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Diabetes and Exercise

Speciality Classification
Allied Health
Time / Duration
12 hours
Subject matter expert
Diabetes Australia
Diabetes Qualified
Endorsed By
ESSA and AUSactive

Diabetes & Exercise is a comprehensive online course for exercise professionals or any allied health professional wanting to increase their knowledge and confidence in exercise guidelines for people living with diabetes.

The course also covers exercise guidelines, precautions and considerations for musculoskeletal conditions, hypertension, dyslipidaemia, cardiovascular disease, coronary artery disease, stroke, peripheral vascular disease, retinopathy, nephropathy, peripheral neuropathy and autonomic neuropathy.

Diabetes & Exercise is endorsed by Exercise & Sports Science Australia (ESSA) and AUSactive (formally Fitness Australia) for 11 ESSA points and 10 CECs, respectively.

The course has been developed by leading Exercise Physiologists and Credentialled Diabetes Educators who work closely with people living with diabetes. This means that you will learn the latest, best-practice guidelines and knowledge to prescribe exercise that is safe and effective for your clients.

Once you have completed the Diabetes & Exercise course, you will have:

  • Best-practice knowledge to create safe and effective exercise plans to help reduce the risk and long-term complications of diabetes for your client.
  • CPD Certificate endorsed by ESSA and AUSactive, which will increase your credibility for future job opportunities and showcase your commitment to your professional development.
  • Developed best-practice communication strategies that will help you build trust and rapport with your clients, and improve your ability to facilitate behaviour change strategies.
  • The confidence to ask the right questions and know when to refer your clients to other health professionals for more individualised advice.
Certificate of completion
Interactive activities
Modules / Topics

Module 1: Introduction

  • Recognise the importance of diabetes education and why diabetes is a significant health problem in Australia.
  • Understand the link between diabetes and physical activity as a modifiable risk factor and a tool to manage diabetes.

Module 2: Exercise guidelines

  • Identify and describe the physiological effects and benefits that exercise has on chronic disease management, control and prevention.
  • Describe physical activity recommendations relating to aerobic activity, resistance training and weight loss.
  • Describe the Australian Guidelines for Physical Activity.

Module 3: Risk factors for diabetes

  • Name the modifiable and non-modifiable risk factors for developing type 2 diabetes and how to delay the onset.
  • Recall how to identify people at risk of developing type 2 diabetes.
  • Describe the AUSDRISK tool and how to use it.
  • Understand the key components of successful lifestyle modification programs in preventing diabetes.

Module 4: Understanding diabetes

  • Describe the three types of diabetes and the key signs and symptoms.
  • Describe normal glucose metabolism.
  • Discuss the prevalence, cause, prevention, presentation and management of type 1, type 2 and gestational diabetes.

Module 5: Living with diabetes

  • Describe the ways in which diabetes can be managed.
  • Recall how physical activity can prevent/delay type 2 diabetes as well as diabetes-related complications.
  • Describe the benefits of blood glucose monitoring for people living with diabetes.
  • Recall what target blood glucose levels are for type 1 and type 2 diabetes.
  • Describe hypoglycaemia and hyperglycaemia.
  • Discuss key factors that affect blood glucose levels, useful times to test blood glucose levels and what an HbA1c test is used for.
  • Describe the recommendations by the Australian Guide to Healthy Eating, including the plate model.
  • Describe the glycemic index (GI) and give examples of low and high GI foods.
  • Recall the impact alcohol has on diabetes management and weight management, and what the NHMRC low risk drinking guidelines are.
  • Recognise why a person would need medication to manage their diabetes and describe the difference between insulin and other diabetes medications.
  • Recognise why a person with or at risk of diabetes may be at risk of mental health problems such as diabetes distress (or burnout), anxiety or depression.
  • Describe the ways diabetes-related complications can be prevented.
  • Describe the tests and reviews involved in the Annual Cycle of Care.

Module 6: Diabetes and Exercise

  • Understand the benefits of aerobic, resistance and other types of physical activity for the person with diabetes.
  • Explain the relationship between blood glucose levels & different types of physical activity, specifically aerobic, resistance and High intensity interval training (HIIT).
  • List common variables affecting the blood glucose response to exercise and identify safe blood glucose ranges for exercise and detail the risks of commencing exercise outside of these ranges.
  • Outline the extra precautions that need to be considered during a pre-screening assessment for the person with diabetes.

Module 7: Acute complications and exercise

  • Describe hypoglycaemia and hyperglycaemia, who’s at risk, and signs and symptoms.
  • Describe the strategies and action and emergency plans for mild, moderate and severe hypo and hyperglycaemia.

Module 8: Hypertension, dyslipidaemia and exercise

  • Describe how hypertension and dyslipidaemia can contribute to the development of diabetes-related
  • Describe the exercise guidelines, benefits, considerations and precautions for a person with dyslipidaemia and/or
    mild, moderate or severe hypertension.

Module 9: Microvascular complications and exercise

  • Describe chronic microvascular complications for diabetes including retinopathy, nephropathy, peripheral neuropathy and autonomic neuropathy.
  • Discuss exercise guidelines, precautions and considerations for each of these chronic microvascular complications.

Module 10: Macrovascular complications and exercise

  • Describe the chronic macrovascular complications of diabetes, including; cardiovascular disease, coronary artery disease, stroke, peripheral vascular disease.
  • Discuss exercise guidelines, precautions and considerations for each of these chronic macrovascular complications.

Module 11: Musculoskeletal conditions and exercise

  • Identify the differences between osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.
  • Describe exercise guidelines and considerations for people with the following conditions to do with the hands, feet, shoulder and spine, including; diabetes cheiroarthropathy, Dupuytren’s contracture, flexor tenosynovitis, carpal tunnel syndrom, Charcot’s foot, adhesive capsulitis and diffuse idiopathic skeletal hyperostosis (DISH).

Module 12: Talking the talk

  • Describe the type of language used to engage and support people living with diabetes and how the use of positive words can foster patient-client relationships.

Module 13: Putting it into practice

  • Have a supportive conversation with a person living with or at risk of diabetes (and other complications) and create a safe and effective Exercise Plan with that person.

After completing this course, I feel more confident in my ability to prescribe exercises to
people living with diabetes. I am also more aware of the complications that can arise
and how to best manage these in a clinical environment.

- Jordan, Exercise Physiologist

This has been the most extensive and well written course I have taken.

- John, Physiotherapist
Diabetes and Exercise
Speciality Classification
Interest Areas / Topics Covered
Chronic Conditions and Disease Management, Diabetes
Provider Type
Education Provider
Time / Duration
12 hours
CPD Points
11 ESSA, 10 CEC's
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