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Getting Healthy Before Pregnancy

Managing obesity and diabetes before conception to optimise outcomes

A one-day course for health practitioners looking to enhance their skills in preconception care.

Enhance your knowledge and skills in preconception health care with this one day course targeted to General Practitioners, medical specialists and health professionals (nurses, midwives, nutritionists, dieticians).

Developed and taught by some of Australia's leading experts and researchers, the course will provide an overview of the latest evidence in optimisation of preconception health, especially for women with diabetes, obesity and other medical conditions.

Obesity in pregnancy is now one of the most important challenges in pre and post-conception care. Approximately 50 per cent of women who become pregnant are either overweight or obese¹, which increases the risks in the current and future pregnancies.

The multidisciplinary workshop includes presentations, interactive learning, case studies, and skills-based training on various aspects of preconception care: maternal nutrition, weight control, endocrine and PCOS, contraception, and referral pathways.

The past editions of this course have been allocated CPD Points by the RACGP, RANZCOG, ACN, ACM, DAA, NSA.

¹ National Institute of Health and Clinical Excellence. Weight management before, during and after pregnancy, 2010

Date: TBC

Registrations: Register your interest here.

This course will cover the following topics:

  • The developmental origins of health and disease
  • Managing diabetes prior to conception
  • Obesity and conception
  • Maternal nutrition in preconception and early pregnancy
  • Environmental exposures
  • Planning a pregnancy
  • Skills training   
  • Local referral pathways         


On completion of the course, participants should be able to:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of short and long-term health outcomes to the mother and infant maternal risk factors
  • Identify techniques to manage diabetes in patients prior to conception
  • Define key factors in interconception and preconception health
  • Utilise evidence to convey the importance of interconception and preconception health to patients planning a pregnancy
  • Summarise the short and long term consequences of obesity and conception including higher risk of increased pregnancy related complications to both the mother and infant
  • Demonstrate ability to interpret this evidence and formulate care plans with patients in this category
  • Explain the impact of nutrition and under-nutrition for both mother and baby in the preconception and early pregnancy stages
  • Articulate the common environmental exposures that can impact fetal development adversely
  • Identify exposure reduction techniques/tools that can mitigate this risk
  • Demonstrate an understanding of evidence based preconception interventions to reduce risks of adverse pregnancy outcomes
  • Utilise interventions in practice with both women and men

This course has received CPD endorsement as follows:

Professional body

CPD points

Royal Australian College of General Practitioners

QI&CPD Accredited Activity Category 1 - 40 points 

Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetrics and Gynaecology

Eligible Fellows of this College can claim 7 CPD points for attendance

Dietitians Association of Australia

Eligible members can claim CPD points for this assessed professional education activity, depending on AD's learning goals

Australian College of Midwives

Midwives can claim 6 CPD points for completing this activity

Australian College of Nursing

Endorsed by ACN according to Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Endorsed Course Standards. It has been allocated 6 CPD hours according to the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia – Continuing Professional Development Standard

Registration queries contact Charles Perkins Centre Education Team on:

+61 2 9351 5526

Please be advised that minimum numbers are required for this workshop to go ahead. If minimum numbers are not met, the course may be cancelled or rescheduled.

Please see the Charles Perkins Centre short course policy.