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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.

Further information

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