MEDI 7039 Clinical Practice in Diabetes 1

Credit Points 10

Legacy Code 401284

Coordinator Catherine Wilson Opens in new window

Description This unit introduces students to the aetiology, pathophysiology and clinical picture of the various types of diabetes and the short and long term physical impact on individuals. This is the basis for all clinical units in this course. Students will comprehensively examine the overall management of the different types of diabetes that are fundamental for advance and specialised diabetes clinical practice.

School Medicine

Student Contribution Band HECS Band 3 10cp

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Level Postgraduate Coursework Level 7 subject

Restrictions Students m ust be enrolled in a postgraduate program with evidence of 12 month clinically relevant practice or substantial experience in working with people with diabetes

Assumed Knowledge

Basic knowledge and understanding of diabetes pathophysiology and sufficient experience working with diabetes patients in a clinical setting.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this subject, students should be able to:
  1. Examine the classification, aetiology and pathophysiology of the three major types of Diabetes
  2. Integrate lifestyle modification and Medical Nutrition Therapy as an integral part in the management of DM
  3. Analyse diagnostic criteria and treatment target ranges for each of the three major types of diabetes to determine treatment and management options for each type of diabetes
  4. Provide education and training on the pharmodynamics of oral agents, insulin and other injectable medication in the management of DM
  5. Apply best practice guidelines, clinical recommendations and evidence based practice to support diabetes education

Subject Content

1. Aetiology and pathophysiology of diabetes assessment and management
2. Diabetes Medication Management
3. Blood Glucose Monitoring
4. Understanding of the interrelationship between nutrition, exercise, stress, and medications on diabetes and prediabetes management
5. Acute complications of diabetes Hypoglycaemia
6. Hyperglycaemic states
7. Sick day management
8. Immunisation for people with diabetes
9. Implications for driving and reporting
10. Clinical management considerations for identified population groups (Elderly, Paediatric and Diabetes in pregnancy)


The following table summarises the standard assessment tasks for this subject. Please note this is a guide only. Assessment tasks are regularly updated, where there is a difference your Learning Guide takes precedence.

Item Length Percent Threshold Individual/Group Task
Online Quiz 1: Type 1 Diabetes 45 minutes 15 N Individual
Online Quiz 2: Type 2 Diabetes 45 minutes 15 N Individual
Online Quiz 3: Pregnancy and Diabetes 30 minutes 10 N Individual
Case study 2,000 words 40 N Individual
Participation - Online tutorials Ongoing 20 N Individual

Prescribed Texts

  • American Association of Diabetes Educators The Art and Science of Diabetes Self-Management Education Desk Reference, 3rd Edition (2017) , American Association of Diabetes Educators: USA

Teaching Periods

2022 Semester 2



Subject Contact Catherine Wilson Opens in new window

Attendance Requirements 80% attendance rate is imposed in all core subjects’ due to the nature of class activities that are aligned with subject assessments.

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