Diabetes education


Discover evidence-based approaches to diabetes prevention and management. Graduate with specialist skills to help patients lead healthier lives and take an active role in addressing the world’s fastest growing chronic condition.

Explore your study options

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. You’ll graduate ready to provide health and diabetes education to individuals, carers, health care professionals and their communities.


Postgraduate (further study)

A postgraduate qualification can be undertaken by students who have already completed an undergraduate degree or possess significant, demonstrable work experience. Postgraduate courses include graduate certificates, graduate diplomas, masters and PhDs, as well as specialist programs for industry professionals.

Choose a diabetes education degree that will get you work ready

At Deakin there’s a clear connection between what you study and what lies ahead in your career. You’ll learn through valuable practical experiences, benefitting from our partnerships with industry.

Strong industry connections

You’ll build industry connections when you study the first and longest-running postgraduate diabetes course in Australia. We have unique teaching partnerships with diabetes clinicians Australia-wide. This ensures our course curriculum is aligned with current clinical and evidence-based practice.

Gain practical experience

Gain extensive practical experience and build your connections through placement opportunities. 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.

Professional recognition

The Graduate Certificate of Diabetes Education is accredited by the Australian Diabetes Educators Association (ADEA). You may also be eligible to register as a Credentialed Diabetes Educator on completion of additional ADEA requirements.

Top professional roles in diabetes education

More than 5% of Australians live with diabetes,* creating demand for credentialed diabetes educators in settings such as hospitals, private practice and medical centres. Your specialist knowledge of diabetes prevention and management strategies will ensure you can provide high-quality advice to those impacted by the condition.

Help meet the strong employment demand in healthcare and social assistance, with 257,300 new jobs projected to be created in the sector by May 2028.^

Graduate with an employment advantage

Our courses are shaped by industry experts and designed to equip you with practical skills and experience to prepare you for your future career. Our students have voted us Victoria's #1 university for course satisfaction for 14 years running.#

The program involves different assessment strategies, which suits students with diverse professional, educational and cultural backgrounds.

Professor Bodil Rasmussen

School of Nursing and Midwifery

World-class teaching experiences

Be ready to meet the high demand for qualified health professionals specialising in diabetes education. At Deakin, you’ll gain the confidence and skills to deliver engaging, tailored diabetes education with maximum impact.

Learn from the best

Our diabetes education program is led by our School of Nursing and Midwifery – ranked #16 in the world for nursing.** You'll learn innovative approaches to education and management from accredited diabetes educators who are actively involved in research and clinical practice.

Research with us

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.


*National Health Survey 2022, Australian Bureau of Statistics  
^2023 Jobs and Skills Australia Employment Projections, May 2023 – May 2028
#Australian Graduate Survey 2010–2015, Graduate Outcomes Survey 2016–2023, Quality Indicators for Learning and Teaching (QILT)
**2023 ShanghaiRanking's Global Ranking of Academic Subjects
Deakin references data from a range of government, higher education and reputable media sources. For more information, visit our list of sources.

Contact us

Got a question about our diabetes education course? Our course advisers are available to speak to you about your study options and how we can help you further your career.

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