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Diabetes Essentials


12 CPD Hours


12 Hours


$295 AUD

This comprehensive online course is for any health professional wanting to develop in-depth diabetes knowledge, including the pathophysiology of diabetes, diagnosis and management.

About the course

Diabetes Essentials is our foundation course developed by expert Credentialled Diabetes Educators. This comprehensive online course is designed for health professionals who want to develop in-depth knowledge across a diverse range of diabetes topics.  It covers the pathophysiology of diabetes, diabetes management principles, and prevention of complications.

Diabetes Essentials is accredited for 12 CPD hours by the Australian Diabetes Educators Association (ADEA).

How does this course work?

  • Once you enrol online you will automatically gain access to your course in our e-Learning platform. Everything you need to complete the course is available online, with 24/7 accessibility.
  • Diabetes Essentials consists of 4 modules which cover 19 topics. You can complete each module at your own pace.
  • There are 4 assessments; one at the end of each of the four modules. The assessments are multiple-choice and results are shown immediately.
  • Once you have passed all 4 assessments and completed the course feedback survey, you will be able to download your ‘Certificate of Completion’.
  • You will have 12-months access to the course from your enrolment date. This enables you to learn on-demand, at your own pace, and at time that suits you.

Who is this course for?

Diabetes Essentials is suitable for any allied health professional that would like to know more about diabetes. It is a knowledge-focused course that covers subjects including pathophysiology of diabetes and the principles of diabetes management.

If you are wanting to learn more about practical ways to improve your ability to support a person living with diabetes we have a range of ‘ Diabetes in Practice’ courses for specific health professions such as nurses, pharmacists, podiatrists and allied health professionals. 

See our full range of courses here.

Key learning objectives of the Diabetes Essentials course are outlined below.


Module 1 – Before basics

  • Describe what diabetes mellitus is – identify glucose homeostasis and the organs involved as well as the hormones that affect glucose metabolism.
  • Outline the types of diabetes mellitus – prevalence, risk factors, causation and clinical presentation of the various types of diabetes.
  • Explain how the various types of diabetes are diagnosed – diagnostic tests and clinical criteria used to diagnose the various types of diabetes mellitus.
  • Describe the management of diabetes – the different management options, the importance of diabetes self-management and the role the health professional plays.
  • Explain the impact of diabetes and pregnancy – strategies to achieve optimal blood glucose control and potential complications that need to be considered in a person’s management plan.
  • Identify the types of diabetes monitoring – methods and frequency of monitoring, including key elements of self-monitoring blood glucose (SMBG); timing, documenting using results BGL meters as well as using continuous glucose monitoring (CGM) and flash monitoring. Understand how glycated haemoglobin (BHA1c) and fructosamine are measured and what can impact readings.

Module 2 – Living with diabetes

  • Recognise the role nutrition plays in diabetes management – understand the importance of diet & weight management in diabetes and how this can be modulated through the role of an Accredited Practicing Dietitian (APD). Understand strategies to achieve and maintain a healthy body weight.
  • Outline the role physical activity plays in diabetes management – describe the different types of physical activity, intensity types and exercise guidelines for someone with diabetes. Describe the precautions to take before and after exercise in relation to hypo and hyperglycaemia.
  • Describe the medications use to manage diabetes – describe glucose lowering agents available in Australia, their action, common side-effects and contraindicators. Explain the key features of injecting and storing insulin.
  • Classify hyper and hypoglycaemia – identify signs, symptoms and causes. Outline treatment for mild, moderate and severe hypo and hyperglycaemia. Identify the difference between diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA) and hyperosmolar hyperglycaemic state (HHS).
  • Describe how ill health and surgery impact blood glucose levels – identify key elements to included in a sick day management plan and the supportive role you play in helping a person with diabetes prepare for surgery.
  • Recall the legislation in relation people with diabetes obtaining a driver’s licence and the role of the diabetes healthcare team in travel.
  • Outline the emotion and psychological impact diabetes has on the individual and their family. Describe how diabetes distress, anxiety and depression can impact diabetes self-management.
  • Identify support services and organisations

Module 3 – Screening for complications

  • Outline the main strategies to prevent the onset of complications related to diabetes – describe the screening schedule for diabetes-related complications, including the annual cycle of care and describe the referral pathways to members of the diabetes healthcare team.
  • Outline the prevention, detection and prevention of microvascular damage to; the eye, kidneys, nervous system and feet and the referral process. Describe the risks of physical activity for a person with microvascular diabetes complications and how to reduce them.
  • Outline the prevention, detection and prevention of macrovascular damage to; the heart, brain and feet and the referral process. Describe the risks of physical activity for a person with macrovascular diabetes complications and how to reduce them

Module 4 – Conditions related to diabetes

    • Outline key features of metabolic syndrome including prevalence, risk factors, cause, prevention, presentation and management.
    • Describe the relationship between metabolic syndrome and impaired fasting glucose (IFG) and impaired glucose tolerance (IGT).
    • Outline the criteria for diagnosing metabolic syndrome, IFG and IGT
    • Describe key features of PCOS including prevalence, basic causation, presentation and management.
    • Describe the link between PCOS, insulin resistance and diabetes and the medical implications of these.


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In Diabetes Essentials you will learn

  • A comprehensive overview of diabetes causation, diagnosis, treatment and management principles.
  • How to achieve optimal blood glucose control in the people you support living with diabetes, including during pregnancy.
  • The importance of meaningful monitoring and potential complications that need to be considered.
  • How to describe lifestyle (nutrition and physical activity) strategies and the role they play in diabetes management.
  • The different types of medication used in Australia to manage diabetes.
  • How to treat mild, moderate and severe hyperglycaemia and hypoglycaemia.
  • The impact ill health and surgery have on blood glucose levels and what should be included in a sick day management plan.
  • How legislation applies to people with diabetes in obtaining a driver’s licence.
  • The emotional and psychological impact of diabetes on an individual and their family and how diabetes distress, anxiety and depression can impact diabetes self-management.
  • How to screen for microvascular and macrovascular complications.
  • The conditions related to diabetes including metabolic syndrome and polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS)


What are the benefits of doing Diabetes Essentials?

Once you have completed Diabetes Essentials you will have:

  • The latest best practice information and resources on the pathophysiology of diabetes, management and prevention principles which means you will have increased knowledge to confidently apply to your practice of work.
  • Real-life case study examples that equip you with practical knowledge that you can apply to your role and improve the outcomes of the people you support living with diabetes.
  • A certificate for 12 CPD hours of eLearning accredited by the ADEA which you can use towards your annual CPD portfolio and registration renewal showcasing your professional development commitment.
Modules & Assessments

The Diabetes Essentials online course has 4 modules. At the end of each module there is a short multiple choice assessment. You can complete the course at your own pace, for example complete one module and assessment at a time. Your progress is saved, so each time you login you can pick up where you left off .

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.


On completion of the course and by passing the assessments. You will instantly be able to download your certificate  of completion, the course is accredited for 12 CPD points from  ADEA.

Enrol anytime, 12 months access

Enrol online 24/7, 365 days a year and get access straight away to your course. You have 12 months to complete your course and access course materials.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • How do I access the course?

    The course is available online and on-demand. Once you’ve enrolled in the course you will receive an email with login details and instructions on how to access the course straight away in our learning management system. All you need to start learning is an internet connection and a laptop or computer (we recommend using a Chrome website browser).

  • Is there a teacher available to answer any questions I might have about the course?

    The course has been designed specifically for independent learners. It is easy to follow and broken into topics and modules. There are also knowledge checks throughout and multiple choice assessments. You can download learning summaries at the end of each module to review information. You have 12 months access to the course. If you have any technical difficulties with the course please contact us on support@diabetesqualified.com.au

  • How do I get my CPD certificate of completion?

    Once you have completed the course and passed the multiple-choice assessments, a ‘Certificate of Completion’ becomes available for download from the learning management system. This will only show once you have completed the course evaluation survey.

  • How do I become a Credentialed Diabetes Educator (CDE)?

    A good way to start on the pathway to becoming a diabetes educator is by the doing this course – Diabetes Essentials. However to become a Credentialled Diabetes Educator (CDE) you will need to complete a Graduate Certificate in Diabetes Education and Management and complete hours in practicing diabetes education. You can find out more information at the Australian Diabetes Educators Association.

  • Are there any other resources I can access to learn more about diabetes?

    Yes, absolutely! We have a range of diabetes-related webinars as well as podcasts, and Fact Sheets on our website.

  • How long do I have access to the course?

    12 months. The time is calculated from when a student enrols into the online program. Friendly email reminders will be sent to students to ensure the course is completed within the time period. If you need an extension due to exceptional circumstances please email us.

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