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Learn how to manage your diabetes through Curtin’s new MOOC

Media release

People with diabetes will have the opportunity to learn how to manage the complex condition through Curtin’s latest Massive Open Online Course (MOOC), Life with Diabetes.

The MOOC will cover a set of five modules focusing on the different types of diabetes, who is at risk of developing diabetes and how each type of diabetes is treated.

Curtin University School of Public Health lecturer Ms Patricia Marshall said the MOOC was designed to help those with diabetes confidently manage their condition.

“We know that living with diabetes can be tiring and frustrating for both the person affected and the whole family, with statistics showing diabetics are twice as likely to develop depression compared to those without diabetes,” Ms Marshall said.

“The Life with Diabetes MOOC covers a range of topics including recommended food choices and eating habits, the benefits of physical activity and how to manage stress.

“Participating in these types of online learning courses is a great alternative for anyone around the world to learn important information about diabetes.”

The MOOC also contains critical information about how to manage medications, which devices can be used to deliver insulin, how to manage your mental and physical health, and also gives advice on preparing for pregnancy. Health professionals may also find it an interesting source of information and resources.

Throughout each module, participants will meet people with diabetes who will share their own experiences, and how they have managed the condition.

Curtin University Deputy Vice-Chancellor Academic Professor Jill Downie said online learning offered an innovative way to help people learn about important health issues that can affect your everyday life.

“Given the prevalence of diabetes continues to increase all over the world, it is very important that we provide these valuable MOOCs to not only help students and medical professionals, but also members of the general public living with this condition,” Professor Downie said.

Participants can enrol now for Life with Diabetes and the course commences on Monday 4 September 2017.