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  • Deakin University

Living Well with Diabetes

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

6,003 enrolled on this course

Living Well with Diabetes
  • Duration

    2 weeks
  • Weekly study

    3 hours
This course is part of the program Diabetes in Social and Psychological Contexts, which is one of the building blocks that leads to a degree in Diabetes Education. 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 seconds A 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 seconds This 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

Learning on this course

You can take this self-guided course and learn at your own pace. On every step of the course you can meet other learners, share your ideas and join in with active discussions in the comments.

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 the meaning of living with diabetes for an individual and their family
  • health professionals wanting strategies to support individuals and families to live well with diabetes.

Who will you learn with?

Dr Virginia Hagger is a RN-CDE, who has worked in the diabetes field as a clinician, program manager and researcher. She is the Course Leader for the Grad Cert in Diabetes Education.

Who developed the course?

Deakin University

Deakin University is one of Australia’s largest universities with more than 61,000 students and over 15,000 online.

  • Established

    1974
  • Location

    Melbourne, Australia
  • World ranking

    Top 280Source: QS World University Rankings 2021

Learning on FutureLearn

Your learning, your rules

  • Courses are split into weeks, activities, and steps, but you can complete them as quickly or slowly as you like
  • Learn through a mix of bite-sized videos, long- and short-form articles, audio, and practical activities
  • Stay motivated by using the Progress page to keep track of your step completion and assessment scores

Join a global classroom

  • Experience the power of social learning, and get inspired by an international network of learners
  • Share ideas with your peers and course educators on every step of the course
  • Join the conversation by reading, @ing, liking, bookmarking, and replying to comments from others

Map your progress

  • As you work through the course, use notifications and the Progress page to guide your learning
  • Whenever you’re ready, mark each step as complete, you’re in control
  • Complete 90% of course steps and all of the assessments to earn your certificate

Want to know more about learning on FutureLearn? Using FutureLearn

Advance your career with a degree

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!

Do the free course
Join and complete the program
Get academic credit for an online degree from Deakin University
This course is part of the program Diabetes in Social and Psychological Contexts, which is one of the building blocks that leads to a degree in Diabetes Education.

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