Graduate Certificate in Person-centred Diabetes Care and Education

Approved Abbreviation: GradCertPersCDiCarEd

Western Sydney University Course Code: 4761.1

AQF Level: 8

Students should follow the course structure for the course version relevant to the year they commenced. This version applies to students whose commencement year for this course is Spring 2019 onwards.

This clinically focused course is designed for multidisciplinary clinicians who would like to specialise in diabetes clinical care and education. Underpinned by an empowerment approach to Person-centred diabetes care, students will learn about the clinical management of diabetes and how best to support and educate people with diabetes manage their condition and optimise their health. In addition to examining the aetiology, pathophysiology, clinical assessment and management of different types of diabetes, and short and long term complications, this course will explore self-management support at the system, organisational and individual level. This inter-professional course provides the opportunity for the student to learn with, about, and from other health disciplines in delivering diabetes care. The majority of this course is delivered online. However, students must attend a compulsory one week face to face clinical skills workshop and also 40 hours of mandatory clinical practicum. This course is developed and facilitated by experts in clinical diabetes care and diabetes research.

Study Mode
One year part-time.

The Graducate Certificate in Person-centred Diabetes Care and Education has been accredited by ADEA - Australian Diabetes Educators Association. Students who complete this course are eligible to apply to be a Credentialled Diabetes Educator® with the ADEA.


Applicants must have successfully completed an undergraduate degree in health or behavioural science OR appropriate equivalent professional qualification in a diabetes relevant health profession, i.e. general practitioners, registered nurses, dietitians, nutritionist, podiatrists, pharmacists, exercise physiologists, physiotherapists and psychologists OR Certificate IV, or higher, in Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islanders Primary Health Care for Aboriginal Health Workers registered with AHPRA.


Be registered with their professions’ national regulatory body.


Have completed at least one year fulltime equivalent work experience in a health profession where they have had the opportunity in providing health care to people with diabetes.

Applicants seeking admission on the basis of work experience must support their application with a statement of service for all work experience listed on the application.

Statement of Service

If you hold overseas qualifications from countries where English is not the standard language of instruction, you must provide evidence of English language proficiency. Refer to Western Sydney’s English language proficiency requirements on UAC’s website .For this course a minimum IELTS Overall Band score 7.0 is required.

Applications from Australian and New Zealand citizens and holders of permanent resident visas must be made via the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC). Use the links below to apply via UAC or Western Sydney University. Applications made directly to Western Sydney do not have an application fee.

Applicants who have undertaken studies overseas may have to provide proof of proficiency in English. Local and International applicants who are applying through the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC) will find details of minimum English proficiency requirements and acceptable proof on the UAC website. Local applicants applying directly to the University should also use the information provided on the UAC website.

Overseas qualifications must be deemed by the Australian Education International - National Office of Overseas Skills Recognition (AEI-NOOSR) to be equivalent to Australian qualifications in order to be considered by UAC and Western Sydney University.

Special Requirements Prerequisites
Students must supply a certified copy of their health professional Bachelor degree or professional qualification, registration certification to practice from Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency( or their profession’s national regulatory body and proof of proficiency in English (if undergraduate qualification was obtained overseas) at the time of application.

Work Integrated Learning

Western Sydney University seeks to enhance student learning experiences by enabling students to engage in the culture, expectations and practices of their profession or discipline. This course includes a placement or other community-based unpaid practical experience.

There is a mandatory work component required for completion of this course. Please contact the Course Advisor listed above for information.

Course Structure

Qualification for this award requires the successful completion of 40 credit points which includes the units listed below.

Recommended Sequence


Year 1

Spring session

401284Clinical Practice in Diabetes 1
401285Diabetes Self-Management Support 1: Individuals

Autumn session

401286Clinical Practice in Diabetes 2
401287Diabetes Self-Management Support II: Systems and Organisations

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