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Management of Diabetes

Welcome to this Deakin University unit, HND702: Management of Diabetes, where we will explore methods of diabetes management.

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

Welcome to the program

This unit highlights the principles of diabetes management (namely diet, medication and lifestyle changes). Individualised care in diabetes management and education is key. The educator's role in a multidisciplinary team is based on National Standards of Practice for Diabetes Educators. Students will learn to recognise and advise in a diabetic emergency by using evidence-based practice to deliver accurate information.

The unit contextualises the role and scope to become diabetes educators. It covers the broad spectrum of management, from physical to pharmacological, from home to hospital.


5 courses

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Who will you learn with?

Catharine McNamara

Catharine McNamara

Cath is a credentialed diabetes nurse educator with a special interest in diabetes and pregnancy. She works clinically in this field which enhances her academic role and passion for educating students

Learning outcomes

  • Explain the contemporary independent role of the diabetes educator and their role as an integral part of an interdisciplinary team working with culturally diverse populations.

  • Critically analyse current clinical and self-management strategies for people with diabetes.

  • Apply evidence-based practice to identify different factors causing metabolic dysfunction in people with diabetes.

  • Critically examine the theoretical and practical basis for diabetes medication regimens, insulin types and glucose-lowering medications including varying delivery devices.

  • Explain the clinical manifestations, management and preventative strategies of diabetes-related emergencies including hypoglycaemia, diabetic ketoacidosis and hyperosmolar hyperglycaemic state.

  • Critically examine how living with diabetes impacts on individuals and their families including during significant milestones throughout the lifespan.

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