The Australian Diabetes Educators Association (ADEA) was formed in 1981 and is the leading Australian organisation for health care professionals providing diabetes education and care. The ADEA introduced the certification trademark of the Credentialled Diabetes Educator® (CDE) in 1986. At this time, it also implemented a professional recognition and development program to support diabetes educators working towards achieving and maintaining status as a CDE.
The ADEA actively promotes evidenced-based best practice diabetes education to ensure optimal health and well being for all people affected by, and at risk of, diabetes. The ADEA considers diabetes education a specialty field of health care practice.
The ADEA accredits post graduate courses in diabetes education and management across Australia. It sets standards and develops guidelines for the practice of diabetes education. It supports diabetes educators’ delivery of quality diabetes education by offering and encouraging participation in its Credentialling and Re-Credentialling Program, a voluntary professional development and recognition program for full members. The ADEA offers professional development events and activities and accredits those developed by other organisations.
The ADEA has through the National Association of Diabetes Centres (NADC), a joint initiative between the ADEA and the Australian Diabetes Society, developed training packages in diabetes management and care particularly targeted to the needs of nurses and other health care professionals working in other specialty fields of practice or in a generalist health care setting. The ADEA also develops and provides other resources and learning opportunities in diabetes management and care for non-members.