Preeclampsia, Eclampsia and HELLP

1h 5m of CPD
Graeme Dennerstein
19 Apr 2016

This Course will address the clinical significance and management of preeclampsia and its complications. A real-life case study will also be presented to reinforce the information presented in this activity.


State the features of preeclampsia, eclampsia and HELLP


Explain both the prophylactic and curative treatment of preeclampsia


Identify the particular risk factors for preeclampsia


List the complications of preeclampsia and differential diagnosis


Graeme Dennerstein

Dr Dennerstein is an Obstetrician and Gynaecologist with medical expertise in the health of the vulva and vagina. He is the former Head of the Dermo-gynaecology Clinic at The Mercy Hospital for Women and co-author of the book entitled: The Vulva and Vagina Manual. He has lectured extensively on this topic, both internationally and nationally. Graeme has extensive experience in family planning and reproductive health. In 1971 he established the Family Planning and Infertility Clinic at the Western General Hospital in Melbourne, serving as its director until 1986. From 1980 to 1989 he was the Honorary Secretary for the Medical Advisory Committee of the Family Planning Association of Victoria.  He is a member of the Sexual Health Society of Victoria Inc. and is widely published. He has, for example, produced several papers on the use of Depot Medroxyprogesterone Acetate (DMPA).


Emma Mincher-Jones20 Sep 2018
Very informative and easy to follow.

Janet Davies23 Jul 2018
Very informative and relevant lecture. Great for new graduate midwives.

Catherine Tume04 Jul 2018

Margaret Moore25 Jun 2018
Great to have a very experienced obstetrician who has obviously dealt many times with managing PE

Sue petitt17 Jun 2018
Very interesting and informative the Doctor was very engaging well presented lecture

Renae Renae30 May 2018
Well stated

Katherine Hepworth26 May 2018
Good case study

Nellea Parreno20 May 2018

Kathryn Schirmer19 May 2018

Livia Farkas Holovic 06 May 2018
Very interesting an engaging

Judy Applegarth06 May 2018
Detailed overview

suzanne roslyn mason10 Apr 2018
Done well

Kimberly-Anne Conaghan29 Mar 2018
was educating

Rachel Keats08 Mar 2018
Very informative

Course Overview

Topics include:

  • What can go wrong in pregnancy?
  • Overview of preeclampsia, eclampsia and HELLP syndrome
  • Treatment options
  • Management and mode of delivery

Target audience

Predominately designed for midwives, but may also be applicable to other health practitioners working in a setting whereby they may encounter a woman with preeclampsia.


Familiarise health professionals with the clinical significance and management of the woman affected by preeclampsia and its complications.


Midwives may be the first to identify preeclampsia and must be alert to this potentially dangerous condition and how to prevent complications. The midwife is likely to have to undertake the emergency management of this condition and any complications. A recent study indicated that 51% of women in America are unaware of preeclampsia, with 78% lacking awareness of the symptoms of this condition. Preeclampsia can affect up to 15% of pregnancies, as well as be responsible for 15-20% of maternal mortality. Further, the definition, diagnosis and management of preeclampsia have recently been updated following a report from the American College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (ACOG).

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.

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