This unit of study provides students with an advanced level of understanding of the effective management of diabetes mellitus. It will builds on the Diabetes Management unit of study by focusing on more complex cases of diabetes, with a particular focus on type 1 diabetes. Topics addressed will include atypical, unusual and difficult to classify diabetes, intensive therapy in diabetes including complex insulin regimens, and managing diabetes related complications such as heart failure, painful neuropathy, diabetic foot disease, advanced retinopathy, non-alcoholic fatty liver disease and end-stage renal disease. New technologies including state of the art insulin pump therapy and real time continuous blood glucose monitoring will be exemplified using real life cases. The role of pancreas transplant and closed loop/artificial pancreas systems in diabetes are also addressed. Diabetes translational research across the bench, clinic and bedside, are examined. Learning will be enhanced by individual and group online methods plus a practical on-campus half-day workshop.
Weekly online lectures and podcasts. Practical on-campus half-day workshop. It is compulsory that the workshop be attended/viewed live or by download. Attendance at the workshop is strongly encouraged. All students are required to complete a compulsory learning activity related to the workshop.
3 x clinical case study tasks of 500 words (3x 10%), 1x 1500 word assignment (20%), online exam (30%), participation in generation and peer review of assessment items (20%)
Required reading (accessible on line): Standards of Medical Care in Diabetes. Diabetes Care January 2018 vol. 41 no. Supplement 1 S1-S159; NHMRC Clinical Care Guidelines in Diabetes, especially: Craig ME, Twigg SM, Donaghue KC, Cheung NW, Cameron FJ, Conn J, Jenkins AJ, Silink M, for the Australian Type 1 Diabetes Guidelines Expert Advisory Group. National evidence-based clinical care guidelines for type 1 diabetes in children, adolescents and adults, Australian Government Department of Health and Ageing, Canberra 2011.
Departmental permission required unless MBHT5001 satisfactorily completed.
It is recommended that students first complete MBHT5001 (Diabetes Management) unless they have a reasonable working knowledge of how to approach assessment and management of diabetes mellitus in a variety of clinical settings.