The online complex diabetes program has been developed to provide GP’s with additional skills to manage patients with diabetes who are not achieving or maintaining good control. It also covers assessment and management of microvascular complications. The successful completion of this online program provides documentation to enable GPs with a Special Interest (GPwSI) in Diabetes to work in diabetes ‘beacon’ clinics.
Relevance to General Practice
In excess of 850 000 Australians have Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus, with significant associated risks of micro- and macro- vascular disease. General Practioners are increasingly seeing patients unable to be managed with oral agents alone and with complex renal, ocular and neuropathic co-morbidities. This course provides an overview of a best-practice approach to GP diabetes management including the selection of appropriate oral hypoglycaemics, the key management issues in commencing insulin in a community setting, and the assessment and management of all micro-vascular complications of diabetes. As Type 2 diabetes is a lifestyle related disease, maximal involvement from the patient in addressing key issues here is fundamental to optimal GP management. GPswill be introduced to the skills and approaches GPs require to help their patients and communities to succeed in lifestyle review / modification, and working effectively with secondary care.
- Develop strategies to discuss and offer treatment options and appropriate choice of insulin (if required) for patients with diabetes consistently outside target
- Assess and manage the microvascular complications of diabetes
- Perform best practice assessment of the risk factors and treatment for diabetic retinopathy
Domains of General Practice
D1. Communication skills and the patient-doctor relationship
D2. Applied professional knowledge and skills
D3. Population health and the context of general practice
D4. Professional and ethical role
D5. Organisational and legal dimensions
Curriculum Contextual Units