Unit description

Applies knowledge of primary health to the role of the diabetes educator, and the way the profession is advancing to enable partnerships to develop within the primary healthcare team. The focus is on diabetes education for clients that is relevant and accessible. Students identify the issues associated with chronic disease within the community, focusing on the student’s own primary discipline: that of a diabetes educator.

Unit content

Topic 1: Principles of primary health and health promotion
Topic 2: Communication in Primary health
Topic 3: Partnerships in Primary health.
Topic 4: Resource allocation within the Australian Healthcare system
Topic 5: Development of the role of the Diabetes Educator within Primary health
Topic 6: Chronic disease and its impact on society
Topic 7: Chronic disease from clients perspective
Topic 8: The concept of empowerment
Topic 9: Government strategies
Topic 10: Managing risk in chronic disease
Topic 11: Medical Nutrition therapy
Topic 12: Sexual Health

Learning outcomes

Unit Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a unit. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes. The unit learning outcomes and graduate attributes are also the basis of evaluating prior learning.

Learning outcomes and graduate attributes

Prescribed texts

Session 1

  • Greenhalgh, T, 2007, Primary health: Theory and practice.
  • Larsen, P & Lubkin, I, 2012, Chronic Illness: Impact and interventions, 8th edn, Jones & Bartlett Learning.
  • Scriven, A, 2010, Promoting Health: A practical guide, 6th edn, Elsevier, London. ISBN: 97807020 3139 7.
Prescribed texts may change in future study periods.

Teaching and assessment


Teaching method
Workshop on-site 6 hours (3 days)
Case study45%
Online Modules CCSMP40%

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