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Diabetes Update for Healthcare Professionals

A training program for nurses, allied health professionals and other health care providers


Diabetes is a lifelong condition that affects over 7.5% of Australians over 25 (i.e. over 1.2 million Australians). It has been estimated that 280 Australian adults are diagnosed with diabetes each day. In addition, 16.3% of Australians have impaired glucose metabolism that puts them at high risk of developing both diabetes and cardiovascular disease. Poorly managed diabetes leads to debilitating complications such as blindness, renal failure, cardiovascular disease and lower limb amputation. The annual cost of type 2 diabetes exceeds $3 billion (including carer costs). Both type 1 and type 2 diabetes complications can be prevented or delayed.

Optimal diabetes care relies on sound medical management in line with evidence based clinical management guidelines and the active involvement of the person with diabetes in their day to day management and decision making about their condition. Diabetes self management education is essential for effective self management.

Diabetes self-management education focuses on:

  • Specialised training delivered by qualified diabetes educators.
  • Therapeutic interventions that are integrated with the clinical care and attainment of clinical targets.
  • Equitable, access for people living with diabetes and provides individualised diabetes care.
  • Being an integral element of any system of diabetes health care.

Diabetes SA recognises the need for all health care professionals to have knowledge of best practice diabetes management and the capacity to impart accurate information and advice to people with diabetes.

This is particularly so in the general practice setting which is most often the first point of contact for a person newly diagnosed with diabetes. In addition, general practitioners usually assume responsibility for coordination of overall patient management resulting in a high level of contact between people with diabetes and general practice. Accordingly nurses working in general practice are a key target group for whom this two day program is recommended.

The Diabetes Update for Health Professionals two day program has been developed to provide best practice of diabetes clinical management and self-care recommendations to health care providers working in primary care. 

Learning outcomes

At conclusion of the 2 day program participants will be able to:

  • Understand basic pathophysiology and key clinical guidelines for the management of diabetes.
  • Recognise new pharmacological choices, treatment plans and comprehend the latest management and technology options to reduce complications
  • Implement an individualised system based approach to diabetes management to minimise the risk of diabetes-related complications.
  • Understand nutritional management and physical activity benefits, with practical teaching strategies to implement with clients.

Program details

In 2018, the following dates are available


This workshop is suitable for:

  • Registered Nurses
  • Enrolled Nurses
  • Practise Nurses
  • General Practitioners
  • Pharmacists
  • Dietitians
  • Podiatrists
  • Exercise Physiologists
  • Occupational Therapists
  • Personal Carers

Event details

  • Time: 9.30am — 4.30pm
  • Venue: Diabetes SA, 159 Sir Donald Bradman Drive, Hilton, SA 5033
  • Cost: $418 per person (incl. GST), certificate of attendance will be provided as well as morning tea and lunch

Group booking

10% discount available for a group booking of 5 or more participants. Please call 1300 198 204 for more information.

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What did the previous attendees say? Read the feedback...

"Now I have a better understanding of how diabetes impacts general health. How as a nurse we can assist in achieving the best outcome with the right practise. Will recommend to colleagues."


"Management of diabetic emergencies was very helpful as well as info about types of medications available and how they work the use of insulin devices and pumps."


"Lots of valuable snippets of information to hand on to clients and implement in care planning. Generally very helpful. Will recommended to colleagues."


"Great overview. Can see that there are so many different aspects to diabetes and care - and this takes time. Thank you to all. So pleased with the catering and up to date diabetes information. Questions were welcome and well answered. Enjoyed the positive health focused approach and felt that presenters so respectful towards clients."


"A very comprehensive workshop which maintained my interest and concentration. I would thoroughly recommend the two days to colleagues." 


"Excellent two days – thoroughly enjoyed my time here – great resource."


"Very well organised and presented. Thank you."