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Diabetes Qualified


Diabetes in Practice for Podiatrists


6 CPD Hours


6 Hours


$295 AUD

Practical Diabetes for Podiatrists is an interactive, practical eLearning CPD course. It includes a three-part foot assessment video series, practical tools and educational handouts and resources to increase your knowledge and skillset in supporting people living with diabetes.

About the course

Practical Diabetes for Podiatrists is an interactive, practical eLearning CPD course. The course is developed by eLearning specialists and healthcare experts in the field of diabetes. Which means that you will receive the latest, evidence-based guidelines on diabetes and its management. You will also have access to a three-part foot assessment video series, practical tools and educational handouts and resources to use in your practice. A core component of this course focuses on the power of positive language and how to have a meaningful conversation that facilitates behaviour change to reduce long-term risk and complications in people with diabetes. The course takes six hours to complete and is worth six hours of CPD learning.

If you are looking to increase your technical diabetes knowledge and learn more about the pathophysiology of diabetes please refer to our course Diabetes Essentials.

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.
  • The course takes approximately six hours to complete, however you will have 12-months access to the course from your enrolment date. This enables you to learn at your own pace and at a time that suits you.
  • There are 12 modules and 3 assessments. The assessments are multiple-choice and results are shown immediately.
  • Once you have passed all 3 assessments you will be able to download your ‘Certificate of Completion’ for your CPD records.

Key learning objectives for each of the 11 modules for Practical Diabetes for Podiatrists are outlined below.

Module 1: Introduction

  • Recognise why it is important to follow this training on diabetes and why diabetes is a significant health problem in Australia.
  • Understand the link between diabetes and foot care.

Module 2: What is diabetes

  • Describe what diabetes is, including the three main types.
  • Describe normal glucose metabolism.
  • Describe key features of the three diabetes types including prevalence, cause, presentation and management.

Module 3: Risk factors for type 2 diabetes

  • Name the risk factors for developing type 2 diabetes.

Module 4: Blood glucose levels

  • Recall what hypoglycaemia and hyperglycaemia are and how they are defined by blood glucose levels.
  • Recall the target blood glucose levels for people with type 1 and type 2 diabetes.

Module 5: Acute complications – hyperglycaemia

  • Name the signs, symptoms and causes of hyperglycaemia.
  • Describe how acute hyperglycaemia (including sick days) is managed.
  • Describe what diabetic ketoacidosis is and what causes it.

Module 6: Acute complications – hypoglycaemia

  • Name the signs, symptoms and causes of hypoglycaemia.
  • Describe how acute hypoglycaemia (including sick days) is managed.
  • Describe the treatment for mild and moderate hypoglycaemia and the management for severe hypoglycaemia.

Module 7: Chronic complications

  • Describe the chronic micro and macrovascular complications of diabetes.
  • Describe the oral and mental health complications of diabetes.

Module 8: Living well with diabetes

  • Describe the ways in which diabetes can be managed.
  • Discuss the purpose of a Diabetes Care Team, their roles and how they can help a person manage their diabetes.
  • Describe the referral pathway to members of the Diabetes Team.

Module 9: Prevention and detection of chronic complications

  • Describe what the Annual Cycle of Care is, the tests and reviews, and how it can reduce the risk of chronic complications.
  • Describe the importance of daily foot care, how to care for the feet including podiatry checks.
  • Recognise that diabetes can have an emotional and psychological impact on people with diabetes and their family.
  • Describe how diabetes can affect oral health and the importance of visiting a dentist every 6 months.

Module 10: NDSS, diabetes organisations and Medicare

  • Describe what the NDSS is, eligibility and registration process and the benefits of registration.
  • Describe changes to NDSS.
  • Describe what diabetes organisations are, what they do to support people with diabetes, how people can become members and what the benefits of membership are.
  • Describe the entitlements under Medicare for people with diabetes.

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 appositive interaction with the person living with diabetes.
  • Recognise the ‘Stages of Change’ behavioural change model and how it relates to supporting people with type 2 diabetes to make positive behaviour changes.



After completing Practical Diabetes for Podiatrists, 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 describe key risk factors for developing type 2 diabetes and the actions to take to delay onset.
  • Be able to define blood glucose targets for people with type 1 and type 2 diabetes. Key factors that affect blood glucose levels and what defines hyperglycaemia and hypoglycaemia.
  • Know how to describe the cause, symptoms and treatment for 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 prevention and detection principles of chronic complications including describing tests and reviews in the Annual Cycle of Care, the importance of daily foot care, and podiatry checks.
  • Have an overview of the NDSS, diabetes organisations and Medicare, including eligibility, their benefits of membership and the role they play in supporting people living with diabetes
  • Know how to have a supportive conversation using positive language and communication to build rapport and trust that will help you facilitate positive behaviour change in your clients.

What are the benefits of doing this course?

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

  • The latest, best-practice knowledge on diabetes and its management based on case studies which means you will have the practical knowledge to improve health outcomes for the people you support living with diabetes.
  • A CPD Certificate for 6 hours of learning which will increase your credibility for future job opportunities and showcase your commitment to your professional development.
  • Developed best-practice communication strategies that will help you build trust and rapport with your clients that will facilitate positive behaviour change and reduce the risk of foot-related complications from diabetes.
  • The confidence to ask the right questions, the steps to take based on an assessment of a healthy or at-risk foot, when to give advice and when to refer your clients to other health professionals for more individualised advice.
  • Access to helpful and educational resources for your practice to help support the people you see living with diabetes.

Additional resources

Video’s on how to complete a Foot Assessment 


A series of 3 x 2 minute videos on how to complete a Foot Assessment presented by Podiatrist Phillip Corne.

Part 1: General Foot Care

Part 2: Blood Supply

Part 3: Nerve Supply

Educational handouts

The course includes a number of handouts that you can download and print to share with the people you see. As well as recommended further reading and resources.


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 6 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 can be recorded as 6 hours of CPD education.

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

  • Are the assessments multiple-choice, and how many attempts do I get?

    Yes, the three assessments are multiple-choice, with either one or multiple correct answers.  You will have three attempts to pass each of the four assessments. You will need a score of 80% or more to pass each assessment.  If, for some reason, you need more attempts, please email us at support@diabetesqualfied.com.au


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

    To become a Credentialled Diabetes Educator (CDE) you need to complete a Graduate Certificate in Diabetes Education and Management and complete hours in practising diabetes education. Our article, ‘How to become a Credentialled Diabetes Educator‘ explains the process in more detail.

    You can also view the Australian Diabetes Educators Association for more information.

  • How long do I have access to the course?

    You will have 12-months access to the course from your enrolment date. Please email us if you need an extension due to exceptional circumstances.

  • How do I get my CPD certificate of completion?

    Once you have completed the Practical Diabetes for Podiatrists 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.

  • What other resources can I access to learn more about diabetes?

    We have a range of  diabetes related webinars as well as podcasts, and fact sheets.

    If you are wanting to learn more about practical ways to improve your ability to support the 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.

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Reviews from our students


“I liked the ability to check understanding of the information provided with progressive knowledge checks throughout. I enjoyed the scenarios with presenting the client’s questions. It was incredibly professional, I would recommend to every allied health professional”

Louise, Podiatrist

“I found the course very helpful, and it was a great reminder to be aware of the language we use as health professionals. The information was detailed and presented in a way that was easy to absorb and manageable”

Nichola, Podiatrist

“Easy to follow, not too much text and written in a way that is easy to remember. The patient handouts were fantastic. I have learned the importance of addressing possible reasons for patients not following suggestions, and how I can present the information using supportive language”

Alison, Podiatrist