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Graduate Certificate of Diabetes Education

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Take an active role in addressing the world's fastest growing chronic condition with Deakin's Graduate Certificate of Diabetes Education - the longest-running course of its kind in Australia.

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About this course

Take an active role in addressing the world's fastest growing chronic condition with Deakin's Graduate Certificate of Diabetes Education - the longest-running course of its kind in Australia. Discover evidence-based approaches to diabetes prevention and management, and graduate from the course ready to help patients lead healthier lives.

Want to be a key support for individuals and families affected by diabetes?

There are currently 1.7 million Australians with diabetes, and a further 2 million at high risk of developing the condition^. Diabetes has a substantial physical and emotional impact on the wellbeing of those affected, and it's places increasing demand on the economy, workforce and healthcare system. With a Graduate Certificate of Diabetes Education your specialist skills will be valued in both diabetes prevention and empowering those already with diabetes to self-manage their condition more effectively. Graduates have a vital role in promoting the health of current and future generations.

Start by exploring the complex nature of diabetes, including the causes and progression of the condition, as well as its social and psychological effects. Then, discover ways to treat, manage and prevent it through evidence-based approaches, particularly around diet, medication and lifestyle changes. Graduate from the course with strong communication skills and the ability to work in a multidisciplinary team to deliver engaging, tailored diabetes education with maximum impact.

Practical learning experiences bring the theory to life and provide authentic environments where you can develop your skills and build important professional networks. In recent times, Deakin students have had access to placements in specialist diabetes services such as paediatric clinics, remote Aboriginal health services and tertiary hospitals. Students can also participate in a three-day workshop with some of the most respected educators and researchers in the field to learn about innovative approaches to diabetes education and management.

The benefits of joining the first and longest-running postgraduate diabetes course in Australia extend beyond our industry connections. Our academic staff are actively involved in research and clinical practice. And through Deakin's long-standing partnerships with Victoria's major health services, we've established The Centre for Quality and Patient Safety Research - a leading research centre that focuses on patient experience, safety and health workforce. Diabetes research led by our team feeds into the course.

Hoping to become a Credentialled Diabetes Educator (CDE)? This course is accredited by the Australian Diabetes Educators Association, and is the first step towards becoming a CDE. Visit adea.com.au for more information.

Entry requirements

Applicants for the course must be appropriately qualified and currently registered professionals with a health science background, including registered nurses, dietitians, podiatrists, pharmacists, exercise physiologists and general practitioners. Applicants should have at least two years experience working in their chosen field since undergraduate course completion. In order to undertake the placement component of this course students must be one of the ADEA listed CDE eligible professions, with current registration to practice as such (e.g. AHPRA).

If you hold a tertiary health related degree in another area (for example in psychology, social work etc) you are still able to undertake and complete your Graduate Certificate of Diabetes Education at Deakin, but you may not be eligible to become a credentialled diabetes educator. For further information, please visit the ADEA Become a Credentialled Diabetes Educator website.

Deakin University offers admission to postgraduate courses through a number of Admission categories.

All applicants must meet the minimum English language requirements.

Please note that meeting the minimum admission requirements does not guarantee selection, which is based on merit, likelihood of success and availability of places in the course.

For more information on the Admission Criteria and Selection (Higher Education Courses) Policy visit the Deakin Policy Library

Career pathways

Your understanding of diabetes, prevention strategies and management approaches will be highly sought-after in:

  • public hospitals
  • community health centres
  • primary care
  • private practices
  • government and non-government organisations
  • universities
  • health funds
  • pharmaceutical companies.

If you become a Credentialed Diabetes Educator (CDE)*, your opportunities will open up even further. As a CDE, you may be eligible for a provider number from Medicare and the Department of Veterans Affairs. This helps eligible clients to receive rebates for the services you provide.

*Subject to additional requirements. Visit adea.com.au for details

Course structure

To complete the Graduate Certificate of Diabetes Education students must attain 4 credit points.
All four 1 credit point units are core units (these are compulsory).

All commencing Faculty of Health Undergraduate and Postgraduate course work students are required to complete HAI010 Academic Integrity in their first trimester of study (0 credit point compulsory unit).

Students are required to meet the University's academic progress and conduct requirements. Click here for more information.

Credit for prior study or work

The University aims to provide students with as much credit as possible for approved prior study or informal learning which exceeds the normal entrance requirements for the course and is within the constraints of the course regulations. Students are required to complete a minimum of one-third of the course at Deakin University, or four credit points, whichever is the greater. In the case of certificates, including graduate certificates, a minimum of two credit points within the course must be completed at Deakin.

You can also refer to the Recognition of Prior Learning System which outlines the credit that may be granted towards a Deakin University degree and how to apply for credit.

Graduates of the course may progress to another Deakin postgraduate level courses as appropriate to their level of knowledge and skills. Students may elect to apply and request credit transfer for their studies into a Graduate Diploma or Masters in their relevant professional areas, for example, Graduate Diploma of Human Nutrition, Master of Public Health Nutrition, Graduate Diploma in Health Promotion or Master of Health Science (Health Promotion) or Master of Clinical Exercise Physiology providing that the entry criteria are met.

Recognition of Prior Learning arrangements are also available in recognition of an applicants' prior studies and to facilitate educational progress and professional development.

Normal University regulation and guidelines pertain to students applying for Recognition of Prior Learning within this program. In all cases credit will need to be determined on a case-by-case basis with maximum credit granted being consistent with university policy. Recognition of Prior Learning is not usually provided for HND701 The Pathophysiology of Diabetes, HND732 Diabetes in Professional Contexts or HND702 Management of Diabetes due to the specificity of the course content.

The Advance Diabetes Management Modules (PDU) DO NOT confer Recognition of Prior Learning for this course or the units within this course.

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