As a health practitioner you will know that diabetes is at epidemic proportions, and is one of the biggest challenges facing the Australian healthcare system.
The Graduate Certificate in Diabetes Education and Management is a flexible, part time and online course designed for health practitioners (such as nurses, dietitians or pharmacists) to be accredited diabetes educators working in primary health.
You will acquire specialist knowledge of the pathophysiology of diabetes and the causes and management of complications of this chronic disease, and learn education strategies for adult audiences. The course links theory and practice, and you will undertake a professional placement with the mentorship of a credentialed diabetes educator.
Graduates will be able to consider opportunities to offer services as a private practice, or from within a health clinic of primary health provider.
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 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.
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.
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.
Assessment methods vary from unit to unit and may include exams, research critiques, clinically-based case studies, presentations, reflective essays or journals, individual and group assignments.
This flexible course is designed to fit seamlessly around work, family, and other priorities. It is delivered mostly online, and students can complete it by undertaking one, seven-week unit at a time from home or anywhere with an internet connection. Students can access course content, assignments, quizzes, and collaborate, discuss and debate ideas with fellow students and lecturers. The multi-modal approach delivers content including video, audio, hands-on, practical exercises, and other media to suit all kinds of learners.
Workshops: The course includes two compulsory four-day workshops which are held at the Gold Coast campus.