Education & Training

As knowledge experts in the diabetes and cardiovascular space, Baker IDI has a long history of developing and delivering customised training resources and programs to educate the community, health professionals and sales representatives, in Australia, the Asia Pacific region and around the world.


Translating the Institute's research findings into better heatlh is a core part of Baker IDI's mission and education is one way that we can do that whilst also enhancing community understanding. 

Through engagement with us, our partners are able to access high quality, customised scientific information that is at the forefront of the diabetes and cardiovascular health disciplines.


Name of partner: Fitness Australia

Lift for Life - Train-the-trainer: a PD opportunity for members and employees

Lift for Life, a community-based strength training program, is the culmination of research studies between 1999 and 2006 led by Baker IDI's Professor David Dunstan. The program is based on Professor Dunstan's discovery that improved glucose control could be achieved by those with type 2 diabetes through engaging in a medium-high intensity progressive strength training program.

In 2009, Baker IDI licensed the rights to the program to Australia's fitness industry association (Fitness Australia) to help increase the uptake and access to the program nationally. In 2010, Fitness Australia and Baker IDI successfully applied for three-year government funding to roll-out the Lift for Life program in disadvantaged communities throughout Australia, with a particular focus on people not in regular paid employment.

By 2012, over 350 trainers were accredited to deliver Lift for Life to more than 1400 individuals across nearly 100 centres throughout Australia. From remote locations such as Alice Springs and Thursday Island to Hume and the Bass Coast in Victoria , Life for Life has been very popular with local communities and has provided extensive learnings for Fitness Australia, Baker IDI and the Australian Government on implementing lifestyle programs in disadvantaged communities. It has also helped hundreds of Australians achieve better health and glucose control. 

Name of Partner: Royal Flying Doctor Service Victoria

Health Screening Program - Program development and support

Royal Flying Doctor Service Victoria (RFDS) have long conducted a health screening service at rural and regional country shows/field days and the Royal Melbourne Show to assist members of the Victorian community understand their risk of disease and promote better health. In 2012, the RFDS engaged Baker IDI to review and develop their health screening program ensuring the inclusion of appropriate tests and protocols. The review was also used as an opportunity to up-skill the agency's volunteers, ensuring that all tests were undertaken accurately.

Following the health screenings at two regional shows in 2013, RFDS is again partnering with Baker IDI to analyse the data collected and understand areas where they may be able to direct their preventative health services and continue supporting good community health in future.

Name of partner: Victorian Department of Human Services, Sanofi Australia & New Zealand, MSD, AstraZeneca/Bristol-Myers Squibb Diabetes Alliance

Educational workshops - Face-to-face engagement with expert researchers and clinicians

Offering tailored workshops, for small to large groups, at the Alfred Medical Research Education Precinct in Melbourne or at off-site locations, Baker IDI can professionally manage an educational event for organisational staff and associates. The workshop might also incorporate networking sessions and a tour of the Institute's facilities.

Baker IDI has worked with a number of partners, including the Victorian Department of Human Services (Disability Accommodation Services in the North Division) and leading pharmaceutical companies, to provide detailed knowledge on the latest in diabetes research and treatment. Workshops have been customised for a range of audiences, including clinicians, pharmaceutical representatives and disability carers. Each has helped improve attendees' knowledge of diabetes and how it affects patients' lives, enhancing their skills to engage with those who have, or care for an individual with diabetes.