1h 30m

Treatment of Diabetes with Glucose-Lowering Medications

This Course reviews the different types of glucose-lowering medicines that are currently used to treat type 2 diabetes mellitus.

09 Apr 2018

Learning Outcomes


Correlate the indications for starting, increasing or decreasing a medicine with individual patient characteristics to enhance individuality of treatment


Differentiate between each class of non-insulin, glucose-lowering medication to select the most appropriate treatment for patients


Identify the contraindications and potential adverse reactions of each class of medications in order to prevent adverse patient outcomes



This program is really informative and detailed about medications to manage people with T2DM. The lecturer is explaining rather understandably, and having good questions to check my knowledge about what I've just learnt. I strongly recommend this e-learning if you are interested in DM2 -- 20 Apr 2018
very well presented -- 20 Apr 2018
Excellent - easy to understand and very informative thank you -- 20 Apr 2018
Excellent lecture and very well presented and explained. -- 19 Apr 2018
-- 18 Apr 2018
Great presentation with an overwhelming amount of information. May have to watch it again -- 18 Apr 2018
This presentation was very helpful and the speaker speaks very clear. -- 18 Apr 2018
excellent resource and I will be revisiting this again -- 18 Apr 2018
Very thorough module. This educator certainly knows her stuff. -- 18 Apr 2018
This lecture was extremely informative and thoroughly enjoyable. The presenter was intelligent and articulate. The use of graphics really enhanced the experience. -- 17 Apr 2018
great! -- 17 Apr 2018
Great presentation. The topic is explained well. -- 17 Apr 2018
A very interesting topic for this time in health issues great to have new updated information and refresh knowledge -- 17 Apr 2018
A lot of complex information, quality education -- 17 Apr 2018
The educator was engaging and I would recommend this education to other health professionals -- 16 Apr 2018
good -- 16 Apr 2018
Great Presentation -- 16 Apr 2018
Engaging educator with loads of knowledge delivered in helpful and learning way -- 16 Apr 2018
Great video -- 16 Apr 2018
I really enjoyed the course, the educator made the course very interesting. -- 15 Apr 2018
the educator was very engaging to the point I learnt so much. -- 15 Apr 2018
Very Informative -- 15 Apr 2018
The content was very educative. -- 15 Apr 2018
very informative -- 14 Apr 2018
Excellent course in enhancing and keeping up to date with current medications for diabetes management. -- 13 Apr 2018
Knowing updates of Diabetes medications is very important in treatment of the disease -- 13 Apr 2018
Very interesting and easy to follow, the speaker gave clear information in terms I could understand and remember. -- 13 Apr 2018
Very helpful and useful resources -- 12 Apr 2018
Could the reason that "healthy diet and exercise are not an option" be because the industry funded marketing and guidelines don't actually promote a healthy diet at all and simply "walking" is a poor effort if you're exercising in an attempt to prolong or reverse T2DM? I'd rather be education patients about a wholefoods plant-based diet and its overwhelming evidence to REVERSE T2DM and a whole host of other chronic diseases. -- 12 Apr 2018
Great Teaching and great information both old and new attained -- 11 Apr 2018
Diabetes affects millions of people worldwide. I am 54 and a diabetic myself. I am now beginning to discover the devastating complications this insidious disease has on us ie slow healing ulcers, interruption to lifestyle, chronic illness etc etc etc. Thank you so much for this brilliant presentation. You have given me the information and resources I need to visit my own GP with the view of reviewing and modifying my own medication with possibly some of the newer medications and hopefully gain some long term results. Thank you so much :) -- 11 Apr 2018
excellent presentation, easy to understand. -- 11 Apr 2018
Very thorough and precise in presenting this information. A very technical and detailed study of learning -- 11 Apr 2018
Great presentation and relevant information. -- 11 Apr 2018
Great topic and very educational. Great presentation skills and explanations were easier to understand for such a complicated illness. -- 11 Apr 2018
Very detailed and easy to understand -- 10 Apr 2018
The educator knows the topic well and is excellent ,very educational information of type 2 diabetes and medicines to manage it. -- 10 Apr 2018
Fantastic review with of diabetic medications and the reasons different ones are prescribed! -- 10 Apr 2018

Course Overview

Topics include:

  • Biguanides and Sulfonylureas
  • Alpha-glucosidase Inhibitor (AGI) and Thiazolidinediones (TZDs)
  • Glucagon-like peptide 1 analogues (GLP-1s)
  • Dipeptidyl peptidase-4 Inhibitors (DPP-4s)
  • Sodium Glucose Transporter-2 Inhibitors (SGLT-2s)
  • Where does that leave insulin?

Target audience

All health professionals caring for individuals with type 2 diabetes mellitus.


To enhance knowledge of diabetes management by reviewing current medicines used in the treatment of people with type 2 diabetes mellitus.


Type 2 diabetes is the most common form of diabetes in Australia (85–90%) and its incidence is increasing worldwide, with more and more younger people now becoming affected. Whilst some of the management of this chronic disease may be initially possible through changes to lifestyle, treatment with medication is usually required. Health professionals need to remain up-to-date regarding the types of medications prescribed for this disease, as these types of medications are constantly changing. Understanding of how these medicines work, their side effects, and contraindications is imperative in order to promote positive patient outcomes.

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.