The Postgraduate Certificate in Diabetes Eye Care (PGCDEC) is designed for those who have completed Form 7 or higher with a minimum of 1 year work experience in eye care, general health or diabetes care who would like to specialise in diabetes eye care.

The PGCDEC produces a health professional with competencies enabling them to examine the eye to identify signs of diabetes eye disease, grade levels of retinopathy and appropriately refer cases needing treatment.

The nature of the PGCDEC program reqires graduates to return to a diabetes eye clinic equipped with a retinal camera, a retinal laser and a health professional trained to provide appropriate diabetes laser services.

This is a 6 month program.

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