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The majority of patients with Diabetes seen in general practice and primary care will have Type 2 Diabetes. These patients often have additional Comorbidity and Cardiovascular Disease, which can be challenging to manage. However, given a certain level of knowledge and skill together with a framework within which these patients should be managed, the health care practitioner will be able to optimise the care of these patients.

When seen within the Chronic Disease framework it is helpful to apply the principles of Context/Co-morbidity, Complications, Control, Concerns (including symptoms) and Compliance to Diabetes as you would for any other Chronic Disease.

A systems approach (the Chronic Care Model) as well as a patient centred focus is essential if we want to succeed in improving the outcomes of our patients with Diabetes and their associated risk factors.

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Who Should Enroll?

All healthcare professionals.

Course Design

Blended Learning Approach consisting of online teaching & Learning as well as 1-day face to face contact tuition session.

Course Content

The following modules will be covered:

1. Background:

  • Epidemiology of diabetes
  • Definition and classification of diabetes
  • Screening and diagnosis
  • Organisation of care

2. Lifestyle intervention:

  • Medical Nutrition Therapy
  • Physical Activity
    • Self-management and support
    • Psycho-social care

3. Control:

  • Glucose control: Targets and interventions
  • Blood pressure control: Targets and interventions
  • Lipid control: Targets and Interventions
  • Unit 4: Smoking Cessation

4. Complications:

  • Early detection of diabetic nephropathy and its management
  • Early detection of diabetic neuropathy and it its management
  • Early detection of diabetic retinopathy and its management

5. Special populations and their challenges:

  • Diabetes in pregnancy
  • Diabetes in HIV patients
  • Type 2 diabetes in children and adolescents


Participants are assessed on the self-study component of the course through means of a multiple-choice questionnaire.


Accredited according to the HPCSA’s Medical and Dental Board Guidelines for Health Care Professionals for 30 CEU’s on Level 2.


To qualify for the certificate of completion for this short course, participants should successfully complete the online component.


R 3 006.13 (Inclusive of VAT)