This Course is designed to provide up-to-date information on gestational diabetes (GDM) given several recent changes in management. It will discuss predisposing factors for GDM, changes to treatment and diagnostic criteria, and how a diagnosis of GDM impacts subsequent pregnancies and ongoing health.
- Overview and risk factors
- Treatment of gestational diabetes mellitus
- Education and future implications
Health professionals need to be aware of the prevalence of GDM and the symptoms of this disease in order to identify women who may be at risk. They must also be aware of the management of GDM, which aims to normalise maternal blood glucose levels as soon as possible, reduce foetal and maternal risks, and reduce the long-term risk of developing type 2 diabetes.
Education that addresses this is timely in order to improve maternal outcomes
Provide up-to-date information focusing on the pathophysiology of hyperglycaemia during pregnancy, contributing causes/risks of developing gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM), and diagnosis and treatment/management strategies during antenatal, labour and postpartum periods.
- Explain the pathophysiology of gestational diabetes (GDM)
- Describe the risk factors and diagnostic criteria
- Identify clinical targets and general management principles for antenatal, labour and postpartum care
Health professionals currently or intending to work with pregnant women with or at risk of developing gestational diabetes mellitus.
No conflict of interest exists for anyone in the position to control content for this activity. Wherever possible, generic or non-proprietary names of medications or products have been used.
Michelle Robins is a credentialed diabetes educator with 23 years experience in many aspects of diabetes care and education. She is currently employed as a Nurse Practitioner by Northern Health. Her past employment, as a diabetes educator, has included major tertiary hospital settings – including St Vincent's Hospital, Melbourne, Melbourne Division of General Practice, Melbourne Extended Care and Rehabilitation Service, and, in Queensland, Logan/Beaudesert Health Service. Michelle has served on more than 40 diabetes-related committees, written book chapters, and is consistently highly evaluated in her teaching role.
The Ausmed Education Learning Centre is accredited with distinction as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation. Provider number is P0342.