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 also gain an in-depth knowledge of medications related to diabetes and other co-morbidities.
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).
Students are required to undertake 50 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 to ensure graduates have the confidence to apply their knowledge and skills with clients in professional settings.
The 50 hours placement is a mandatory component of the course. Clinical placement occurs following completion of two units and generally occurs in Session 2 for those undertaking the complete one year course. For those students who defer, placement may occur once two units have been successfully completed. Placements are organised by the professional experience unit at SCU.
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, class presentation, reflective essays or journals, individual and group assignments.
All units in this course are delivered in a blended format to include interactive on line lectures and course resources along with a total of four mandatory workshops, each of three or four days, these are held at the Gold Coast campus.
Distance education students experience a highly interactive study mode that strives to promote collaboration and a sense of community. Students may receive a combination of podcast or video-linked lectures, electronic study materials, workshops, online discussion forums and virtual classes. The method of teaching may vary from unit to unit.
Workshops: Students attend a compulsory three-day workshop for each unit at the Gold Coast campus. Students who are not able to attend a complete workshop will be required to defer until the following year.
Program is not available for International Students.
This course is accredited by the Australian Diabetes Educators Association (ADEA). Graduates are encouraged to pursue credentialling by the ADEA. The title CDE is well recognised not only in Australia but overseas, only those diabetes educators who have completed the ADEA credentialling program are awarded the title CDE. CDE’s are required to demonstrate ongoing participation in professional development within the speciality of diabetes education.
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