The unique role of the primary health care nurse in improving patient care in type 2 diabetes - Certificate of Completion
With 280 Australians developing diabetes every day, diabetes is the fastest growing chronic condition in Australia and a national health priority. According to Diabetes Australia, an estimated 1.7 million Australians are living with this progressive condition, and this number is expected to grow to more than 2.5 million within 20 years. Diabetes has a significant impact on the health and wellbeing of the Australian population. It is an underlying or associated cause of 10 per cent of all deaths in Australia, and costs the Australian community $14.6 billion annually. Current management guidelines state that undiagnosed and poorly managed type 2 diabetes (T2D) can lead to a range of complications, including stroke, coronary artery disease and blindness, making the early identification and optimal management of people with T2D critical.
Primary Health Care Nurse,
South Coast Medical, Dromana, VIC
B Nursing, Graduate Diploma in Nursing Science
(Emergency Nursing), Dip. Education
Royal Melbourne Hospital, Melbourne, Victoria
APD, CDE, BHSc (Nut&Diet), MSc (Diabetes)
Professional Services Manager
Australian Diabetes Educators Association
After completing this education module, participants will have increased confidence in:
- Recognising the differences between microvascular and macrovascular complications as they relate to glycaemic control.
- Differentiating between the cardiovascular outcomes associated with newer hypoglycaemic agents and applying this to clinical practice.
- Individualising diabetes treatment protocols based on patients’ risk profiles and comorbidities.
- Identifying clinical situations in which certain antihyperglycaemic medications may be contraindicated or require cessation.