Who is a Credentialled Diabetes Educator® (CDE)?
A CDE is a health professional who has been recognised by ADEA for their specialist knowledge and professional development in the field of diabetes education. CDE is a registered trademark allowing the ADEA to define who can use it.
Recognition as a CDE is ADEA’s assurance to people with or at risk of diabetes, their families, carers and health care providers that they can expect to receive quality diabetes education and advice when consulting with a CDE.
CDE’s must demonstrate ongoing participation in professional development within the specialty of diabetes education in accordance with the ADEA Credentialling and Re-Credentialling Program to gain and maintain recognition as a CDE yearly.
Only a CDE is recognised by Medicare Australia and the Department of Veterans’ Affairs and some private health insurers as the providers of diabetes education.
What does a CDE do?
CDE’s assist people with diabetes and those at risk of developing diabetes by empowering them to effectively self-manage the care and treatment of their diabetes or prediabetes.
CDE’s work in a variety of settings including: hospitals, Community Health centers, Medical centers, Doctor’s rooms and in private practice. They can provide:
- Support and assistance for the person and their families and carers
- Education and training
- Clinical care and management
- Information and knowledge about diabetes
- Strategies and skills to adapt to life with diabetes
- Assistance with set realistic self-management goals
A CDE may be a:
- Registered Nurse (RN or Division One)
- Registered Midwife
- Accredited Practising Dietitian
- Registered Medical Practitioner
- Registered Pharmacist
- Registered Podiatrist
- Accredited Exercise Physiologist
- Registered Physiotherapist