Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Postgraduate - Unit

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6 points, SCA Band 3, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences
OfferedNot offered in 2013
Coordinator(s)Dr C Hassed


Diabetes is a common disease of increasing prevalence in Australia and the rest of the world and is major source of preventable morbidity and mortality. Much of the diagnosis, treatment and monitoring of diabetic patients falls on the shoulders of General Practitioners. This unit will enhance the skills and knowledge of General Practitioners on all aspects of diabetes mellitus diagnosis and management and lifestyle modification and will include utilisation of medical specialists and diabetes support services.


By the completion of this unit students should be able to:

  1. Describe the aetiology, prevalence and pathophysiology of diabetes.
  2. Improve skills in diabetic screening and diagnosis
  3. Manage both type 1 and type 2 diabetes effectively and with a holistic perspective.
  4. Manage diabetic emergencies.
  5. Develop and implement a care plan including attention to relevant lifestyle factors.
  6. Monitor diabetic patients effectively.
  7. Identify, treat and/or refer diabetic complications early and effectively.
  8. Describe special areas of diabetic management.
  9. Utilise diabetic support services and networks effectively.


Case study (40%)
Pre course and post course audit (60%)

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