Waikato Institute of Technology: Diabetes Care and Management


Waikato Institute of Technology (Wintec), one of New Zealand’s leading institutes of technology, helps drive the development of a skilled workforce not only in New Zealand, but around the world.

Being a modern institute of technology, Wintec has a reputation for providing quality education. Graduates are work-ready and in-demand by employers.

To ensure Wintec meets the needs of the job market, the institute works closely with employers, industry and community organisations to understand and respond to the skills which are required. Through graduates, students and staff, Wintec contributes positively to the regional and national economy, and continues to play a role in its on-going prosperity. The institute is part of a national network of major institutes of technology and polytechnics (ITPs).

Students come from around New Zealand, and the world. Wintec is globally-connected through partnerships with international institutions and many of our programmes are delivered off-shore. We are committed to internationalisation.

Wintec’s Centre for Health and Social Practice provides inter-professional learning, the teaching, research and external engagement opportunities results in innovative, leading edge position for Wintec in regard to the interface between education and health sectors. Wintec works in partnership with The Waikato Diabetes Service to provide formal programmes of education for nurses working with people with diabetes.

The Waikato Regional Diabetes Service is a specialist unit of the Waikato District Health Board. There are currently approximately 19,000 people with diabetes in this region which is a geographically large rural area surrounding Hamilton city. The Diabetes Service provides care and management at a secondary care level, Type 1 diabetes, pregnancy, specialist podiatry, Inpatient services at Waikato Hospital. In addition service supports primary care / general Practice with Nurse Specialists to mentor / coach staff as well as providing expert consultations for patients throughout the region. 


Course description 

Title: Diabetes Care and Management

Programme duration

12 Weeks 


This programme designed and delivered in partnership with the Waikato Diabetes Service to enable health professionals who provide regular care to people at risk of or with diabetes to develop their professional practice and contribute to the attainment of competent practice as a generalist diabetes health professional.

Course outline

Upon successful completion of this programme the registered health professionals will be able to:

1. Interpret and integrate professional guidelines and protocols, legal and ethical responsibilities and cultural safety into their own practice.

• Integrate national and organisational guidelines and protocols to inform and guide best practice • Identify and analyse the epidemiology of diabetes

• Analyse the social, economic, political and environmental determinants of health • Identify and explore legal and ethical responsibilities to ensure safe practice

• Identify and analyse Treaty of Waitangi obligations.

• Delegate and provide direction, monitoring and evaluation of care which is provided by others e.g. health care assistants, student, enrolled nurses or unregulated health workers

• Develop reflective and reflexive practices within the process of mentorship.

2. Use an objective approach to management of care.

• Systematically conduct an holistic assessment and interpret findings in partnership with clients and their families/whanau in relation to evidence-based practice

• Utilise critical thinking and inquiry processes for effective and prudent clinical practice that recognises the appropriate continuing care and management plan, evaluation and referral processes

• Use knowledge of pathophysiology to interpret diagnostic data in the context of the clients situation

• In collaboration with the client evaluate client’s progress towards expected health outcomes alongside principles of self management

• Reflect on own contribution to client health outcomes and organisational aims

• Develop an increased understanding of health education and health promotion philosophical approaches.

3. Construct effective interpersonal and therapeutic communication within their professional practice

• Demonstrate health promoting relational practice with client and their family/whanau, enabling sensitive interpretations of their lived experience of diabetes

• Critically analyse the cultural context of health and interpret client experiences of living with diabetes and innovative professional practice

• Ensure the client has adequate explanation of the effects, consequences and alternatives of proposed treatment options and appropriate services

4. Practice the evaluation of the effectiveness of care, in a multidisciplinary environment

• Critically evaluate their therapeutic skills and strategies for professional practice

• Evaluate strategies and resources to achieve quality and cost effective health outcomes

• Identify strategies that enable curiosity, collaboration and debate within health teams

Qualification gained on successful completion of the course

Certificate in Diabetes care and Management. New Zealand Qualification Authority (level 7)

Eligibility criteria 

Registered health practitioner

Additional activities 

The programme, informed by the New Zealand National Diabetes Nursing Knowledge and Skills Frame¬work (2009), provides the health professional with an increased blend of knowledge and skills required to competently and confidently plan care for a person with diabetes / cardiovascular disease and provide regular care to people at risk of, or those who experience, diabetes. Health professionals will develop critical thinking through the exploration of problem-based learning, evidenced-based theory, and reflective and reflexive practice perspectives.

Snell, H. (2009). National diabetes nursing knowledge and skills framework. Palmerston North: Midcentral District Health Board. 

Contact us

Link to the website http://www.wintec.ac.nz/courses/short/SitePages/diabetes-care-and-management.aspx

Centre for Health and Social Practice,

Tristram Street, Private Bag 3036,

Waikato Mail Centre,

Hamilton 3240

New Zealand.

+64 7834 8800 ext 8459

Project coordination: Helen Nielsen ([email protected]) and Susan Ryan ([email protected])