Graduate Certificate in Diabetes Education and Management
Join the Australian healthcare system’s fight against diabetes
Learn how to manage diabetes, and how to help diabetics self-manage their condition. Accredited by the Australian Diabetes Educators Association (ADEA), this course unlocks rewarding roles in healthcare. Become a valued member of a diabetes team.
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100% online study with practicum placement
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What you'll learn
Course Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a course. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes.
Course Learning Outcomes
- Operate effectively with and upon a body of knowledge of sufficient depth to begin professional practice as a Diabetes Educator.
- Develop effective problem solving skills, capable of applying logical, critical and creative thinking to a range of problems.
- Develop an understanding of health practice informed by ethical and legal principles.
- Demonstrate commitment to ethical action and social responsibility as a professional and citizen.
- Practice as a Diabetes Educator with the knowledge and skills to be a valued member of the Diabetes team.
- Embrace the multidisciplinary nature of diabetes management and seek to gain knowledge and skills in these areas.
- Prepare for lifelong learning in pursuit of personal development and excellence in professional practice.
- Communicate effectively both in written and oral form and in professional practice as a member of the community.
- Apply skills, to work both autonomously and collaboratively as a professional.
- Embrace and respect multiculturalism and the diversity of Australian society, and international perspectives as a professional and as a citizen.
Diabetes educators may work within a tertiary health centre, or within primary health. They can become self-employed and work in private practice, or they can work alongside other allied health providers such as dietitians, podiatrists, physiotherapists, and psychologists. Having credentialed diabetes educators working in primary health and particularly rural and remote regions is one of the current goals of the Australian Diabetes Educators Association (ADEA).
This course is accredited by the Australian Diabetes Educators Association (ADEA). Graduates are encouraged to pursue credentialing by the ADEA. The title Credentialled Diabetes Educator (CDE) is well recognised not only in Australia but overseas. Only those diabetes educators who have completed the ADEA credentialing program are awarded the title CDE.
All applicants must:
- have successfully completed a minimum Bachelor's degree (AQF Level 7) qualification, or equivalent, in one of the following health disciplines:
- Exercise Physiology;
- Physiotherapy; or
- be registered with AHPRA, or equivalent, as a Registered Nurse, Registered Midwife, Registered Podiatrist, Registered Physiotherapist, Accredited Exercise Physiologist, Registered Pharmacist, Accredited Practising Dietitian or General Practitioner (GP); and
- be qualified for a minimum of one year, be in current practice and have been active in practice for a minimum of one year.
English Proficiency Requirements
Applicants not born and not schooled in one of the countries listed in Schedule A :
- Must have completed at least one year of full-time (or equivalent) study at the level of AQF diploma (or equivalent) or above and the language in which that qualification was taught was English; or
- Must be able to demonstrate proof of English proficiency by obtaining an overall band score of not less than 7 in the International English Language Testing System (including a minimum score of 7 in the sub-bands) or equivalent TOEFL or comparable test as determined by the Academic Board.
English language requirements apply to International applicants and other applicants whose previous study was undertaken in a language other than English. The minimum English language requirements for such applicants for entry to this course are as follows:
Overall Score = 7
- Reading = 7
- Writing = 7
- Listening = 7
- Speaking = 7
Inherent requirements are the essential components of a course or unit that demonstrate the abilities, knowledge and skills to achieve the core learning outcomes of the course or unit. Students who have a disability or health condition which may impact on their ability to meet these requirements are encouraged to contact your Course Coordinator or Student Access & Inclusion to discuss.
You are required to undertake 40 hours of clinical placement within a recognised diabetes service with, as a minimum, a credentialled diabetes educator as a mentor. The importance of linking theory to practice is fundamental to student learning and to ensure graduates have the confidence to apply their knowledge and skills with clients in professional settings.
The 40 hours of placement is a mandatory component of the course. Clinical placement occurs following completion of three units and generally occurs in Study Period 5 for those undertaking the complete one-year course. For those students who defer, placement may occur once three units have been successfully completed. Placements are organised by the Professional Experience Unit at Southern Cross University.
Professional experience placements require students to fulfil certain prerequisites prior to attending placement (e.g. a working with children check and National Police Certificate). Prior to applying for a course offered by the School of Health and Human Sciences, please consider the important information regarding these requirements.
Credit for previous study or work
Applicants or students that can provide supporting documents to verify they already know, understand and can perform the learning outcomes for one or more units within a Southern Cross course, are eligible to have their prior learning assessed for credit by submitting an application for Advanced Standing.
More than 1.2 million Australians are living with diabetes. Now in epidemic proportions, fighting this condition is one of the major challenges facing Australian and global healthcare systems.
Play your part in improving diabetes knowledge, awareness, and self-management with this specialised postgraduate program. This course is designed to qualify nurses, midwives, dietitians, pharmacists, medical practitioners, podiatrists, exercise physiologists and physiotherapists as diabetes educators.
This important program links theory and practice, providing specialist knowledge about all aspects of diabetes, including its causes, complications, management and education strategies. A highlight is a professional placement flanked by a credentialled diabetes educator mentor.
Graduates can consider career opportunities offering diabetes-related services in private practice or other areas of the health industry.
Degree structure details
Recommended Study Pattern
HBIO5001 - Pathophysiology and Diabetes in a Global Context
PBHL5001 - Managing Diabetes as a Chronic Condition
PBHL5004 - Diabetes Self-management Education Theory and Practice
PBHL6001 - Diabetes Management in Health Systems and Settings
Students gain knowledge and skills within the areas of primary health, chronic disease, teaching, management and leadership, research, client self-management and counselling. They gain an in-depth understanding of the diabetes disease process and management options, including medications for therapeutic effectiveness, problem solving for high and low blood glucose levels and reducing the risks of chronic complications.
To be eligible to receive the Graduate Certificate in Diabetes Education and Management students must complete the equivalent of 4 units (48 credit points), comprising all core units.