What is a certified diabetes educator (CDE)?
A certified diabetes educator (CDE) is a health professional that has studied diabetes education and care at the post graduate level and meets the professional requirements of the Australian Diabetes Education Association (ADEA). They work in partnership with GP’s, other members of the healthcare team and people with diabetes to achieve mutually agreed management goals.
Ongoing credentialing status is re-applied for every year.
A CDE is a provider of diabetes education recognized by Medicare and the Department of Veteran Affairs.
Who Can Be referred to a certified diabetes educator (CDE)?
- Newly diagnosed patients with diabetes.
- Existing patients with sub-optimal control and or risk factors for developing diabetes complications.
- Patient’s commencing insulin therapy.
- Pregnancy (Gestational Diabetes) or when pregnancy is being contemplated in pre-existing Type 1or Type 2 diabetics.
- Patients lacking self-care knowledge.
- Patients wanting updated information to assist them in managing their diabetes.
- Patients with diabetes who have a GP Management Plan can access up to 5 visits to a CDE with an EPC referral. (See Chronic Disease Management Plans).