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Understanding Diabetes For Health Professionals

5 credits

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Full course description

Type 2 diabetes is the world’s fastest growing chronic disease, and 5.4% of the Australian population live with a type of diabetes. Expand your knowledge of diabetes and learn how to provide nuanced care for people living with the condition.

In Australia, 319 people are registered with newly diagnosed diabetes every day. A total of 5.4% of the national population is living with either type 1, type 2, gestational or “other” diabetes (such as genetic or acquired conditions resulting in diabetes).

As health professionals, we may have some knowledge of diabetes, and caring for people with diabetes is something we do regularly. However, diabetes management and care are evolving, and with 32% of Australians requiring insulin treatment for diabetes and new pharmaceutical options becoming available, it can be a challenge to keep abreast of best practice. Moreover, effective management for people with diabetes can be complex, as management often occurs alongside a patient’s other presenting conditions, such as an acute illness.

This credential will provide you with evidence-based information and resources to increase your understanding of diabetes, particularly the different classifications of diabetes, the risk factors and aetiology of diabetes, and the tests used to monitor diabetes management.

Upon completion of the course you will be able to provide nuanced care for people living with diabetes in all areas of health.

Successful completion of this credential can be used towards becoming a Credentialled Diabetes Educator with the Australian Diabetes Educators Association . It can also be used to gain credit towards the Graduate Certificate in Diabetes.

Who is this credential for?


This credential is particularly suitable for:

  • Clinicians, researchers, First Nations health workers or health professionals who want to enhance their knowledge of diabetes.
  • Health professionals who are eligible to become a Credentialled Diabetes Educator with the Australian Diabetes Educators Association (ADEA) (Registered Nurse, Registered Midwife, Accredited Practising Dietitian, Registered Medical Practitioner, Registered Pharmacist, Registered Podiatrist, Accredited Exercise Physiologist, Registered Physiotherapist, Optometrist)


What you will learn


By completing this credential you will learn to:

  • Define diabetes mellitus
  • Classify types of diabetes based on aetiological characteristics and clinical presentations
  • Locate the commonly used criteria for the definition/identification of metabolic syndrome
  • Identify and interpret diagnostic criteria for diabetes
  • Discuss aetiology and epidemiology, and determine risk factors for diabetes



To successfully complete this credential, you are required to pass a final assessment in the form of an online test. The test comprises multiple choice, scenario-based questions that enable you to demonstrate and apply your learning.


Meet your facilitators


Siana Critchett
Siana Critchett

Lecturer, School of Nursing

Siana is a Registered Nurse, Registered Midwife, and Credentialled Diabetes Educator. She is the current Course Coordinator for the Diabetes courses in the Curtin School of Nursing. Special interests include empowering people living with diabetes, gestational diabetes, health service and program innovation and delivery, and interprofessional education and multi-disciplinary collaboration in health care. She is passionate about the role of Credentialled Diabetes Educators in the delivery of effective and equitable health services for those living with diabetes, and is the current Chair of the Australian Diabetes Educators Association WA Branch. Siana also maintains her passion and clinical skills for working directly with people with diabetes, as a private practitioner CDE in regional WA.

  • Course Coordinator Diabetes - Curtin School of Nursing
  • Credentialled Diabetes Educator - Australian Diabetes Educators Association
  • Chair - WA Branch Australian Diabetes Educators Association
  • Private Practice CDE

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Charlene Shoneye
Charlene Shoneye

Lecturer, School of Nursing

Charlene Shoneye is an Accredited Practising Dietitian and Credentialed Diabetes Educator. Starting her career as a research dietitian at University College London, Charlene conducted research exploring dietary intake and chronic disease in people from ethnic minorities. Through this work, Charlene developed an interest in behaviour change techniques and chronic conditions self-management. In 2015 she won a scholarship to study for a PhD, here Charlene used co-design to develop a digital behaviour change intervention that aimed to improve dietary intake using technology. Charlene is now a lecturer in diabetes education at Curtin University and Chairperson of the West Australian Diabetes Interest Group.

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Earn a badge


Once you successfully complete and pass the final assessment, you'll earn a digital badge that is instantly shareable to your social networks (including LinkedIn) which showcases your new skills and knowledge mastery.

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This credential sllows you to acquire intermediate knowledge and skills in a discipline. This credential usually requires you to have some related prior learning or experience.

You will also earn 5 credit points which are in line with Australian Qualification Framework Level 8 criteria, ensuring comprehensive theoretical and/or technical knowledge of the credential. 100 credit points are required to earn a Graduate Certificate at Curtin.

CRL towards the Graduate Certificate in Diabetes (GC-DIABET)

This credential provides 5 credits of Recognised Learning in the unit GMED5004 Understanding Diabetes in the Graduate Certificate of Diabetes.


Discover more


Curtin Credentials focus on five themes, which have been carefully curated based on what's most relevant and valuable to professionals today, and in the future. This credential fits within the following theme:

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Future of Work

Thrive and adapt in the changing world of work by developing and broadening your skillset in a range of areas including work design and cognitive flexibility.

Contact us


For more information on this, or any other questions about Curtin Credentials, email us at or call Curtin Connect at 1300 222 888.


*Curtin may cancel or reschedule a credential at any time and for any reason as it sees fit. The Start Date and the other details of this credentials are provided as a general guide only and may change from time to time.

✝This program involves 30 hours of online resources, readings, activities and assessments. However to pass and earn 5 credit points, you may need to commit further time.

^Learning is done completely online.

§Price subject to change. Please check price at time of purchase.

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Duration: 30 hours
Length: 4 weeks

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Delivery Mode: Online^

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Price: $600 (incl. GST)§

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