In addition to the curriculum of the graduate certificate, you will learn to undertake effective projects and research in the diabetes field. You’ll explore various research methods particularly useful in the health sciences, prepare a literature review and develop a comprehensive research or project proposal.
Please refer to the handbook for additional course overview information.
What jobs can the Diabetes lead to?
Graduates with a clinical-based health or allied health professional background generally gain employment in the field of diabetes education and care. Graduates eligible for ADEA credentialing may be better placed to achieve designated diabetes education positions. Graduates without a health professional background may gain employment in an allied field, for example diabetes research.
What you'll learn
apply theoretical knowledge to provide evidence based care and management to people with chronic health conditions
enact problem solving, critical thinking and decision making skills to respond to clinical and professional challenges in chronic disease care
locate, extract and interpret relevant evidence and scientific literature on chronic disease to inform decision making relevant to chronic disease self-management
demonstrate quality written, oral and interpersonal communication skills in academic, professional and health care contexts
use information technology to inform on-going learning needs and evidence based practice; use technology applications to support client care
use lifelong learning skills to maintain currency of practice
recognise the national and global chronic disease issues and examine strategic health care directions
demonstrate cultural competence in the provision of chronic disease health care to multi-cultural groups and the Indigenous people
demonstrate professional and ethical practice appropriate to professional background; work in multidisciplinary teams to support chronic condition self-management.
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Graduates who are health professionals, (Registered Nurse (RN or Division One), Registered Midwife. Accredited Practising Dietitian, Registered Medical Practioner, Registered Pharmacist, Podiatrist, Accredited Exercise Physiologist or a Registered Physiotherapist) are eligible to use this award towards an application for credentialing with the Australian Diabetes Educators Association. No further professional recognition is obtained through completing this diploma.
What you need in order to get into this course. There are different pathway options depending on your level of work and education experience.
Applicants require a Graduate Certificate in Diabetes (with a minimum course weighted average of 70) or equivalent AND a minimum of 12 months' postgraduate experience in a specialist area of practice.
Before applying please consider your employment opportunities, this course does not automatically lead to a unique diabetes educator position. Diabetes educator positions are decided by industry in keeping with the Australian Diabetes Educators Association’s credentialing recommendations.
Only certain health professions are eligible for credentialing status, namely a Registered Nurse (RN or Division One), Registered Nurse and Registered Midwife, Accredited Practising Dietitian, Registered Medical Practitioner, Registered Pharmacist, Podiatrist, Accredited Exercise Physiologist or a Registered Physiotherapist.
Applicants are required to provide as much information as possible relating to their education and professional background to assist in application evaluation.
Those eligible for credentialing, those already working in diabetes services (or have an arrangement with their employer to transition to a diabetes role upon completion of the course), and those who have relevant work experience in health service, education, management and/or research will also be given preference.
The Diabetes Professional practice unit includes a period of clinical practice as well as theoretical study. You’re expected to complete the equivalent of 10 days (which may be possible full-time or part-time) working alongside a diabetes educator and the diabetes health professional care team. The clinical practical experience is planned to meet the requirements of the Australian Diabetes Educators Association by providing a varied clinical experience. As such, you may be required to travel to diabetes centres within your state. These centres may be some distance from your home base and require you to stay away from home. Travel and accommodation expenses may be involved and are to be paid for by the student. In some states students are also required to pay for their placement.
Clinical placements are part of the final unit. To assist us with we will require you to complete and return a Clinical Placement Form which will be part of your application. This form enables you to nominate your preferred placement site. A list of sites that Curtin has previously placed students is provided, however you are able to nominate another site following the instructions on the Clinical Placement Form.
Please note that each campus has different application deadlines. Please view our application deadlines page for further information.
Frequently asked questions
There are 3 different categories of acceptance due dates:
For countries listed here (Country List), acceptance due date is 7 weeks before course start date, as stated on your Offer Letter. If you have a GTE Finance or GTE Interview condition on your offer, you must submit the GTE documentation 2 weeks before the acceptance closing date.
For all other countries which are not listed in the list, the acceptance due date is 3 weeks before the course start date.
If you are currently in Australia on a valid visa, the acceptance closing date is 1 week before the course start date.
Curtin has a duty of care to ensure all international students have sufficient time to have their student visa issued and to arrive in Perth in time for the Orientation Week and the start of classes. The timeframes stipulated above allows Curtin to process your completed documents and for the Department of Home Affairs to issue your student visa in time. For more information on visa processing times, please refer to the Visa Processing Times on the Department of Home Affairs website.
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