Tools & eLearning

Here you can find useful information and resources available to healthcare professionals that provide guidance on how people can live well with diabetes and enable you to keep up-to-date with new and emerging technologies.

Diabetes Australia produces a number of Diabetes Information Resources available to health professionals and the general public including a selection of:

You can also access these resources via the Publications section.

Some resources are developed through funding from the National Diabetes Services Scheme (NDSS) – an initiative of the Australian Government administered with the assistance of Diabetes Australia are available of the NDSS website.

Type 2 Diabetes Risk Calculator

Diabetes Australia has developed a Risk Calculator for type 2 diabetes based on the AUSDRISK tool. The risk calculator is a short list of questions to help both health professionals and consumers to assess the risk of developing type 2 diabetes over the next five years.

The risk calculator can be completed by the patient or with the assistance of a health professional or practice staff. Patients aged 40 – 49 years with a 'high' score result from the risk calculator are eligible to attend a type 2 diabetes risk evaluation (MBS Item 713) by their GP. The tool is available in two formats:

Diabetes Map

The Australian Diabetes Map is the only national map monitoring the prevalence of diabetes in Australia.

The data contained in the Australian Diabetes Map is derived from the National Diabetes Services Scheme (NDSS) Registrant database and the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) and shows people diagnosed with diabetes that are registered on the Scheme.

The Map uses geo-spatial mapping technology to present population data about Australians diagnosed with diabetes. The map reflects diabetes prevalence rates at a national, federal, state electorate, local government, primary health network, and postcode level based on NDSS data and ABS 2012-2101 population projections.

It shows the numbers of people diagnosed with diabetes in all parts of Australia with information on age, gender, type of diabetes, ATSI status and socio-economic disadvantage.

The Australian Diabetes Map is a dynamic reference tool for the whole community, our healthcare professionals, policy makers and researchers to help bring a better understanding of diabetes.

Visit the Australian Diabetes Map

Please provide your feedback on the map:

Online Learning

In this section there are some of the online learning resources available to healthcare professionals from some other organisations that Diabetes Australia partners with.

Diabetes Qualified eLearning Courses

Diabetes Qualified is a registered training organisation and subsidiary of Diabetes NSW & ACT. They provide online diabetes courses, resources and information for health professionals and health care workers.

Courses have been designed for those who would like to update or increase their diabetes and diabetes management knowledge, and improve their ability to support the person living with diabetes.

Diabetes Essentials eLearning course for any health professional who would like to increase their technical diabetes knowledge and learn more about the pathophysiology of diabetes. 12 CPD hours endorsed by ACN.

Diabetes in Practice for Nurses eLearning course for Nurses wanting to update their diabetes knowledge and improve their health literacy to better support people living with diabetes. 12 CPD hours endorsed by APNA.

Diabetes in Practice for Podiatrists eLearning course for Podiatrists wanting to update their knowledge on diabetes and its management, 6 CPD hours

Diabetes in Practice for Pharmacists eLearning course for Pharmacists to improve their health service delivery within pharmacy practice settings. Developed in conjunction with the Pharmaceutical Society of Australia. CPD endorsed by PSA.

Practical Diabetes for Aged Care Workers Short (2 hour) eLearning course for Aged Care Workers, assistants in Nursing and anyone supporting the elderly. Improve their ability to support the person living with diabetes and have a meaningful conversation.

Practical Diabetes for Support Workers Short (2 hour) eLearning course for Support Workers and anyone caring for people living with diabetes. Improve their ability to support the person living with diabetes and have a meaningful conversation.

Beat It Trainer An evidence-based program for exercise physiologists designed to provide the skills necessary to deliver safe and effective group-based physical activity and lifestyle programs. 18 CPD from ESSA and 20 CEC’s from Fitness Australia.

IDF Free Online Course

The International Diabetes Federation have developed a free online course on diabetes for health professionals. It takes approximately 60 minutes to complete and finishes with an assessment to test your knowledge.

Register and invite your colleagues on D-NET.

Diabetes Eye Health: A Guide for Health Professionals

The International Diabetes Federation and the Fred Hollows Foundation have developed a guide that encourages and facilitates good diabetes management, early diagnosis and treatment of diabetic eye disease, as well encouraging integration and cooperation across the health system. The Guide and Powerpoint presentation are available on the IDF website.

Diabetes Management in a Primary Care Setting

APNA is the peak professional body for nurses working in primary health care including general practice. With over 3000 members, APNA provide primary health care nurses with a voice, access to quality continuing professional development, educational resources, support and networking opportunities. APNA continually strives to increase awareness of the role of the primary health care nurse, and to be a dynamic and vibrant organisation for its members.

Primary health care nursing is wide ranging and covers many specialist areas including aged care, occupational health and safety, telephone triage, palliative care, sexual health, drug and alcohol issues, women’s health, men’s health, infection control, chronic disease management, cardiovascular care, immunisation, cancer, asthma, COPD, mental health, maternal and child health, health promotion, care plans, population health, diabetes, wound management and much more.

APNA has developed in conjunction with ADEA the ‘Diabetes Management in a Primary Care Setting’ online learning course for Primary Health Care Nurses.

This course has been designed for those who have identified a need to update or increase their diabetes and diabetes management knowledge. Unit 1 will provide nurses with a basic understanding of the disease and its impact on the individual and the broader community. This unit will provide the minimum diabetes specific knowledge needed to support provision of quality care to the person with diabetes and their families and carers.

This project was funded by an educational grant from MSD to support improved health outcomes for people with diabetes.

Diabetes Management in the Primary Care Setting Unit 1 - Introduction to Diabetes

Unit 1 contains 7 Modules plus assessment. Each Module should take around 2 hours to complete.

Total: 16 CPD hours

“Diabetes Academy: What’s new in Diabetes?” Online CPD Course

The Mobile Learning Unit at The University of Melbourne has developed an interactive CPD accredited course focused on the important recent changes and best practice principles in diabetes management.

Learning outcomes of this course includes: 1. Understand and discuss the indications and benefits of novel medications in diabetes management including GLP1 analogues, SGLT2 inhibitors, DPPIV inhibitors. 2. In-depth knowledge and practical understanding of novel technologies in diabetes including insulin pumps and continuous glucose monitoring. 3. Describe the current guidelines and management of diabetes in pregnancy. 4. Develop a framework for the management of hypertension and dyslipidemia in diabetes.

The online learning course is accredited by following organisation:

  1. Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine (ACRRM): 30 PRPD points.
  2. Australian Diabetes Educators Association (ADEA): 12 CPD points.
  3. Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP): Category 1 (40 points) QI&CPD.

You can contact the Mobile Learning Unit at for a free sample of this course.

Insulin Pump Therapy

The My Learning portal, which has been produced by Medtronic Diabetes, allows access to free online learning modules designed to help enhance knowledge of insulin pump therapy.

The portal is available to any healthcare professional involved in the care of those living with diabetes, including Endocrinologists, General Practitioners, Certified Product Trainers, Diabetes Educators, Nurses and Dietitians

Diabetes Australia's Healthcare Professional Magazine

The Diabetes Management Journal is a peer-reviewed publication of Diabetes Australia. The national magazine is sent to The Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP) members, endocrinologists and health professionals. If you are interested in receiving the magazine, please contact your state or territory organisation.

NDSS National Development Programs

The National Development Programs were introduced in 2011 to explore opportunities for the development of information, resources or services to address areas of need. This included the adoption of a long term and nationally consistent strategic approach in the development of activities. This will strengthen the NDSS, community and workforce capacity to support people with diabetes in their self-management.

Activities undertaken in the National Development Programs go through a review process and approved activities are rolled out nationally as Registrant Support Services. When rolled out, these activities will offer cost-effective long term benefits to people registered with the NDSS.

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