The Diabetes Management and Education specialisation is offered by the College of Nursing and Health Sciences and is completed as part of the Master of Nursing (Coursework and Specialisation).
This is to be read in conjunction with the course rule for the Master of Nursing (Coursework and Specialisation).
Applicants must normally hold an approved degree or equivalent qualification, must be registered nurses and must have a minimum of one year post-registration practice experience.
However, the Dean (Education) may, under certain circumstances and subject to specific conditions, admit others who can show evidence of fitness for candidature.
This specialisation involves a Professional Experience Placement (PEP). Please check additional requirements on the PEP web pages.
The specialisation aims to
- facilitate development of specialised knowledge, skills and attributes for application in diabetes management and educational environments
- extend student knowledge in research for practice development
In addition to the Learning Outcomes of the Master of Nursing (Coursework and Specialisation), on completion of this course, students in the Diabetes Management and Education specialisation will be able to:
- examine the complexity of Primary Health Care issues related to diabetes management and education
- critically analyse evidence for the provision of education and management to clients with or at risk of diabetes across the lifespan
- implement the knowledge and skills required to effectively educate and manage clients with or at risk of diabetes across the lifespan
- demonstrate professional entry level competence against the Australian Diabetes Educators Association National Core Competencies.
Program of study
Students choosing this specialisation undertake an 18 unit specialisation, 27 units of coursework and 9 units of option topics.
To qualify for the Master of Nursing (Coursework and Specialisation) with Diabetes Management and Education specialisation, a student must complete 54 units with a grade of Pass or NGP or better in each topic, according to the program of study set out below.
Except with permission of the Dean (Education):
- no topic may be attempted more than twice;
- a student may not include a topic which repeats work previously undertaken;
The award of a grade of Fail (F) in the same topic on more than one occasion or in 9 units or more, or failure to complete the course within eight consecutive semesters may constitute prima facie evidence of unsatisfactory progress for the purpose of the University's Policy on Student Progress.
Not all elective topics will be available in any given year or semester.
Specialisation - Diabetes Management and Education - Core topics
18 units comprising:
NURS8730 Diabetes Management (4.5 units)
NURS8731 Diabetes Health Promotion (4.5 units)
NURS8732 Diabetes Practicum (4.5 units)
NURS8733 Psychosocial Aspects of Diabetes Management (4.5 units)
Core - Coursework topics
plus 27 units comprising:
NURS9123 Epidemiology and Population Studies for Health Care Practice (4.5 units)
NURS9124 Advanced Thinking, Communicating and Problem Solving for Health Professionals (4.5 units)
NURS9126 Leadership in Health Studies (4.5 units)
NURS9219 Introduction to Research (4.5 units)
NURS9222 Advancing Research Knowledge to Inform Healthcare Practice (9 unit)
Option - Year 1 & 2 topics
plus 9 units selected from:
NURS8721 Community and Primary Health Care Nursing (4.5 units)
NURS8821 Health Maintenance for Infants, Children and Young People (4.5 units)
NURS8824 Introduction to Working with Infants, Children and Families (4.5 units)
NURS9708 Social Context of Health and Ageing (4.5 units)
NURS9710 The Three Ds -Dementia, Delirium and Depression (4.5 units)
In consultation with the Course Coordinator, students may select as their option topic(s) other postgraduate topics offered by the College of Nursing and Health Sciences, excluding Professional Experience Placement (PEP) topics.