Unit description

Applies knowledge of primary health and chronic disease management to the role of the Diabetes Educator within the primary healthcare team. Students identify the issues associated with chronic disease within the community, and demonstrate advanced knowledge of co morbidities, referral procedures, and scope of practice of the diabetes educator and other team members within the primary healthcare team including Dietitians, Optometrists, Podiatrists, Exercise Physiologists, and Psychologists.

Unit content

Topic 1: Principles of primary health and health promotion
Topic 2: Communication and teamwork in primary health
Topic 3: Implementation of research outcomes into health systems.
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 and its impact on individuals and families.
Topic 8: Government strategies, research and funding.
Topic 9: Complication screening, the role of other allied health providers.
Topic 10: Medical nutrition therapy.

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

  • No prescribed texts.
Prescribed texts may change in future study periods.

Teaching and assessment


Teaching method
Workshop on-site 7 hours (3 days)
Case study55%
Critical review45%

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Fee information


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Commencing 2015 Commonwealth Supported only. Student contribution band: 2

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