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Diabetes Studies

Graduate certificate

Gain comprehensive knowledge in diabetes care and education, for a career that will advance the healthcare of people living with diabetes and their families.

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  • Qualification
    Graduate Certificate in Diabetes Studies
  • Duration
    6 months full-time
  • Credit
  • Location
    Curtin Perth
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Semester 1, 2023

Applications now open!

12 February 2023

Semester 2, 2023

10 April 2023

6 July 2023

Semester 1, 2024

14 August 2023

8 February 2024

Semester 2, 2024

8 April 2024

4 July 2024

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Why study Diabetes Studies at Curtin?

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The Diabetes Studies specialisation is available to study as a graduate certificate and as part of the Master of Advanced Practice. It is designed for registered nurses, midwives and paramedics who have a professional or career interest in diabetics healthcare and education. 

Key components include: 

  • the nature and prevalence of diabetes within local, national and global contexts 
  • provision of individualised diabetes care and management across the lifespan and in priority populations. 
  • physical, biological, psychological and psychosocial issues associated with the disease, its diagnostic criteria, 
  • evidence-based theories that are advancing knowledge in diabetes healthcare and education.  

You will also undertake a clinical placement in a diabetes-related health service, to consolidate your knowledge and further develop your interprofessional learning and collaboration skills. 

The Graduate Certificate in Diabetes Studies is offered as an online course studied on a part-time basis only. We recommend that you study one or two units of study per semester.

Note: This Graduate Certificate is offered in semester 1.

See our handbook for more information. 

What you'll learn

  • demonstrate knowledge of relevant local, national and international policies and practice standards in order to synthesise knowledge of interrelationships between local, national and global issues, and apply an intersectional analysis to diabetes practice
  • apply problem solving, critical thinking and decision making skills to respond to clinical and professional challenges in diabetes
  • research, evaluate and synthesise information within and beyond the discipline, which generates sustainable solutions appropriate to diverse contexts.
  • Apply appropriate communication and interpersonal skills using a variety of media relevant to the audience and guided by the ethical principles of the health professions that are underpinned by pursuing social justice and upholding human rights.
  • use technologies to inform on going evidence based practice to support person and family centred care
  • establish and sustain intellectual curiosity by using a range of learning strategies; including research informed practice and professional development resulting in lifelong learning skills
  • recognise and respond to regional, national and global diabetes trends and innovations; incorporate strategic health care directions related to diabetes studies
  • demonstrate cultural capability in diabetes to multi cultural groups and the Indigenous people in both global and local settings
  • demonstrate knowledge of interdisciplinary healthcare provision based on the physical, psychological, social, political, ethical, legal and cultural perspectives to optimise diabetes self-management

Admission criteria

What you need in order to get into this course. There are different pathway options depending on your level of work and education experience.

Prospective students must have a health-related degree with a Course Weighted Average of 65% or above and an academic status of Good Standing OR be a health professional. An Aboriginal health worker/Aboriginal health practitioner may apply for portfolio entry into the course.

Credit for recognised learning (CRL)

Use your experience to get credit towards your degree

Finish your course sooner with credit for your previous study or work experience.

Fees & charges

Fee information is not available for this course at this time. Find estimated course fees.


For start dates, please view the academic calendar.

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How to apply

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