Our Credentialled Diabetes Educators (CDEs) have been providing individualised, comprehensive education and support to people and their families with Type 1, Type 2 and Gestational diabetes, as well as those at risk of developing diabetes since 2007. No matter what age you are, we are here to help you understand your condition, learn valuable self-management strategies and to live well with diabetes every day.

Our staff are Registered Nurses (RNs) who have completed further studies in Diabetes Education and have achieved Credentialling status through the
Australian Diabetes Educators Association (ADEA). CDEs have demonstrated experience and expertise in diabetes education and a commitment to professional development and ongoing learning.

Recognition as a CDE provides assurance to people with or at risk of diabetes, their families, carers and other health care providers that they can expect to receive quality diabetes education and advice.

Our Staff

As Credentialled Diabetes Educators (CDEs) we pride ourselves as members of the Australian Diabetes Educators Association (ADEA)

Fran Brown RN CDE

Fran Brown is a Credentialled Diabetes Educator who completed her Registered Nurse training in 1988. Fran has completed studies in Health Program Evaluation and Health Promotion and Education, together with a Certificate in Diabetes Education. She is currently studying her Master of Nursing (Nurse Practitioner) which will enable her to provide advanced care to her patients. Since 1994 she has been providing individualised diabetes education to patients and their families. Fran has been working solely in private practice since 2007 and works as a Consultant at Warringal Private Hospital with patients commencing insulin pump therapy.
Fran has a special interest in diabetes technology and is a certified trainer in insulin pump therapy and continuous glucose monitoring systems. She enjoys working with people of all ages to help them understand and manage their condition and to live well with diabetes every day.
Fran was awarded Victorian CDE of the Year 2020! This is an award she is extremely proud of, as it represents her care and passion for her role as a Diabetes Educator.

Dawn Pescod RN CDE

Dawn Pescod, RN CDE has been a credentialled diabetes educator since 2008 and joined Fran in 2016. Dawn’s background is in critical care and her excellent clinical skills are well regarded by patients and colleagues alike.

Dawn is highly skilled in all aspects of diabetes care, from those newly diagnosed to those with complex needs including women with gestational diabetes requiring insulin throughout their pregnancy. She has a special interest in diabetes technology and works as a lead educator at diabetes camps.
Dawn is currently studying her Master of Nursing (Nurse Practitioner) which will extend her scope of practice and consolidates her advanced level of care.

Ash Franklin RN CDE

Ash Franklin is a credentialled diabetes educator who completed her RN training in 2009. Ash completed her Certificate in Diabetes Education in 2012 and became credentialled in 2014.
Ash has worked at Austin Health as a nurse since 2010 and started working in the Diabetes Education team at Austin Health in 2013. Prior to this, she worked as a surgical nurse.
Ash is married, has two children and one of her biggest achievements in life was trekking to Everest base camp in 2016. Ash has a special interest in technology and is a certified trainer in insulin pumps and continuous glucose monitoring. She has a passion for helping people manage their diabetes, enjoys working with people of all ages and all types of diabetes.

Who is a Credentialled
Diabetes Educator (CDE)?

The Credentialled Diabetes Educator® (CDE) is a registered trademark allowing the Australian Diabetes Educators Association (ADEA) to define the conditions under which the term is used. The ADEA grants status as a Credentialled Diabetes Educator (CDE) in recognition of demonstrated experience and expertise in diabetes education and commitment to professional development and ongoing learning that meet the ADEA’s expected standards. Recognition as a CDE is ADEA’s assurance to people with or at risk of diabetes, their families, carers and health care providers that they can expect to receive quality diabetes education and advice when consulting a CDE.

The ADEA recommends the CDE as the appropriately qualified provider of diabetes education. Credentialled Diabetes Educators are also the recognised by Medicare Australia and the Department of Veterans’ Affairs as well as by private health insurers as the providers of diabetes education.

Credentialled Diabetes Educators already hold a professional health care qualification and have completed a post graduate certificate in diabetes education and care that has been accredited by the ADEA. Before gaining recognition as a CDE, they must complete a set minimum of clinical practice in diabetes education, participate in a mentoring partnership registered with the ADEA and have a referee report addressing the criteria of the National Core Competencies for Credentialled Diabetes Educators.

Credentialled Diabetes Educators must demonstrate ongoing participation in professional development within the specialty of diabetes education in accordance with the ADEA Credentialling and Re-Credentialling Program to gain and maintain recognition as a CDE. All CDEs must apply to the ADEA to retain their CDE status every year.