative of the Australian Government administered by Diabetes Australia. The original Diabetes MILES website, and access to the online survey was supported by an unrestricted grant from Sanofi Aventis.