Aotearoa College of Diabetes Nurses



Aotearoa College of Diabetes Nurses (ACDN)


ACDN is a specialty college of NZNO dedicated to supporting all nurses caring for people with diabetes across the age span in New Zealand (NZ). Our aim is to promote excellence in diabetes nursing in NZ through the development of clinical practice frameworks, policy, education and research.

Please feel free to visit our homepage for up-to-date information and resources to support ALL nurses working in diabetes in NZ:

ACDN would also like to encourage nurses working in diabetes to join our College by completing the online

application form at


Tricha Ball - Chair


Debbie Cunliffe - Secretary/Website/Communications

Bay of Plenty

Kerrie Skeggs - Treasurer


Bryan Gibbison

Accreditation Coordinator


Andrea Rooderkerk - Workforce Development and Membership Portfolio

Hawkes Bay

Bobbi Milne

Study Day Liaison

Greater Auckland

Angela Clark - NZNO Liaison


Pip Creswell – NZSSD Liaison




Accreditation Programme

ACDN is dedicated to the provision of excellent standards of care and education for people in New Zealand living with diabetes; our accreditation programme allows us to support nurses to be the best they can be within this specialty. The goal of our Programme is to provide a framework by which nurses working within the area of diabetes can be recognised for having attained knowledge and skills, as defined by the National Diabetes Nurses Knowledge and Skills Framework (2009) within their area of practice and have demonstrated continued maintenance and development of knowledge and skills through a systematic and regular review process. The NDNKSF framework (2009) is currently under review and will be updated by 2017.

Visit our website to find out how to apply for accreditation, closing dates, contacts, mentors etc:


Conferences and Events

ACDN hold a number of events for nurses in New Zealand. Please visit our Webpage for more information



Issues of the ACDN newsletter On Target can be found here:

If you would like to contribute to our newsletter please email:



ACDN has established educational scholarships to assist nurses to attend or participate in events related to diabetes nursing that will further their knowledge base in their current field of work i.e. workshops, conferences, study days, seminars, post graduate study. The scholarships can also be used to cover the cost of the Aotearoa College of Diabetes Nurses accreditation application.

To view our scholarship page, please visit:

Special Interest Groups (SIG)

Are you a nurse working in diabetes and interested in joining our Indigenous nurses SIG, or working with Insulin Pumps and CGM’s and wanting to link in with other nurses working in a similar area? Have a look at our special interest group webpage for these and other special interest groups working across the lifespan in diabetes


To contact ACDN please feel free to email Chair, Tricha Ball at: or Secretary, Debbie Cunliffe at


National Diabetes Nursing Knowledge and Skills Framework

All nurses deliver to people with diabetes. This National Diabetes Nursing Knowledge and Skills Framework (NDNKSF) has been developed to assist all registered nurses to demonstrate that they are adequately prepared to provide the required care and education for the person with diabetes and related co morbidities, whatever their practice setting. To promote best practice the NDNKSF is linked to national guidelines, standard of practice and the Nursing Council of New Zealand's competencies for registration.

National Diabetes Nursing knowledge and skills framework