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National Diabetes Nursing Education Framework

The aim of this new framework is to guide the development of a skilled nursing workforce that is capable of providing a high standard of diabetes care.

The framework has three parts.

  • Part One describes four nursing practice levels in diabetes care: foundation, proficient, specialist and expert. There is also a pathway for nurses who want to build their competence and specialisation in diabetes.
  • Part Two outlines diabetes care and management competencies at each nursing practice level.
  • Part Three contains knowledge and skill statements listed under different aspects of diabetes care. Developing your knowledge and skills will help you to achieve the competencies listed in Part Two.

The framework is:

  • for all nurses, and it covers all types of diabetes across different ages and stages of life
  • a flexible and adaptable tool that promotes lifelong learning and can support the nursing profession to advance in the field of diabetes care and education with a long-term goal of improved community health outcomes.

Information sheets

Implementing the National Diabetes Nursing Education Framework

This information sheet provides guidance to nurses about the National Diabetes Nursing Education Framework, including implementation suggestions and assessment information.

Information for nurses

This information sheet is for nurses working with people who have diabetes.

Information for people living with diabetes

This information sheet is for people living with diabetes. It describes the National Diabetes Nursing Education Framework that has been created to increase nurses’ knowledge and skills in relation to diabetes. This will—in turn—help you with your diabetes.

Learning modules

A series of 15 learning modules support the Framework—helping nurses gain the foundation level knowledge identified in part 3 of the framework. The modules are endorsed by the Australian Diabetes Educators Association for CPD hours.

Available modules:

  • Diabetes pathophysiology, prevention, screening and diagnosis
  • Blood glucose and ketone monitoring
  • Hypoglycaemia
  • Hyperglycaemia
  • Oral glucose-lowering medications
  • Injectable diabetes medications
  • Diabetes-related macrovascular conditions
  • Diabetes-related microvascular conditions
  • Lifestyle factors
  • Pregnancy and diabetes
  • Bariatric-metabolic surgery
  • Diabetes in children and young people
  • Supporting diabetes self-management
  • Diabetes management in hospital
  • Cultural safety.

National Diabetes Nursing Education Framework: learning workbook

This workbook forms part of the learning package developed to support the National Diabetes Nursing Education Framework. It is designed for those who are unable to access the associated online learning modules (available above) or who prefer workbook-style learning.

How to use this workbook

There are six modules in this workbook. At the beginning of each module, there is an overview of the learning outcomes. At the end of each module, there are several multiple-choice questions to assess knowledge. Throughout the modules, there are links to recommended reading or short videos to watch to further the participants’ knowledge and understanding. There are opportunities to reflect on the participants’ responses to the information and to consider how they might apply their learning to their own practice and/or workplace. Case studies and workplace activities are incorporated throughout the course to provide opportunities for participants to achieve a deeper understanding of the information within a clinical context. Participants are encouraged to complete these activities in writing, to discuss answers with a supervisor or mentor and add to or correct responses, and to consider how to apply the learnings to their work with people living with diabetes.

Further information

If you require further information about this resource, please contact the Australian Diabetes Educators Association on 02 6287 4822.