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ADEA is Australia’s peak professional association representing diabetes educators and other health care professionals providing service to people with, or at risk of diabetes, and their families. Our aim is to promote evidenced-based best practice diabetes education and to contribute to equitable access to quality diabetes education and care. Our products and publications assist us achieving this aim.

ADEA develops guidelines for the practice of diabetes education, sets standards for diabetes educators and publishes position statement related to diabetes care.

Title and link Description Important dates
Standards of practice
ADEA Code of Conduct Provides diabetes educators with an ethical framework for their practice. Sets out the appropriate behavior expected of diabetes educators and other ADEA members. Defines a set a professional standards and moral values that is congruent with the role of the diabetes educator. Published  2001. Last reviewed 2014. For review 2018.
National Competencies for Credentialled Diabetes Educators Provides a reference and a framework for guiding policy on the training, mentoring and continuing professional development for credentialed diabetes educators. Published  2008. Last reviewed 2017.

Next review 2020.

National Standards for Diabetes Education Programs This document provides minimum standards for development and facilitation of diabetes education programs. Currently under review.
National Standards of Practice for Credentialled Diabetes Educators One of the strategies developed by ADEA to promote a quality professional diabetes education practice. Currently under review.
Role and Scope of Practice for Credentialled Diabetes Educators in Australia Reflects the position of their unique and integral role in enabling people with diabetes manage their condition and as part of the multidisciplinary diabetes care team. This document is revised in 2015. Published 2007. Last reviewed 2015.

For review 2018.

Guidelines/Guiding principles
Clinical Guiding Principles for Sick Day Management of Adults with Type 1 and Type 2 Diabetes Promote best practice in diabetes education for all health professionals including Endocrinologists, General Practitioners, diabetes educators, Dietitians and Pharmacist

Published 2006. Last reviewed 2016.

For review 2018.

Clinical Guiding Principles for Subcutaneous Injection Technique
Injection Technique Checklist
The ADEA Clinical Guiding Principles for Subcutaneous Injection Technique provide an evidence base for the injection of SC diabetes medicines for health care professionals involved in the administration and teaching of SCIT for diabetes therapies in various clinical settings. They include information about the principles of SCIT, education of individuals in safe and accurate injection technique (IT), evaluation of IT, and specific issues for health care settings and carers. Published 2011. Last reviewed 2017.

For review 2019.

Guidelines for the Management and Care of Diabetes in the Elderly Full version   Summary version Focuses on the ‘healthy’ person over 65 years of age. Provides readily accessible information about diabetes prevention, diagnosis, treatment and long term management option for elderly people at risk of or living with diabetes. Published 2003



Guiding Principles for Managing Insulin Therapy in Ambulatory Care Settings – Interim document Quality use of Medicines (QUM) is an important Australian initiative, consequently, The Guiding Principles for Managing Insulin in Ambulatory Care Setting was developed to serve as the conceptual framework for the review of the Standards and as a guide to ambulatory insulin stabilisation in conjunction with the Standards.The Guiding Principles was developed to promote the quality use of insulin to achieve a safe initiation of insulin therapy and optimal blood glucose control in the ambulatory care settings. It is recommended that the Guiding Principles be read in conjunction with the Standards. Published 2004. Last reviewed 2012.

For review 2018.

Initiating Insulin Therapy in Ambulatory Care Settings Standards – Interim document The Initiating Insulin Therapy in Ambulatory Care Settings Standards address outcomes, process and structure of programs for insulin initiation in the ambulatory setting and are intended to assist a planned intervention, increase consistency of practice and to promote the understanding of roles within interdisciplinary teams. Published 2004. Last reviewed 2012.

For review 2018.

Consulting a Credentialled Diabetes Educator (CDE) or a diabetes educator. What is the difference? Pamphlet for CDEs to publicise their status and role with clients and other health professionals.


Published 2016.

For review 2019.

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Guidelines Endorsed by ADEA