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Diabetes Qualified

CPD

REFRESHER COURSE

Beat It Refresher

Associated Courses
CPD

7.5 ESSA points

Duration

7.5 hours

PRICE

$275 AUD

This course is for exercise professionals who have previously completed the Beat It Trainer program and are due to renew their Beat It Trainer certification.

About the Beat It Refresher program

This program is for exercise professionals who have previously completed the Beat It Trainer program. By completing this course, trainers will be able to renew their Beat It Trainer certification for another 2-year period.

As with the Beat It Trainer course, the Beat It Refresher course is an evidence-based program for Exercise Physiologists, Exercise Scientists and other Exercise Professionals. It is designed to review and revise the skills and knowledge required to deliver safe and effective group-based physical activity and lifestyle programs. These programs are for people with or at risk of diabetes and other lifestyle-related chronic diseases.

The Beat It Refresher course is developed by Accredited Exercise Physiologists, Accredited Practising Dietitians and Credentialled Diabetes Educators.

The new Beat It Refresher course (updated in March 2020) has been accredited for 7.5 CPD points by ESSA and 5 CEC’s by AUSactive (formally Fitness Australia).

 

Beat It sub-contracting opportunity

Diabetes NSW & ACT will be funding a limited number of Beat It programs in various locations around NSW and ACT. This funding is intended to increase access to the Beat It program within the broader community, with a particular focus on areas with a high service need or low access to diabetes specific support services. To be eligible for Diabetes NSW & ACT program funding you need to fulfil certain eligibility criteria. For more information, email beatit@diabetesqualified.com.au

 

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The key learning objectives for the Beat It Refresher course are outlined below.

Module 1: Introduction

  • Recognise why it is important to follow this course and understand the scope of practice whilst delivering Beat It.
  • Understand that diabetes is a significant health problem in Australia and the important link between diabetes and regular exercise in minimising diabetes-related complications.
  • Recall that this program forms part of the re-accreditation process.

Module 2: Diabetes risks and prevention

  • Name the modifiable and non-modifiable risk factors for developing type 2 diabetes.
  • Describe the AUSDRISK tool and how to use it.
  • Describe how people (at risk) can delay the onset of type 2 diabetes.
  • Understand the key components of successful lifestyle modification programs in preventing type 2 diabetes.

Module 3: Understanding diabetes

  • Describe what diabetes is and what normal glucose metabolism is.
  • Name the key signs and symptoms of diabetes.
  • Describe the key features of type 1 and type 2 diabetes, including the prevalence, cause, presentation and management.
  • Describe the key features of gestational diabetes, including the prevalence, cause, presentation and management.

Module 4: Living with diabetes

  • Recall the general target blood glucose levels for people with type 1 and type 2 diabetes.
  • Recall what is considered a low blood glucose level (‘hypoglycaemia’ or ‘hypo’) and
    what is considered a high blood glucose level (‘hyperglycaemia’).
  • Describe the key factors affecting blood glucose levels and the most useful times to check blood glucose levels.
  • Recall what the HbA1c test is and what the general target range is.
  • Describe the benefits of healthy eating for people living with diabetes and recommendations by the Australian Guide to Healthy Eating and the healthy plate model.
  • Describe what a carbohydrate is, how it impacts blood glucose levels and its role in healthy eating.
  • Describe what the glycemic index (GI) is and what the difference between a low and high GI foods is.
  • Describe the impact alcohol has on diabetes management and weight management, and what the NHMRC low risk drinking guidelines are.
  • Recognise why a person would need medication to manage their diabetes.
  • Describe the difference between insulin and other diabetes medications.
  • Understand which medications require a person to monitor before, during and after exercise due to their risk of a hypoglycaemic attack.
  • Describe what the Annual Cycle of Care is and how it can reduce the risk of chronic complications.
  • Describe the tests and reviews involved in the Annual Cycle of care, including frequency of screening and target ranges.
  • Describe the importance of daily foot care, including podiatry checks.
  • Recognise your role in encouraging your client to notify their doctor if you notice any concerning changes.
  • Recognise why a person with or at risk of diabetes may be at risk of mental health problems such as diabetes distress (or burnout), anxiety or depression.
  • Describe the referral options to provide support.

Module 5: Diabetes and exercise

  • Describe the physical activity recommendations relating to aerobic activity, resistance training and weight loss.
  • Explain the relationship between blood glucose levels & different types of exercise, specifically aerobic, resistance and high intensity interval training (HIIT).
  • Identify safe blood glucose ranges for exercise and detail the risks of commencing
    exercise outside of these ranges.
  • List common variables affecting blood glucose response to exercise
  • Summarise the exercise-related safety precautions for people with diabetes.
  • Recognise when a client with diabetes should avoid exercise, cease exercise and be referred to an Accredited Exercise Physiologist.

Module 6: Acute complications and exercise

  • Describe hypoglycaemia, who is at risk and the signs and symptoms.
  • Describe strategies to prevent hypoglycaemia before, during, and after exercise.
  • Describe the action plan for mild – moderate hypoglycaemia and for severe hypoglycaemia.
  • Describe hyperglycaemia, who is at risk and the signs and symptoms.
  • Describe the strategies to manage hyperglycaemia before and during exercise.
  • Identify hyperglycaemic emergencies.

Module 7: Macrovascular complications and exercise

  • Describe the chronic macrovascular complications of diabetes. Describe the benefits of exercise when living with one of these macrovascular complications:
    • Cardiovascular disease:
      • Recall the exercise precautions for a person with hypertension.
      • Recall the exercise precautions for a person with dyslipidaemia.
      • Describe the exercise guidelines, considerations and precautions for a person with cardiovascular disease.
    • Coronary artery disease (CAD)
      • Describe the exercise guidelines, considerations and precautions for a person with coronary artery disease (CAD).
      • Describe the steps to take in emergency for angina and heart attack.
    • Stroke
      • Describe the exercise guidelines, considerations and precautions for a person living with or at risk of stroke.
      • Describe how to recognise a stroke (using the FAST test) and the steps to take.
    • Peripheral Vascular Disease (PVD)
      • Describe the exercise guidelines, considerations and precautions for a person with peripheral vascular disease (PVD).

Module 8: Microvascular complications and exercise

  • Describe the chronic microvascular complications of diabetes.
  • Describe the exercise guidelines, considerations and precautions for a person with retinopathy, nephropathy and peripheral and autonomic neuropathy.

Module 9: Beat It update

  • Understand the background of the Beat It program.
  • Identify changes to the structure of the Beat It program.
  • Identify and understand testing protocols implemented for initial and final assessments.
  • Recognise the data reporting requirements of the Beat It program in accordance with Diabetes NSW & ACT policies.

Module 10: Person-centred facilitation

  • Recognise why the Beat It education sessions have changed to a person-centred approach.
  • Identify what a person-centred approach is, what a person-centred session looks like and how it differs from the old approach.
  • Recognise their new role as a facilitator and how it differs from their old role.
  • Recognise how the education sessions manual will help them in facilitating the sessions.

Module 11: Talking the talk

  • Describe the type of language used to engage and support people living with diabetes.
  • Describe the types of positive words that can be used to encourage a positive interaction with the person living with diabetes.

Module 12: Putting it into practice

  • Be able to have a supportive conversation with a person living with:
    • Risk factors of diabetes.
    • Diabetes and a microvascular complication.
    • Diabetes and a macrovascular complication.

What you will learn:

Beat It Refresher has been accredited for 7.5 CPD points by ESSA and 5 AUSactive (formally Fitness Australia) CEC’s.

By completing this course you will:

  • Have increased knowledge and understanding about diabetes, risks and prevention.
  • Understand the importance of physical activity for people with diabetes, including describing the physiological effects and benefits of exercise on chronic disease management and prevention.
  • Know how to use the AUSDRISK tool to assess diabetes risk and how to identify people at risk of type 2 diabetes.
  • Be able to describe common variables that affect blood glucose levels in response to different types of exercise (i.e. aerobic, resistance and high-intensity interval training (HIIT).
  • Understand the background and structure of the Beat It program and the testing protocols for assessments as well as the data reporting requirements.
  • Know how to have a supportive conversation using positive language and communication to build rapport and trust that will enable you to create a safe exercise plan for people living with diabetes.
  • Have the ability to support the person living with diabetes and have a more helpful conversation using health literacy principles.
  • Know how to ask the right questions, and when to refer to other health professionals for more individualised advice.
  • Have renewed knowledge and confidence to plan and deliver group-based educational presentations as part of a Beat It program.

Benefits of completing the Beat It Refresher course

  • Best-practice knowledge to create safe and effective exercise plans to help reduce the risk and long-term complications of diabetes for your client.
  • A CPD Certificate endorsed by ESSA and AUSactive, which will increase your credibility for future job opportunities and showcase your commitment to your professional development.
  • Ongoing support through building your client-base and access to additional professional development opportunities.
  • Website listing for any Beat It programs you are currently running as well as promotion at NSW & ACT local events.
  • Access to Beat It templates and support materials as well as Beat It branding.
  • Access to an online community of fellow Beat It trainers and the latest news and events in the quarterly e-newsletter.
  • Developed best-practice communication strategies that will help you build trust and rapport with your clients, and improve your ability to facilitate behaviour change strategies.
  • The confidence to ask the right questions and know when to refer your clients to other health professionals for more individualised advice.

Furthermore, as a registered Beat It Trainer, you may be eligible to contract to deliver Beat It for Diabetes NSW & ACT! Email us to find out more: email@diabetesqualified.com.au

Modules and assessments

The Beat It Refresher course includes 12 modules with knowledge checks throughout and 1 final multiple-choice assessment. It takes 7.5 hours to complete and you can do it at your own pace.

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Online Delivery

Students have the flexibility to study in their own time online in the Diabetes Qualified Learning Management System. We recommend using a desktop computer or laptop with the Chrome website browser. Course completion requires approximately 12 hours of eLearning.

Certificate

On completion and successfully passing the assessment you will receive a certificate in the learning management system for 7.5 CPD points from ESSA and 5 AUSactive (formally Fitness Australia) CEC’s. The certificate of completion will give you 24 months accreditation as a Beat It Trainer.

 

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