University of Technology Sydney

C11115v6 Graduate Certificate in Diabetes Education and Management

Award(s): Graduate Certificate in Diabetes Education and Management (GradCertDiabEdM)
Commonwealth supported place?: Yes
Load credit points: 24
Course EFTSL: 0.5
Location: Online with a 40-hour face-to-face clinical placement


This course has an Autumn intake only

Commonwealth Supported Places

There are a limited number of Commonwealth Supported Places (CSPs) within this course that are competitive and allocated on merit. Applicants must indicate on their application if they wish to be considered for a CSP.

As applications are assessed progressively, applicants are strongly encouraged to apply early to be considered. Eligible applicants must accept their offer by the lapse date to retain their place.

  • Autumn 2024 closing dates:
    • Round 1: Sunday 26 November 2023
    • Round 2: Sunday 21 January 2024 (if places are available)
  • Spring 2024 closing dates:
    • Round 1: Sunday 26 May 2024
    • Round 2: Sunday 30 June 2024 (if places are available)

Refer to Postgraduate courses with Commonwealth Supported Places for more information.

This course is not offered to international students.

Career options
Course intended learning outcomes
Admission requirements
Course duration and attendance
Course structure
Course completion requirements
Course program
Professional recognition
Other information


Open to all health professionals, this multi-disciplinary course develops appropriately qualified students for work as health professionals in the area of diabetes education and management in a variety of settings.

Students have strong involvement with academics and clinicians from major teaching hospitals and diabetes centres.

The course approaches diabetes education and management from scientific, aetiology and pathophysiological perspectives as well as exploring theories of health behaviour and the implications these have for practice. Students examine the systems in place to prevent and manage diabetes with an emphasis on the self-management model of care.

Career options

Career options include diabetes educators and managers in a variety of settings. Professionals in certain disciplines are also eligible to apply to gain Credentialled Diabetes Educator status authorised by the Australian Diabetes Educators Association (ADEA).

Course intended learning outcomes

1.0 Are reflective critical thinkers who contribute to practice, policy and research to enhance health care and health outcomes
1.1 Locate, synthesise and apply research knowledge and skills to critically evaluate the available evidence for all aspects of diabetes management and education
1.2 Critically appraise own knowledge, skills and work practices to maintain professional standards and engage in lifelong learning
2.0 Are effective, collaborative and responsive leaders
2.1 Lead and advocate, within scope of practice, for person-centred diabetes self-management in an interdisciplinary team
2.2 Evaluate and build the capacity of the interdisciplinary health workforce to enable health promoting environments
3.0 Are socially, culturally and ethically accountable and consider health care in a global context
3.1 Demonstrate social, cultural and ethical accountability in striving for efficient use of resources and equity of access to optimal and safe health care
4.0 Communicate appropriately and consistently in diverse situations
4.1 Communicate effectively and appropriately in challenging, complex and diverse situations across all aspects of the health system
4.2 Assess readiness to learn and use counselling and coaching techniques to facilitate and support behaviour change
5.0 Embody the professional qualities appropriate to the scope of their role
5.1 Practise effectively within their own discipline's regulatory frameworks, standards and codes of practice (Eg, DAA, ESSA, AHPRA, Pharmacy Association etc.) including the Australian Diabetes Educators Association (ADEA) National Standards of Practice for Diabetes Educators
6.0 Demonstrate professional cultural competency which contributes to the health and wellbeing of Indigenous Australians, inclusive of physical, social, emotional and spiritual wellness
6.1 Demonstrate, respect and value for world view differences and in particular Australian Indigenous ways of knowing, being and doing
6.2 Critically reflect upon the impact of ongoing colonisation and its pervasive discourse on Indigenous Australians and their health and wellbeing
6.3 Recognise the diversity of Indigenous Australians and integrate this knowledge into practice

Admission requirements

Applicants must have completed a UTS recognised bachelor's degree, or an equivalent or higher qualification, or submitted other evidence of general and professional qualifications that demonstrates potential to pursue graduate studies.

Applicants must have:

•A bachelor degree (or overseas equivalent) in a health related field such as nursing, allied health or medicine.
•Employment in a health or health related discipline and current registration in Australia for one of the following: Registered Nurse (RN or Division One), Registered Midwife, Accredited Practising Dietitian, Registered Medical Practitioner, Registered Pharmacist, Registered Podiatrist, Accredited Exercise Physiologist, Registered Physiotherapist, Registered Psychologist, Aboriginal Health Practitioner.

It is assumed that applicants have a basic knowledge of the practice of diabetes education and management.

The English proficiency requirement for local applicants with international qualifications is: Academic IELTS: 6.5 overall with a writing score of 6.0; or TOEFL: paper based: 550-583 overall with TWE of 4.5, internet based: 79-93 overall with a writing score of 21; or AE5: Pass; or PTE: 58-64 with a writing score of 50; or C1A/C2P: 176-184 with a writing score of 169.

Eligibility for admission does not guarantee offer of a place.


Course duration and attendance

The course is offered on a one-year, part-time basis. It is offered fully online with the exception of a 40-hour clinical placement in Spring semester requiring a face-to-face attendance at a diabetes service.

Course structure

Students must complete a total of 24 credit points, comprising specified UTS: Health subjects.

Industrial training/professional practice

Students are required to undertake a clinical placement to consolidate their learning and introduce them to diabetes education and management practice.

The clinical placement is one week (40 hours over five consecutive days) to be taken between Monday 28 August to Friday 8 December 2023.

Course completion requirements

92934 Clinical Management in Diabetes 6cp
92845 Primary Health Care in Diabetes 6cp
92721 Health Education and Health Promotion 6cp
93006 Clinical Practice in Diabetes 6cp
Total 24cp

Course program

A typical part-time program is shown below.

Autumn commencing
Year 1
Autumn session
92934 Clinical Management in Diabetes   6cp
92845 Primary Health Care in Diabetes   6cp
Spring session
92721 Health Education and Health Promotion   6cp
93006 Clinical Practice in Diabetes   6cp

Professional recognition

Practitioners from the disciplines listed below are eligible to proceed with the credentialling process through the Australian Diabetes Educators Association (ADEA) to gain authorisation as a credentialled diabetes educator once they have completed this accredited course (a compulsory prerequisite of the credentialling process). Eligible disciplines include: registered nurses (RN or division one); accredited practising dieticians; registered medical practitioners; registered pharmacists; podiatrists; accredited exercise physiologists; physiotherapists; and registered midwives.

Other information

Further information is available from:

UTS Student Centre
telephone 1300 ask UTS (1300 275 887)
or +61 2 9514 1222
UTS: Health

Shannon Lin
Course coordinator
telephone +61 2 9514 8019