The Graduate Diploma in Nursing (Diabetes Management and Education) is a 36-unit course offered by the Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences.

Admission requirements

Applicants must normally hold an approved degree or equivalent qualification and must be registered nurses in Australia. However, the Board may, under certain circumstances and subject to specific conditions, admit others who can show evidence of fitness for candidature.

In addition, applicants must have a minimum of one year post-registration practice experience and must provide a supporting statement from their employer stating their willingness to facilitate the extended clinical practice components of the course within their workplace and/or provide evidence that an affiliated health agency will facilitate the clinical practice in a supernumerary capacity.

Course aims

The Graduate Diploma in Nursing (Diabetes Management and Education) aims to:

  • facilitate development of specialised knowledge, skills and attributes for application in a range of diabetes management and educational environments
  • extend student knowledge in research for practice development

Learning outcomes 

In addition to the Learning Outcomes of the Graduate Diploma in Nursing, on completion of this course, students in the diabetes management and education nursing specialisation will be able to:

  • examine the complexity of Primary Health Care issues related to diabetes management and education
  • critically analyse evidence for the provision of education and management to clients with or at risk of diabetes across the lifespan
  • implement the knowledge and skills required to effectively educate and manage clients with or at risk of diabetes across the lifespan
  • demonstrate professional entry level competence against the Australian Diabetes Educators Association National Core Competencies.

Program of Study

To qualify for the Graduate Diploma in Nursing (Diabetes Management and Education) a student must complete 36 units as specified below with a grade of Pass or NGP or better in each topic.

The award of a grade of Fail (F) in the same topic on more than one occasion or in 9 units or more, or failure to complete the course within four consecutive semesters may constitute prima facie evidence of unsatisfactory progress for the purposes of the University's Policy on Student Progress.

Except with permission of the Faculty Board:

  • no topic may be attempted more than twice
  • a student may not include a topic which repeats work previously undertaken.

Not all topics will be available in any given year or semester

Specialisation - Diabetes Management and Education - Core topics

18 units comprising:

NURS8730  Diabetes Management  (4.5 units)
NURS8731  Diabetes Health Promotion (4.5 units)
NURS8732  Diabetes Practicum  (4.5 units)
NURS8733  Psychosocial Aspects of Diabetes Management  (4.5 units)

Core - Year 1 topics

18 units comprising:

NURS9123  Epidemiology and Population Studies for Health Care Practice (4.5 units)
NURS9124  Advanced Thinking, Communicating and Problem Solving for Health Professionals (4.5 units)
NURS9126  Leadership in Health Studies  (4.5 units)
NURS9219  Introduction to Research (4.5 units)