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Diabetes in Social and Psychological Contexts

Welcome to this Deakin University unit, HND732: Social and Psychological Contexts of Diabetes, where we will explore the impact of living with diabetes, and how health professionals can respond.

Diabetes in Social and Psychological Contexts

This program is part of the Diabetes Education degree offered by Deakin University

Welcome to the program

This unit develops an in-depth understanding of the meaning of living with diabetes for an individual and supportive care provided by the diabetes educator.

The unit draws on nursing, psychological, and sociological perspectives to clarify the different problems that an individual with diabetes and their family members encounter and appropriate caring strategies based on contemporary research and best-practice guidelines.

The therapeutic relationship underpins this unit and strategies to facilitate positive communication, promote health literacy, empowerment and health promotion are provided.

Courses

5 courses

Delivered by expert academics

Deakin University is Australia’s eighth largest university with more than 53,000 students from more than 100 countries studying online and on-campus. With world-class teaching and research, Deakin produces sought-after graduates poised to make a real difference in the world.

Who will you learn with?

Virginia Hagger

Virginia Hagger

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.

Learning outcomes

  • Explain the psychosocial impact of diabetes and its management on the person with diabetes and their family members/caregivers.

  • Identify key aspects of life transitions of chronic illness and their relevance to diabetes education.

  • Critically examine the cognitive, emotional, behavioural and social barriers to self-care and strategies to address these barriers.

  • Identify strategies within a multidisciplinary team that can be adopted in clinical practice when considering the impact of diabetes on people’s lifestyles and emotional well-being.

  • Explain the concept of empowerment and/or self-efficacy in relation to consumer participation and health promotion.

  • Identify key aspects relevant to diabetes management of people from diverse backgrounds and vulnerable populations.

  • Demonstrate an appreciation for evidence based practice diabetes care.

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