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Online course

Living Well with Diabetes

Examine the concepts of health, wellness and holism and understand what it means to have an illness like diabetes.

What’s the difference between a free course and an upgraded course?


  • Access to the course for its duration + 14 days, regardless of when you join (this includes access to articles, videos, peer review steps, quizzes)
  • No access to course tests
  • No certificate


  • Unlimited access to the course, for as long as it exists on FutureLearn (this includes access to articles, videos, peer review steps, quizzes)
  • Access to course tests
  • A Certificate of Achievement when you complete the course

Find out more

Living Well with Diabetes

This course is part of the program Diabetes in Social and Psychological Contexts, which is one of the building blocks that leads to a Diabetes Education degree. Find out more.

Understand holistic healthcare and what it means to live well with Diabetes

Diabetes is recognised as the world’s fastest growing chronic condition, with an estimated 422 million people living with it worldwide.

This online course examines the concepts of health, wellness and holism, to find out what it means to have a chronic illness like diabetes.

You’ll explore the psychological impact of diabetes and the ideas of self-efficacy and self-care, and get a free taste of Deakin University’s postgraduate degree in Diabetes Education, which can be done entirely on FutureLearn.

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Skip to 0 minutes and 5 secondsA diagnosis of diabetes can happen at any time to any person. The incidence of diabetes is increasing worldwide and many elements of it remain a mystery and often misunderstood, with so many questions how can people live well with diabetes. Hello. I'm Rhonda Brown from Deakin University. And in this two week course, we will develop an understanding of the meaning of living with diabetes for an individual and their family. Analyse the social and psychological impacts of living with this chronic condition. Examine the factors that contribute to living well with diabetes and discover how individuals and their families can be empowered to manage this lifelong challenge.

Skip to 0 minutes and 49 secondsThis course will be of benefit to anyone affected by diabetes, including individuals and their families and health professionals. Together, we will further develop our knowledge of diabetes and move closer to understanding the daily reality of living with diabetes. See you soon.

What topics will you cover?

This course provided learners with an understanding of:

• how to live well with diabetes

• what it’s like living with diabetes.

When would you like to start?

  • Date to be announced

What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you'll be able to...

  • Explore the concepts of health, wellness and holism
  • Explain the connections between chronic illness and quality of life
  • Investigate the psycho-social impact of diabetes for individuals and their family members and their coping strategies
  • Explore the role of self-efficacy in achieving self-care and living well with diabetes

Who is the course for?

This course is targeted at:

  • people wanting to understand the causes, types and treatment of diabetes
  • health professionals wanting to reduce the prevalence and impact of diabetes.

Who will you learn with?

Rhonda Brown

Dr Rhonda Brown is an experienced clinician and academic with extensive experience in community and mental health nursing. She also co-ordinates Diabetes Education at Deakin University.

Catharine McNamara

Cath is a clinical nurse specialist in diabetes with a special interest in diabetes in pregnancy. She is committed to quality clinical care and preparing future diabetes educators.

Virginia Hagger

Virginia is a credentialed diabetes educator, who has worked for most of her nursing career in the diabetes field as a clinician, program manager, and more recently as a researcher.

Who developed the course?

Deakin University is Australia’s eighth largest university with more than 53,000 students from more than 100 countries studying online and on-campus!

Advance your career with a degree

This course is the first step to a degree in Diabetes Education.

What's different about this course?

Since 2017 you have been able to take a degree on FutureLearn. This free course is a bit like a starter course for a degree — it should give you a flavour of the degree subject but can also be your first step towards a degree qualification.

If you enjoy this course you can apply to join the program it’s part of to start working towards a degree on FutureLearn.

Don’t worry, you can still take the course without doing a full degree!

How do degrees work on FutureLearn?

Do the free course
Join and complete the program
Get academic credit for an online degree from Deakin University

Which program and degree is this course part of?

This course is part of the program Diabetes in Social and Psychological Contexts, which is part of the degree Diabetes Education.

Course highlights Get a taste of this course before you join:

  • Unhappy woman's form double exposed with paint splatter effect
    Living with chronic illness

    Chronic illness is increasing in all countries and comes at significant human, social and economic cost.