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MBHT5002: Advanced Diabetes Management

This unit of study provides students with an advanced level of understanding of the effective management of diabetes mellitus. It builds on the Diabetes Management unit of study (MBHT5001) by focusing on more complex cases of diabetes, with a particular focus on type 1 diabetes. Topics addressed 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 is examined.

Code MBHT5002
Academic unit Metabolic Health
Credit points 6
Assumed knowledge:
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

At the completion of this unit, you should be able to:

  • LO1. Recognise the common clinical presentations of type 1 diabetes and how to differentiate it from other types of diabetes and hyperglycaemia
  • LO2. Conduct a comprehensive evaluation of type 1 and type 2 diabetes, including interpretation of laboratory measures and CGMS
  • LO3. Understand and assess psychosocial problems in diabetes
  • LO4. Understand the role of medical nutrition therapy, including carbohydrate counting in type 1 and type 2 diabetes
  • LO5. Understand the management of type 1 and complex type 2 diabetes, including intensive insulin regimens, insulin pump devices and novel therapies
  • LO6. Identify the management priorities of the diabetic emergencies and understand the concept of ‘sick day management’
  • LO7. Describe the screening and management of complications in diabetes
  • LO8. Understand the issues when assessing and managing diabetes in specific populations and settings, including transitional care, pregnancy, during driving, and in institutionalised care.