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ACDN Recommended Education


National Diabetes Nursing Knowledge and Skills Framework 2018 (NDNKSF)

The NDNKSK National Diabetes Nursing Knowledge and Skills Framework 2018 has been developed to assist all registered nurses to demonstrate that they are adequately prepared to provide the required care and education for the person with diabetes and related co-morbidities, whatever their practice setting. To promote best practice the NDNKSF is linked to national guidelines, standards of practice and the Nursing Council of New Zealand’s competencies for registration.

The framework identifies three levels of knowledge and skills for nurses working with people living with diabetes:

  • All nurses

  • Proficient Diabetes Nurses

  • Specialist Diabetes Nurses

The framework guides our ACDN Accreditation programme

NZSSD online learning platform

Is a free education programme for healthcare professionals in Aotearoa

The aim of this programme is to assist in developing skills to work effectively with individuals and whãnau / families who live with diabetes.

The content of the programme aligns with the National Diabetes Nursing Knowledge and Skills Framework 2018 (NDNKSF), the NZ National Integrated Knowledge, Skills and Career Framework for Diabetes Dietitians (2016) and the draft Podiatry Competency Framework for Integrated Diabetic Foot Care in New Zealand. 

The enrol in the course visit the website here

To find out more about the course content visit here

NZSSD Webinars

ACDN highly recommend the NZSSD webinars which are available for NZSSD members. 

ACDN contribute to these webinars along with specialists and special interest groups. 

View the 2023 webinar calendar here or visit the NZSSD website resources & education page

Good Fellow Unit

Good Fellow Unit provide multiple education services including; Webinars, podcast, email Gems, and eLearning. We suggest keeping up to date with diabetes education that is delivered to Primary Care from Good Fellow Unit. 

Diabetes Education from Good Fellow Unit

There is a raft of education that has been provided in the past from Good Fellow Unit on Diabetes related topics, from Sick day management to Reversing Type 2 Diabetes

Review previous education here

Upcoming events & webinars

Review upcoming Good Fellow Unit events & webinars here

Good Fellow eLearning Courses:

University of Waikato Advanced Diabetes Management Course - FREE

This course was recently offered to the Midland region via University of Waikato Te Huataki Waiora, School of Health and delivered by Dr Ryan Paul. 

Stay tuned to hear about the national role out

Ara institute Diabetes Management - Level 7

Diabetes Management Level 7, 10 credit graduate paper

To find out more see the Ara Diabetes Management course here

University of Auckland Diabetes Specialty Nursing - Level 8

Nurseprac 712 Diabetes Specialty Nursing - Level 8, 30 point post graduate paper

To find out more see the University of Auckland Diabetes L8 paper here

Wintec Diabetes Care and Management - Level 7

Diabetes Care and Management - Level 7,  15 point graduate paper delivered over 12 weeks

To find out more see the Wintec L700 course here

Wintec Advanced Diabetes Nursing Practice - Level 8

Advanced Diabetes Nursing Practice Nurs807/1902  - Level 8,  30 point post-graduate paper

To find out more see the Wintec Level 8 Diabetes paper here

On Target Newsletter

We aim to provide education and reports from members 2-4 times per year with our Aotearoa College of Diabetes Newsletter - On Target. You can view old issues here

ACDN Education Policy

The Education Policy of the Aotearoa College of Diabetes Nurses (ACDN) and its associated documents, the National Diabetes Nursing Knowledge and Skills Framework (NDNKSF) 2018 have been created to support the development of a standalone specialised area of practice or part of more generalised nursing practice, such as in the primary care setting. Diabetes nursing incorporates working with patients and/or their familires/whānau to ensure they have the education and skills to self-manage their diabetes, helping them to prevent long term complications, assisting in acute situations and may also involve diabetes prevention and health promotion. Education for nurses working in diabetes is vital in contributing to the development of nursing profession as a whole (NZNO). 

Download the ACDN Health Education Policy (2018) 

Nurse practitioner (NP) / Mātanga Tapuhi Training programme

Whilst many nurses in New Zealand have completed the required preparation for a clinical Master’s degree, relatively few have progressed to NP registration. To address this situation, The University of Auckland and Massey University have been awarded funding for the Nurse Practitioner Training Programme by Health Workforce New Zealand to be continued for 2022. This training programme seeks to increase coordination between potential NPs, their employers, tertiary education providers, and New Zealand Nursing Council. The aim is to align and promote NP preparation, registration and employment into a seamless pathway.

This NP Training Programme shall include study days plus protected supervised clinical training hours, and employer confirmation that there is a job for prospective NPs at the end of the pathway. 

To find out more about the NP Training programme visit click here

Or visit the NPNZ website here for more information about preparation & training. 

IDF Education Zone

The IDF online interactive modules are aimed to ensure the best possible education in a flexible, self-paced environment that makes use of the latest learning technologies available to health professionals wherever they are in the world, so that they are equipped to provide optimal management for the estimated 415 million people living with diabetes. 

Visit the IDF online education zone

Health Mentor Online

Enter your content...Diabetes Education Programme for health care professionals (HCP’s)

This is currently offline and being reviewed.

The information on this ACDN site is aimed at Registered Nurses and Nurse Practitioners working in the field of diabetes in New Zealand and members of NZNO. As such, members of the public accessing this website who are not qualified health professionals, should be aware that any information contained here is not meant to replace your relationship with your healthcare provider(s) – please seek assistance from an appropriately qualified medical professional should you have any concerns regarding diabetes or any other health issue.