HND732 - Diabetes in Social and Psychological Contexts


2024 unit information

Enrolment modes: Trimester 1: Online
Credit point(s): 1
EFTSL value: 0.125


Corequisite: Nil
Incompatible with: Nil
Study commitment

Students will on average spend 150 hours over the teaching period undertaking the teaching, learning and assessment activities for this unit.

This will include educator guided online learning activities within the unit site.

Scheduled learning activities - online

Online independent and collaborative learning activities including 3 x 1 hour online seminars (recordings provided).


The aim is for students to develop in-depth understanding of the meaning of living with diabetes for an individual and their family. Students explore contemporary issues in diabetes education practice and caring for people with diabetes. The issues are placed in the context of sociological and psychological theories and best practice guidelines in diabetes education, based on contemporary national and international research.

This unit explores what it means to be diagnosed and live with diabetes, the factors that influence adjustment to a chronic illness and the supportive role of family, friends and health professionals. The unit draws on nursing, psychological, and sociological perspectives to clarify the different problems that an individual with diabetes encounters and to formulate appropriate caring strategies. The unit addresses the psychosocial issues experienced by vulnerable groups in the community. The unit links current research to contemporary diabetes practice.

The relationship between people with diabetes and health professionals and its impact on clinical and psychological outcomes underpins the unit, and strategies to facilitate person-centred care, psychological wellbeing, empowerment, and health promotion are provided. Students will explore a number of approaches to caring for people with diabetes and analyse their effectiveness.

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