Regular CDA Professional Section Membership

This category of membership is open to all interested health-care professionals and researchers. Become a member and have an impact on the prevention and management of diabetes in Canada.

Regular professional members shall enjoy membership benefits that include: CDA professional conference discount, chapter membership, one interest group membership, access to the Canadian Journal of Diabetes, access to CDA publications, a discounted rate for education materials, and, access to the members only area on diabetes.ca. Regular membership is required to participate in elections (nominate / stand / vote); hold office in the professional section; apply or nominate candidates for professional awards; or apply for research funding.

The price for annual membership is $100.

Student Professional Membership

This category of membership is open to full time post-secondary students (e.g. Bachelors, Masters, PhD, post- doctoral or MD) enrolled in a college or university in a diabetes/health-care related field. Canadian residents studying abroad may also be eligible.

Student professional members shall enjoy membership benefits that include: student rate for the CDA conference, chapter membership, online access to publications, access to the members only area on diabetes.ca and eligibility to apply for research funding.

Proof of full time student status will be required for eligibility. Applicants are asked to submit the following to professional.membership@diabetes.ca

  • A letter from supervisor/program director confirming full time status and the start and end dates of the program

Free membership is available for up to 2 years.

The price for annual membership is $50 annually thereafter while enrolled in full time studies.

Associate Professional Membership

This category of membership is open to all interested health-care professionals and scientists who do not wish to be full members and are interested in select benefits of membership. This class of membership may be of interest to family physicians, nurse practitioners, professionals who do not live in Canada or regular members who have retired and are no longer active in diabetes.

Associate Professional Members shall enjoy membership benefits that include: online access to publications (e.g. Canadian Journal of Diabetes), access to the members only area on diabetes.ca. Associate members are encouraged to serve as volunteers but are not eligible to stand for election or hold office.

The price for annual membership is $50.

Summary of Membership Categories, Benefits and Fees

Benefits Regular Professional Membership Student Professional Membership (full time post-secondary students) Associate Professional Membership
Professional conference discount
Chapter membership
Membership in one professional section interest group
Participate in elections or hold office
Apply for research grants
Nominate or apply for awards
Discounted rate for education materials
Access to professional publications and newsletter
Access to members only area on diabetes.ca

Membership is good for one year from the time of joining or renewing

Membership fees will be increased annually by 2.5%

Reduced conference rate is only available to those who have renewed for the conference year (i.e., you must have an  active membership while the conference is occurring).

Special Interest Groups

In addition to your membership, you can choose to join one of the six special interest groups, which provides additional opportunities to share information in these areas of specialty. An additional fee of $10 each will be applied for each special interest group you choose to join.

  • Paediatric Diabetes Interest Group - This group consists of professional members with special interest in the care of children and adolescents with diabetes across Canada from BC to Newfoundland. This group provides an opportunity to share practices and learn from colleagues across the nation in regards to paediatric diabetes practice through a web-based forum. Questions and documents can be posted and shared through the forum for an opportunity for feedback and dialogue.
  • Diabetes in the Elderly - For any professional member working with those who are elderly and living with diabetes. These elderly clients live at home, in retirement homes or in nursing care facilities (long term care homes). This heterogeneous group may be self-managing diabetes or have caregivers or health-care workers managing their diabetes care. Members of this group network and share insights into best practices for this unique group.
  • Camp Interest Group - For any professional member who has a special interest in advancing the practice of diabetes care and education at diabetes camps.
  • Canadian Diabetes in Pregnancy Study Group (CanDIPS) - This group consists of CDA health-care members with a special interest in the care of women with diabetes in pregnancy.  Our objectives are to enhance clinical care in Canada for these women through education and research by advancing clinical and scientific knowledge of diabetes in pregnancy and its effect on the child and to foster collaboration with other regional and worldwide societies interested in diabetes in pregnancy.  This group provides an opportunity for members to communicate and collaborate on educational and research initiatives in the area of diabetes in pregnancy.
  • Inpatient Quality and Safety Interest Group - For any professional members with an interest in inpatient diabetes care. This group provides an opportunity for members to communicate, collaborate and provide leadership relating to the development, implementation and evaluation of best practices in inpatient diabetes management.
  • Mental Health Interest Group - This group consists of professional members with an interest in joining a forum to explore the challenges of mental health issues patients are faced with and present on these issues during diabetes education sessions. This group will allow for networking in a way that promotes constructive considerations of the range of mental health issues, highlights approaches and resources used by professionals and clinics and generates new possibilities for present practices and future demands.
  • Insulin Pump Therapy Interest Group (New for 2016) - This group consists of professional members with a special interest in insulin pump therapy for adults, adolescents and children from across Canada. Through a web-based forum, this group provides an opportunity to share practices and learn more about insulin pump therapy from colleagues across the nation. Questions and documents can be posted and shared through the forum for an opportunity for feedback and dialogue.

If you would like to know more information, please contact professional.membership@diabetes.ca and add which Special Interest Group you are interested in into the subject line.

Resources

  • Building Competency in Diabetes Education: Advancing Practice - This new product is designed for the ongoing professional education of diabetes educators who have moved beyond the novice level and are seeking to increase their knowledge and skills related to diabetes self-management education.
  • Building Competency in Diabetes Education: The Essentials - First published in 2001, this manual was designed for both those new to diabetes education and more experienced educators who want to update their knowledge. This self-directed program is intended to build on the learner’s existing skills by enhancing his/her knowledge of diabetes and its management.
  • Standards for Diabetes Education in Canada - First published in 1995, these standards were adopted for world-wide use by the International Diabetes Federation (IDF). A recognition and self-assessment program based on the standards was initiated in September 1997.
  • Diabetes Education Standards Recognition Program: (2014) A Quality Assessment Tool for Diabetes Education Programs.

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