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Diabetes Qualified

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Diabetes in Practice for Nurses


12 CPD Hours


12 Hours


$195 AUD

This comprehensive eLearning course is for Practice and Enrolled Nurses looking to extend their diabetes knowledge. It is accredited for 12 CPD hours by the Australian Primary Health Care Nurses Association (APNA).

About the course

Practical Diabetes for Nurses is a comprehensive online course designed for Practice and Enrolled Nurses who would like to refresh and extend their knowledge of diabetes and improve their support to people in their care.

The course is developed by healthcare professionals and expert Credentialled Diabetes Educators who work closely with people living with diabetes. It is based on current best practice guidelines and principles.

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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 in Practice for Nurses consists of 16 modules. You can complete each module at your own pace.
  • There are 4 multiple choice assessments. The 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.

The key learning objectives for Practical Diabetes for Nurses are outlined below.


Module 1: Introduction

  • Recognise that diabetes is a significant health problem in Australia and why it is important to follow this training.

Module 2: Diabetes explained

  • Describe diabetes – identify the key underlying problems that cause all types of diabetes and name the three main types of diabetes.
  • Discuss prevalence, cause, prevention, presentation and management of type 1, type 2 and gestational diabetes.
  • Explain normal glucose metabolism and the signs and symptoms of diabetes.

Module 3: Risk factors for diabetes

  • Identify risk factors for developing type 2 diabetes.
  • Explain key actions to delay the onset of type 2 diabetes in people at risk.

Module 4: Blood glucose levels

  • Recall what healthy blood glucose, hypoglycaemia and hyperglycaemia are.
  • Describe key factors that affect blood glucose levels.
  • Recall the target blood glucose levels for people with type 1 diabetes.
  • Recall the target blood glucose levels for people with type 2 diabetes.
  • Define what the HbA1c test is used for and what the target HbA1c range is.

Module 5: Acute complications – hyperglycaemia

  • List the signs and symptoms and causes of hyperglycaemia and how it is managed.
  • Describe what diabetic ketoacidosis is and the factors that cause it.

Module 6: Acute complications – hypoglycaemia

  • List the signs and symptoms and causes of hypoglycaemia and how it is managed.
  • Describe the treatment and management for mild, moderate and severe hypoglycaemia.

Module 7: Chronic complications

  • Describe the various complications of diabetes including chronic microvascular and macrovascular complications and mental health complications.

Module 8: Blood glucose monitoring

  • Explain the benefits of blood glucose monitoring for people with type 1, type 2 and gestational diabetes.
  • Describe the equipment and key considerations for choosing the most appropriate blood glucose meter or lancing device.
  • Discuss the correct technique and most useful times to do a blood glucose level check.
  • Recognise the importance of safe sharps disposal and describe how sharps should be disposed of.

Module 9: Living well with diabetes

  • Describe how diabetes can be managed and the purpose and individual roles that comprise a Diabetes Care Team in supporting a person with their diabetes management.
  • Discuss the legislation in relation to people with diabetes obtaining a driver’s licence as well as the guidelines around travel for people with diabetes.

Module 10: Healthy eating

  • Describe the Australian Guide to Healthy Eating, the plate model and additional recommendations for people living with diabetes.
  • Explain the impact of carbohydrates on blood glucose levels and give examples of food sources of carbohydrates and their role in healthy eating.
  • Describe what kilojoules are and how they contribute to weight management.
  • Discuss what glycaemic index (GI) is and give examples of low-GI foods.
  • Describe the four types of dietary fats and give examples of food sources and their effect on heart health and weight management.
  • Describe the impact of alcohol on diabetes and weight management. Discuss standard drink sizes and tips to help people reduce their consumption with reference to the NHMRC Low Risk Drinking Guidelines.
  • Recognise the significance of modest weight loss in overweight people can significantly reduce insulin resistance.

Module 11: Physical activity

  • Describe the benefits of physical activity for diabetes management with reference to the Australian Guidelines for Physical Activity.
  • Explain safety precautions people with diabetes should take before starting a physical activity program.
  • Discuss the link between physical activity and low blood glucose levels.

Module 12: Medications

  • Describe key actions of common oral medication groups used in diabetes management, including mechanisms of action and possible side-effects such as hypoglycaemia.
  • Explain the key action of insulin and why someone with type 2 diabetes might be prescribed insulin.

Module 13: Prevention and detection of complications

  • Describe what the Annual Cycle of Care is and how it can reduce the risk of chronic complications.
  • Explain the tests and reviews involved in the Annual Cycle of Care, including the importance of daily foot care, podiatry checks and dental check-ups.
  • Recognise the emotional and psychological impact of diabetes on those living with the condition and their family.

Module 14: NDSS, diabetes organisations and Medicare

  • Describe what the NDSS is, eligibility and registration process and the benefits of registration.
  • Explain what diabetes organisations such as Diabetes Australia are, the membership process and how they support people living with diabetes.
  • Describe the Medicare entitlements available for people living with type 2 diabetes.

Module 15: Supporting behaviour change

  • Describe the ‘Stages of Change’ behavioural change model and how it relates to supporting positive behaviour change in people living with type 2 diabetes.
  • Explain how to set SMART goals for behaviour change.

Module 16: Talking the talk

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

What you will learn

Practical Diabetes for Nurses is endorsed by the Australian Primary Health Care Nurses Association (APNA) for 12 continuing professional development (CPD) hours. After completing the course you will:

  • Understand the importance of diabetes education and how to convey diabetes as a serious health problem in Australia.
  • Have a comprehensive overview of diabetes, including symptoms, diagnosis, treatment and management principles.
  • Know how to identify risk factors of type 2 diabetes and principle actions to take to delay diabetes development.
  • Be able to describe key factors that affect blood glucose levels and recall key blood glucose targets for both type 1 and type 2 diabetes with reference to national guidelines.
  • Know how to screen and treat mild, moderate and severe acute diabetes complications (hypoglycaemia and hyperglycaemia)
  • Be able to describe chronic complications of diabetes such as microvascular, macrovascular, oral and mental health complications.
  • Understand the importance of meaningful monitoring, including correct technique, equipment and the benefits of Blood Glucose Monitoring for the different types of diabetes.
  • Know how key actions of common oral medications are used in diabetes management, describing possible side-effects with particular reference to hypoglycaemia.
  • Understand the importance of positive language and communication to build rapport, trust and support behaviour change strategies in people living with diabetes.


What are the benefits of doing this course?

Once you have completed the Practical Diabetes for Nurses course, you will have:

  • A CPD Certificate endorsed by APNA which will increase your credibility for future job opportunities and showcase your commitment to your professional development.
  • Increased knowledge based on national guidelines and practical case studies that will enable you to care for your patients living with diabetes confidently.
  • Developed best-practice communication strategies that will allow you to build trust and rapport with your patients, which will help facilitate and support positive behaviour change strategies.
Modules & Assessments

Diabetes in Practice for Nurses has 16 modules. There are 4 short multiple choice assessments throughout. You can complete the course at your own pace. 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 hours from APNA according to approved quality standards criteria.


  • How many CPD Nursing points will I get from doing this course?

    This Diabetes course for Nurses has been accredited for 12 CPD points. It is endorsed by APNA for 12 hours of Continuing Professional Development according to approved quality standards criteria. It is important to remember that it is your responsibility to maintain and register CPD with your professional body. Most Registered and Enrolled Nurses will need to complete 20 hours of CPD every year and must keep records of this for 5 years.

  • Why is CPD and diabetes education important for Nurses?

    CPD is the means by which nurses maintain, improve and broaden their knowledge, expertise and competence, and develop the personal and professional qualities required throughout their professional lives. One in four adults in Australia are living with diabetes or pre-diabetes. As a nurse you will benefit from this online diabetes course by learning how to teach people living with diabetes to manage their condition and prevent complications.

  • How do I obtain my CPD certificate of completion?

    Once you have completed the Practical Diabetes for Nurses online course and passed the 4 multiple choice assessments, a ‘certificate of completion’ becomes available for download from the learning management system. You will receive a certificate with 12 Nursing CPD points.

  • Are the Assessments multiple choice and how many attempts do I get?

    Yes, the 4 assessments are multiple choice, with either one or multiple correct answers.  You get 3 attempts to pass with a score of 80% of more. If for some reason you need more attempts please email us.

  • How long do I have access to the course?

    12 Months. The time is calculated from when a student is enrolled 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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