Diabetes Mellitus (PHAR7123)


This Unit of Study is intended to develop a clear understanding of the role of pharmacists in the care of patients with diabetes mellitus and the knowledge and skills needed to provide comprehensive pharmaceutical care to this growing section of the Australian population. More specifically, the unit seeks to provide an in-depth understanding of the physiology and pathophysiology of the regulation of glucose metabolism; aetiology, treatment and monitoring of patients with type 1 and type 2 diabetes. Pharmacological and non-pharmacological management; psychosocial issues in diabetes; management and prevention of co-morbidities and complications and public health approaches to the prevention of diabetes. It aims to develop pharmacists' skills in interpretation of relevant clinical and laboratory tests and patterns of blood glucose; supporting patient self-management through advice on appropriate use of blood glucose meters, insulin pens, self-monitoring of blood glucose (SMBG), medication regimen adherence and review, lifestyle changes, management of hypoglycaemia, and sick days. Appropriate pharmacist/patient and inter-professional communication skills will be fostered.

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Self-directed learning modules, workplace based assessment tasks, and online webinars.


Participation in online webinars (12%), learning module activities (48%), diabetes devices assignment (10%), documentation of advanced diabetes patient care (15%), and reflective diary (15%).

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