1h 25m
Michelle Robins
17 Jun 2018

Gestational Diabetes Mellitus

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.


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


Michelle Robins

Michelle is a credentialled 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.


Michelle brain07 Sep 2018
Very informative

Catherine Robles06 Sep 2018
Great online learning module. Would recommend.

Ceri Johns16 Aug 2018
It interesting and useful

Debra Moloney14 Aug 2018
I really enjoyed this course and the presentation.

Pauline Aurora Moody12 Aug 2018
This presentation is informative and interesting.

Vidya Vikram05 Jul 2018
The educator had explained everything neatly moreover, I gained more information on GDM.

I loved this course. it was informative, educational and delivered in a concise way. I now know screening tools for GDM and current BLS targets, so feel I can educate as necessary

Iana Villacastin29 Jun 2018
A very informative learning.

Jane Rodgers28 Jun 2018
This is very informative and keeps me up to date with treatments and findings of latest research

Marcelle White27 Jun 2018
Informative and good revision.

Belinda Blamey27 Jun 2018
This was fantastic VLA , The educator was engaging, current and the information was comprehensive!!1

Andrea Stephens26 Jun 2018
Very well presented with easy to understand guidelines and updated management of GDM

rebecca morrissey25 Jun 2018
great information

Jennifer Ryan25 Jun 2018
An excellent resource

Tahnee Berkinshaw22 Jun 2018
Very informative, easy to follow, interesting content!

Fiona Neale21 Jun 2018
I enjoyed the format and found information interesting and engaging.

Lei Zhang21 Jun 2018
lots of important information given in this presentation. worth to watch.

Neethu Anil20 Jun 2018
The overall presentation has improved my knowledge

Anne Johnston20 Jun 2018
Interesting topic very informative.

Maureen Huggins20 Jun 2018
Interesting and informative

Rennea Donaldson19 Jun 2018
A great refresher on GDM and care in the antenatal period. It would be great to have current intrapartum management included.

Nicole Ferreira22 Mar 2018
this was a great refresher and explanation of why things are done and reason behind it

Rachel Keats07 Mar 2018
Informative and interesting to listen to

Michele Selby05 Feb 2018

Serena Cafarella28 Nov 2017
Overall, the topic was presented and covered well in a sensitive and respectful informative manner. The educator was knowledgeable and engaging. Very satisfied with the new and reinforced information that was gained.

Course Overview

Topics include:

  • Overview and risk factors
  • Treatment
  • Education and future

Target audience

Health professionals currently or intending to work with pregnant women with or at risk of developing gestational diabetes mellitus.


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.


Worldwide, there are 21 million live births affected by diabetes each year. In Australia, 89 women are registered each day on the National Diabetes Services Scheme – a total of more than 32,000 from September 2014-15, a 14% increase from the previous year. Of this total, nearly 5,000 women on the Scheme had previously suffered from gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM). Of these women, 29% of them required insulin. The estimated incidence of GDM in Australia is 5%, which equates to 17,000 women affected by this disease. This incidence however only increases in high-risk ethnic populations in Australia, with up to 20% of women being affected. 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.

Health professionals in Australia that are registered with AHPRA are required to obtain continuing professional development (CPD) hours/points each year that relates to their context of practice, in order to comply with mandatory regulatory requirements.