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Diabetes management and current guidelines

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About the CPD short course

This short course is conducted over two days and is equivalent to 14 continuing professional development (CPD) hours. Please note that this program is subject to change.

Who should attend?

This short course is designed for registered and enrolled nurses at the beginning to lower intermediate level who provide care to people with diabetes.

Date and location

We are currently finalising our calendar of CPD short courses for the first half of 2017. If you would like to be informed when dates are announced, you can register for email notifications

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RN member $327.00 EN member $269.00
RN non-member $385.00EN non-member $327.00

Key learning outcomes

On completion participants will be better able to:

  • discuss the epidemiology of diabetes mellitus
  • discuss contemporary dietary, exercise and pharmacologic management of diabetes mellitus
  • discuss the significance of blood glucose monitoring, ketone monitoring and glycaemic control of clients with diabetes mellitus
  • incorporate the principles of foot care into nursing practice
  • manage the surgical patient with diabetes mellitus
  • identify the manage short-term complications of diabetes mellitus
  • discuss the management and prevention of long-term complications in diabetes mellitus
  • discuss goals and strategies in the management of diabetes mellitus throughout the lifespan
  • discuss the psychological and social support needed by the clients and families in the management of diabetes mellitus.

Program outline

Day 1




Welcome and introduction


Types of diabetes

•    type 2 diabetes

•    type 1 diabetes

•    gestational diabetes

•    groups with special needs

A morning tea break will be included in this session


Self-monitoring in diabetes

benefits and principles of self-monitoring

•    glucose meters available

•    monitoring ketones

•    practical testing session




Lifestyle factors: physical activity

•    benefits

•    recommendations and contraindications 


Medications in diabetes

•    oral

•    injectable


Afternoon tea break


Lifestyle factors: nutritional management of diabetes

•    goals of nutritional management

•    food and nutrient groups

•    alcohol

•    label reading

Day 2


Chronic complications of diabetes: the diabetic foot

•    pathophysiology

•    foot care


Morning tea break


Acute complications of diabetes

  • hyperglycaemia
    • signs, symptoms and causes
    • management of hyperglycaemia
  • sick days
    • effect of illness on diabetes
    • managing sick days  
  • hypoglycaemia
    • signs, symptoms and causes
    • management
    • hypoglycaemia and driving
    • hypoglycaemia and alcohol
  • care of patients with diabetes undergoing surgery

A morning tea break will be included in this session.




Chronic complications of diabetes

  • macrovascular complications
  • microvascular complications
  • neuropathic complications 


Psychosocial aspects of diabetes

  • reactions to diagnosis
  • living with a chronic illness
  • depression, anxiety and diabetes
  • focus on management

Support services and self-management

  • the diabetes team
  • empowerment
  • diabetes self-management
  • diabetes support networks
  • discriminatory works


Afternoon tea break


Case scenarios/discussions


Evaluation and close