Diabetes is Asia’s ‘Silent Killer’ and more than a third of adults above the age of 30 in Malaysia would have developed diabetes by 2020. People with diabetes need to manage their disease and this affects many aspects of their daily life – healthy eating, physical activity, monitoring of blood sugars, taking medication and reducing risk of diabetes related complications. In order to help patients manage diabetes better, healthcare professionals specialise as diabetes educators. Diabetes educators may be from quite different clinical disciplines: Registered Nurses, Assistant Medical Officers, Dietitians, Podiatrists, Pharmacists, Doctors, Clinical Psychologists or Physiotherapists. In Malaysia, there is a low ratio of diabetes educators to people with diabetes because training opportunities are insufficient with a lack of training centres that offer diabetes educator training at the degree level.
The IMU Diabetes Management and Education programme provides training at the postgraduate diploma level to healthcare providers who provide diabetes care. This programme is the highest qualification of its kind in this region and modelled against international curriculum. This programme is unique in that it has a flexible curriculum designed to fit into the working adult lifestyle. Students can choose to complete all 6 modules of the programme, within 1 year as a full-time student or within a maximum period of 3 years as a part-time student.
Students of this programme will be taught competencies to grow a career for the future diabetes care workplace. The competencies imparted in this programme include skills to provide personalised education, support and solutions for people with diabetes and their caregivers. The graduates of this programme will also be able to help the community they engage with through the coordination and advocacy of diabetes care. This programme also equips its graduates with the ability to independently seek new knowledge and skills to continuously improve diabetes care delivery.
Teaching and learning is delivered and supervised by highly qualified and experienced local and international specialists from the multidisciplinary areas of diabetes care, and extends beyond the provision of education to include theory, research, and the educator role into professional practice to generate individualised self-management solutions for people with diabetes.
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