Course summary

The Graduate Certificate in Diabetes Education and Management is a part-time course designed to qualify nurses, midwives, dietitians, medical practitioners, pharmacists, podiatrists, exercise physiologists and physiotherapists. The course provides targeted professional development in the specialty field of diabetes education.

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 knowledge of medications related to diabetes and other comorbidities, including Insulin initiation and titration and insulin pump therapy.

Graduate AttributeCourse Learning Outcome
Intellectual rigour

Operate effectively with and upon a body of knowledge of sufficient depth to begin professional practice as a Diabetes Educator

Creativity

Develop effective problem solving skills, capable of applying logical, critical and creative thinking to a range of problems.

Ethical practice

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

Knowledge of a discipline

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

Lifelong learning

Prepare for lifelong learning in pursuit of personal development and excellence in professional practice

Communication and social skills

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.

Cultural competence

Embrace and respect multiculturalism and the diversity of Australian society, and international perspectives as a professional and as a citizen

Students are required to undertake 40 hours of clinical placement within a recognised diabetes service with, as a minimum, a credentialed diabetes educator as a mentor. The importance of linking theory to practice is fundamental to student learning 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.

This course is accredited by the Australian Diabetes Educators Association (ADEA). Graduates are encouraged to pursue credentialing by the ADEA. The title 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. CDE’s are required to demonstrate ongoing participation in professional development within the specialty of diabetes education.


Course overview

Course code

1007289

Course abbreviation

GradCertDEM

Credit points

48

Equivalent units

4

Domestic duration

8 months part-time

International duration

0.5 years full-time

Availability details

Domestic

Location Session UAC code QTAC code
Online 2 N/A N/A

Domestic fees

Fee paying


Course requirements

See the University’s Rules Relating to Awards, in conjunction with the Specific Award Rules listed below.

To be eligible for the award of Graduate Certificate in Diabetes Education and Management a candidate shall successfully complete not less than four (4) units (48 credit points) comprising all units listed in Part A.

Inherent Requirements
Inherent Requirements apply to this course as defined on the Student Access & Inclusion website. If you have a disability or health condition which may impact on your ability to meet these requirements please refer to the Student Access & Inclusion website for further information and contact details.

 


Course progressions

Students should use course progression information to select units specific to their course and enrol in these units using My Enrolment

Notes

Note 1: Mandatory 3 day workshop