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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. 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.

ADEA actively promotes evidence-based best practice diabetes education to ensure optimal health and well-being for all people affected by, and at risk of, diabetes. ADEA considers diabetes education a specialty field of health care practice.

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. ADEA offers professional development events and activities and endorses those developed by other organisations.

ADEA is a learning organisation and is future-oriented and seeks opportunities to improve its governance, operations and bring to bear technologies to support best practice for all staff. ADEA strives to support its membership and be responsive to members. In promoting the role of the CDE, ADEA advocates on their behalf to government and the community.

ADEA is now taking on a role in diabetes education research, to strengthen the research culture of its members and to work collaboratively with other like-minded organisations. In addition, ADEA is looking to develop networks and collaborations in Asia and the Pacific.