Diabetes education


Develop the skills, knowledge and attributes to educate clients with diabetes. As one of the fastest-growing public health issues and causes of death in Australia, it’s a field in need of more qualified health professionals and subject matter experts.

Get work-ready

Be ready to fill the need for more qualified professionals with a degree specialising in diabetes education. Learn not only about the pathophysiology and evidence-based management of diabetes, but the strategies, communication methods and practical skills required to help you deliver high-quality, person-centred health care. With our industry connections, you'll be able to immerse yourself in unique partnerships with clinical diabetes services to get a taste of working in the field.


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.


Higher Degrees by Research (supervised research)

Research degrees are research based master’s or PhD programs that focus on a single area of expertise. They provide students the opportunity to carry out highly specialised research under expert supervision.

Career opportunities

Our graduates provide health and diabetes education to individuals, carers, health care professionals and their communities. On the completion of subsequent additional requirements graduates may be eligible to register as a Credentialed Diabetes Educator.


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

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

Dr Bodil Rasmussen

Chair in Nursing (Western Health)

Benchmark course

Our course, the first and longest running in Australia, has a unique teaching partnership with diabetes clinicians Australia-wide. This ensures an alignment between the course curriculum and current clinical and evidence-based practice.

Research with us

Our academic staff are accredited diabetes educators, as well as active researchers, covering a broad range of illness and health-related areas, including diabetes, obesity and mental illness.

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