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A CDEs involvement in the national diabetes taskforce

The Australian Diabetes Educator Association (ADEA) congratulates the government’s commitment and persistence in tackling the nation’s most serious chronic disease.

ADEA fully supports this national approach and also congratulates Ms Judi Moylan and Professor Paul Zimmett on their appointment as Co-chairs of the Taskforce.

The Taskforce membership will be important in achieving its objectives and ADEA believes that a Credentialled Diabetes Educator (CDE) should  be part of this membership.  As ADEA has a multidisciplinary membership that includes nurses and allied health professionals and this diversity should also be reflected in the membership.

CDEs are health practitioners qualified to provide people with diabetes with consistently high quality diabetes education and care in accordance with the National Standards of Practice for Diabetes Educators. CDEs promote quality in the professional practice of diabetes education and outlines the nationally acceptable level of practice for diabetes educators in Australia.

Recent research conducted by the ADEA links the involvement of a CDE in the diabetes care team to a “win-win” situation both for people with diabetes and other healthcare professionals.

CDEs empower patients’ with confidence in self-management skills and enable them to take responsibility and be more confident in dealing with day-to-day diabetes self-management. They can provide ongoing education and support to patients and adapt a client-centred approach to develop a partnership with patients so that they can manage their condition more effectively.

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Media contact: Dr Joanne Ramadge

CEO, Australian Diabetes Educators Association

P. 02 6173 1002  |  M. 0402 894 300  |  E. Joanne.Ramadge@adea.com.au

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