Master of Person-centred Diabetes Care and Education

Approved Abbreviation: MPersCeDiCarEd

Western Sydney University Course Code: 4771.2

AQF Level: 9

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 2021 or later.

Units may be revised or replaced to ensure students are provided with up to date curriculum throughout their studies, and this may result in a new course version. Refer to the Check My Course Progress page in MySR for the most up to date information for your course.

For Commencement Year 2020 - Please refer to 4771.1 - Master of Person-centred Diabetes Care and Education

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 units are delivered online. However, students must attend a compulsory one-week face to face clinical skills workshop (subject to COVID restrictions) and also 40 hours of mandatory clinical practicum in a specialised diabetes service. This course is developed and facilitated by experts in clinical diabetes care and diabetes research. This inter-professional course will also provide the opportunity to develop research skills and scholarship that fosters advanced diabetes practice. Students will have an opportunity to conduct course work in research studies and undertake a diabetes research project which will further enhance their expertise in diabetes care and education.

Study Mode
Three years part-time.

The Master of 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 Credentialed Diabetes Educator® with the ADEA.

Inherent requirements

Inherent requirements for these courses in Person-centred Diabetes Care and Education are outlined in the Western Sydney University Inherent Requirements for Medicine Courses available at:

Inherent Requirements for Medicine


Applicants for Master in Person-centred Diabetes Care and Education course need to

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, dietitans, nutritionists, podiatrists, pharmacists,exercise physiologists, physiotherapists, midwives and psychologists, OR Certificate IV, or higher, in Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islanders Primary Health Care for Aboriginal Health Workers registered with AHPRA


Completed Graduate Diploma in Person-centred Diabetes Care and Education


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 Pre-requisites

To be eligible to enrol in a unit and attend a health-related placement in this course, students must meet Western Sydney University course requirements AND Special Legislative Requirements in your state, to enrol in some units. Please check with your Course coordinator to determine your requirements.

You may be expected to provide evidence of:

1. National Criminal History Check: Students must have a current check valid for their entire course. A valid National Criminal history check must be an Australia wide check, include the student's full name matching their Student ID card and date of birth and not have any offences listed. If a student has a criminal history identified on their check, they must provide a clearance or authority document or conditional letter from their relevant authorised state organisation. International students must additionally have a translated International Police Check or statutory declaration.

2. A Working with Children Check (WWCC) clearance letter or state equivalent, valid for their entire course.

3. A current approved first aid certificate valid for their entire course, approved provider courses can be found at

4. A completed vaccination/immunisation card with all serology results attached - currency must be maintained by the student to ensure compliance for their entire course.

5. Undertaking/Declaration form (or state equivalent documents)

6. Additional forms as required per state related to, but not limited to, Tuberculosis Assessment tool, Hepatitis B statutory declaration form, Signed Code of Conduct, Student Deed Poll and all other state equivalent documents as required. Contact your school for further details. Resources are also available on the Placement Hub web page

7. Relevant Local Health District specific documentation as requested. Contact your School for further details. Resources are also available on the Placement Hubwebsite:

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.

There is a compulsory 40-hour clinical placement in a service that provides health care to people with diabetes with maximum learning opportunities. The clinical location/venue will have at minimum one supervising CDE/ mentor.

Forty hours of Clinical Practicum takes place during the Graduate Certificate Level during Clinical Practice in Diabetes II.

Course Structure

Qualification for this award requires the successful completion of 120 credit points which includes the units listed below.

Recommended Sequence

Year 1


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


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

Students may exit at this point with a Graduate Certificate in Person-centred Diabetes Care and Education after the successful completion of 40 credit points of study.

4761 - Graduate Certificate in Person-centred Diabetes Care and Education

Year 2


401076Introduction to Epidemiology
401288Diabetes in Primary Care


401289Diabetes in the Hospital
401290Diabetes in Paediatrics, Transition and Pregnancy

Students may exit at this point with a Graduate Diploma in Person-centred Diabetes Care and Education after the successful completion of 80 credit points of study.

4762 - Graduate Diploma in Person-centred Diabetes Care and Education

Year 3


401077Introduction to Biostatistics

One alternate unit


401084Research Project in Health Care

Alternate Units

401238Qualitative Research Methodology in Health
401080Research Protocol Design and Practice
401178Controversies in Epidemiology
401467Medical Research Project (PG)

Students wishing to commence studies in the Autumn term can enrol in any core unit that does not require pre-requisite (such as) unit 401287 - Diabetes Self-Management Support II: Systems and Organisations as a standalone unit and then apply for academic standing once they begin the course in Spring.

Equvialent Core Unit

The core unit listed below count towards completion of this course for students who passed this unit in Spring 2021 or earlier.

400975 - Ethics in Health Research

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