Graduate Certificate in Person-centred Diabetes Care and Education (4761)

  • Approved Abbreviation: GradCertPersCDiCarEd
  • Western Sydney University Program Code: 4761
  • AQF Level: 8

This program applies to students who commenced in Spring 2021 or later. 

Students should follow the program structure for the session start date relevant to the year they commenced.

This clinically focused program is designed for multidisciplinary clinicians who would like to specialise in diabetes clinical care and education. Underpinned by an empowerment approach to Person-centred diabetes care, students will learn about the clinical management of diabetes and how best to support and educate people with diabetes manage their condition and optimise their health. In addition to examining the aetiology, pathophysiology, clinical assessment and management of different types of diabetes, and short and long term complications, this program will explore self-management support at the system, organisational and individual level. This inter-professional program provides the opportunity for the student to learn with, about, and from other health disciplines in delivering diabetes care. The majority of this program is delivered online. However, students must attend a compulsory one week face to face clinical skills workshop (subject to COVID restrictions)  and also 40 hours of mandatory clinical practicum. This program is developed and facilitated by experts in clinical diabetes care and diabetes research.

Study Mode

One year part-time.

Program Advice

Program Advice

Prospective students should visit the following websites for general enquiries about this program.

Enquire about this program| Local Admission | International Admission |


Campus Attendance Mode Advice
Campbelltown Campus Part Time Internal See above


 The Graduate Certificate in Person-centred Diabetes Care and Education has been accredited by ADEA - Australian Diabetes Educators Association. Students who complete this program are eligible to apply to be a Credentialed Diabetes Educator® with the ADEA.

Inherent Requirements

There are inherent requirements for this program that you must meet in order to complete your program and graduate. Make sure you read and understand the requirements for this program online.

Inherent requirements for these programs in Person-centred Diabetes Care and Education are outlined in the Western Sydney University Inherent Requirements for Medicine Programs available at:

Inherent Requirements for Medicine

Work Integrated Learning

Western Sydney University seeks to enhance student learning experiences by enabling students to engage in the culture, expectations and practices of their profession or discipline.  This program includes a placement or other community-based unpaid practical experience.

There is a mandatory work component required for completion of this program.  Please contact the Program Advisor listed above for information.

There is a compulsory 40-hour clinical placement in a service that provides health care to people with diabetes with maximum learning opportunities. The clinical location/venue will have at minimum one supervising CDE/ mentor.

Forty hours of Clinical Practicum takes place during the Graduate Certificate Level during Clinical Practice in Diabetes II


Applicants for Graduate Certificate in Person-centred Diabetes Care and Education can apply through three entry pathways:

Entry Pathway 1: Health Practitioner Applicants

Applicants must have successfully completed an undergraduate degree in health or behavioural science i.e. Registered Medical Practitioner, Registered Nurse, Accredited Practising Dietitian, Registered Midwife, Registered Podiatrist, Registered Pharmacist, Accredited Exercise Physiologist, Registered Physiotherapist, Aboriginal Health Worker/Practitioner, Registered Chiropractor, Registered Psychologist, Registered Optometrist, social workers OR appropriate equivalent health professional qualification in a relevant health profession (e.g. hospital trained nurses who do not hold an undergraduate degree).


Be registered with their professions’ national regulatory body.


Have completed at least one-year full time equivalent work experience in their primary health discipline.

Entry pathway 2: Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islanders Health Worker/Health Practitioners

Must have successfully completed a Certificate IV, or higher, in Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islanders Primary Health Care for Aboriginal Health Workers.


Be registered with their professions’ national regulatory body.


Have completed at least one year full time equivalent work experience where they have had the opportunity in providing health care.

Entry Pathway 3: Non-health Practitioner Applicants

All applications must provide a Statement of Service detailing employment history.

(will be assessed on a case by case basis by course coordinators)

Evidence of extensive experience in:

A diabetes associated field such as a pharmaceutical representative of diabetes therapeutics or nutritionists


A diabetes related research, public health or policy work environment.

Evidence of extensive experience in a diabetes related research/public health/policy work environment.

If you hold overseas qualifications from countries where English is not the standard language of instruction, you must provide evidence of English language proficiency. Refer to Western Sydney’s English language proficiency requirements on UAC’s website. For this course a minimum IELTS Overall Band score 7.0 is required.

Applications from Australian and New Zealand citizens and holders of permanent resident visas must be made via the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC).  Use the links below to apply via UAC or Western Sydney University.  Applications made directly to Western Sydney do not have an application fee.

Applicants who have undertaken studies overseas may have to provide proof of proficiency in English. Local and International applicants who are applying through the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC) will find details of minimum English proficiency requirements and acceptable proof on the UAC website. Local applicants applying directly to the University should also use the information provided on the UAC website.

Overseas qualifications must be deemed by the Australian Education International - National Office of Overseas Skills Recognition (AEI-NOOSR) to be equivalent to Australian qualifications in order to be considered by UAC and Western Sydney University.

Applicants seeking admission on the basis of work experience must support their application with a Statement of Service for all work experience listed on the application. 

Statement of Service form

Special Requirements

To be eligible to enrol in a subject and attend a health-related placement in this program, students must meet Western Sydney University program requirements AND Special Legislative Requirements in your state, to enrol in some subjects. Please check with your Program coordinator to determine your requirements.

You may be expected to provide evidence of:

1. National Criminal History Check: Students must have a current check valid for their entire course. A valid National Criminal history check must be an Australia wide check, include the student's full name matching their Student ID card and date of birth and not have any offences listed. If a student has a criminal history identified on their check, they must provide a clearance or authority document or conditional letter from their relevant authorised state organisation. International students must additionally have a translated International Police Check or statutory declaration.

2. A Working with Children Check (WWCC) clearance letter or state equivalent, valid for their entire course.

3. A current approved first aid certificate valid for their entire course, approved provider courses can be found at

4. A completed vaccination/immunisation card with all serology results attached - currency must be maintained by the student to ensure compliance for their entire program.

5. Undertaking/Declaration form (or state equivalent documents)

6. Additional forms as required per state related to, but not limited to, Tuberculosis Assessment tool, Hepatitis B statutory declaration form, Signed Code of Conduct, Student Deed Poll and all other state equivalent documents as required. Contact your school for further details. Resources are also available on the Placement Hub web page

7. Relevant Local Health District specific documentation as requested. Contact your School for further details. Resources are also available on the Placement Hub website:

Some external sites may have additional requirements. Students will be advised of any such specified requirements which must be complied with before commencing clinical placements.

Program Structure

Qualification for this award requires the successful completion of 40 credit points which includes the subjects listed below.

Recommended Sequence


Plan of Study Grid
Year 1
Spring sessionCredit Points
MEDI 7039 Clinical Practice in Diabetes 1 10
MEDI 7041 Diabetes Self-Management Support 1: Individuals 10
 Credit Points20
Autumn session
MEDI 7040 Clinical Practice in Diabetes 2 10
MEDI 7042 Diabetes Self-Management Support II: Systems and Organisations 10
 Credit Points20
 Total Credit Points40