Treatment of Diabetes with Glucose-Lowering Medications

1h 30m of CPD
Michelle Robins
09 Apr 2018

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


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


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.


Lisa Morrison08 Oct 2018
interesting and full of information

Deslie Falls06 Oct 2018
Well presented and concise

Rod Giles03 Sep 2018
Great Lecture for someone like me re entering nursing.

Linda McKenna02 Sep 2018
Extremely informative and easy to understand and learn. Very relevant to acute and community nursing

Debra Moloney19 Aug 2018
An excellent presentation which I will probably review many times.

Beverly Salt12 Aug 2018
an interesting and varied array of useful tips and reminders of how medications have an important role to play in managing Diabetes . Nurses arecthecefucators and this course gave them the ammunition for success.

Alicia Nicola Prankerd30 Jul 2018
Excellent overview of glucose lowering medications for T2DM

Troy King27 Jul 2018
Presenter Was very clear and understanding

Maria Nothling22 Jul 2018
great update, clear and easy to understand

Tanya Volzke01 Jul 2018
Very comprehensive

Ruth Spencer29 Jun 2018
Professional and informative presentation. Michelle has delivered her presentation with passion and in a way to make a difficult subject more readily understandable.

Anna Beck25 Jun 2018
Very informative session. Recommended.

Sandeep Kaur21 Jun 2018
Great work

Cheryl Lavender19 Jun 2018
Really good presentation by the Author that was delivered at the right level for Nurses who need to ensure their Diabetes Type 2 knowledge base is up to date. It also gave confidence to the learner to be able to answer questions from clients as to why, for instance, they are prescribed a particular medication or may not be prescribed medications they may have self researched.

Emi Nishiyama15 Jun 2018
Excellent online activity with very easy-to-understand explanations and effective review questions.

Robyn Hartley14 Jun 2018
This was a very educational session. The presenter was knowledgeable and entertaining and I would recommend watching it.

Candace Pederson10 Jun 2018
Educator was very informative. She covered everything and it was presented well.

Leoni Peisley10 Jun 2018
Very good, clear information.

Liz Griffiths09 Jun 2018
Michelle explains the pharmacology and physiology clearly and applies it to case studies. Great visual slides on mechanism of different drug classes.

Soumyamol Binesh08 Jun 2018

Susan Anderson07 Jun 2018
Michelle always explains in a way that is easy to understand and make you learn what she is talking about

Kerrie Myhill07 Jun 2018
A lot of new information. Great to see a new medication which can target many different areas of concern for patients.

Terry woods07 Jun 2018
Great review and enhancement of knowledge in the area of diabetes and well presented

Hannah Charles06 Jun 2018
Very informative, enlightening and helpful

Ming Pei Teng31 May 2018
Great presenter

Maree Augostin31 May 2018

Elizabeth Taylor31 May 2018
The educator was obviously very knowledgeable but managed to present her content in an approachable manner - clear and concise material, engaging.

Nicole Lynch31 May 2018
Very in depth information disease, its process, how each class of medication works and the benefits of them for patients.

Kristie-Lee Perrott31 May 2018
very well coversed

Melissa Parder31 May 2018

Lauretta Rayner30 May 2018
Very good

Maria-Lisa Andonela Cravo30 May 2018
It is very good tutorial.

Hellene Heron30 May 2018

Lorin Blagdon30 May 2018
Very detailed and structured course. Very enjoyable

Valerie Courreges30 May 2018
Very informative

karen nolan30 May 2018
I feel as though my knowledge of oral medications in use for people with type 2 diabetes has increased considerably

Olivia Collins 29 May 2018
This video was filled with lots of information that I didn't know and some information I already knew by watching this video I expanded my knowledge of diabetes and treatment options.

Claire Jacobs29 May 2018
This course was very helpful.

Kerry Lowing29 May 2018
Very, very informative.

Avelina Go Chow29 May 2018
excellent presentation and updates our recent medications knowledge.

Gillian Carne29 May 2018

Joachim FERRER28 May 2018
Great educator - well explained.

Deborah Marmo28 May 2018
Fantastic and very knowledgable presenter

Michelle Lipman28 May 2018
Excellent presentation.

Jessica Arnold27 May 2018
Very useful topic

Helen Wuttke26 May 2018
Great overview of current medications used in diabetes.

Elizabeth Uhlmann26 May 2018
Comprehensive info on T2DM medicines.

Harmeet Kaur26 May 2018
Very knowledgeable

Joseph Espejo25 May 2018
very helpful inputs.

yi jun chen25 May 2018
very well

Georgia Jones25 May 2018
Very informative

Amrita Banstola25 May 2018
it is very educative and relative source of learning to develop nursing skills.

Babaldeep Singh24 May 2018
Simple but detailed.

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Nicole Ferreira24 May 2018
Great information

Katrinna Brooks24 May 2018
A great update. Enjoyable!

Excellent presentation.

Melissa kendon23 May 2018

Agnes Namute23 May 2018

Debra Ambrosini22 May 2018
The educator was very engaging. I would definitely recommended this education to other health professionals.

Nomalanga moyo22 May 2018
This learning was very informative, l enjoyed and l have learnt so much that will be help full at my work..

Blue Stockmann22 May 2018
Very smart educator. information clear and concise.

Brooke Hutchinson21 May 2018
Great presentation.

Charles Pritchard21 May 2018
very informative and interesting

Sadia ibrahim20 May 2018
Very well delivered.

Mark James20 May 2018
Really informative

Marian Galpin20 May 2018
Informative, a great presentation.

Beda Nidhi Khatiwada19 May 2018
Learnt more than what I have known in past years.

Altaf Sonia18 May 2018
Great resource!

Marjorie Greensmith18 May 2018
Really improved my knowledge and understanding of the reason for these meds and why they are changed atbtimes

Sarah Poulson17 May 2018
Very interesting and informative lecture. May need to watch it again just to solidify - a lot of information to take in in one go.

Iana Villacastin17 May 2018
Loaded of good and new info.

Robert Martin17 May 2018
The educator was engaging and I would recommend this learning video

Cassandra Stone17 May 2018
Great educational tool and explained very well by Michelle Robins - a peer NP

Paul Burman17 May 2018
Very interesting course explaining the various new grugs that are now being used for diabetics.

Sukhvinder Singh Birdi17 May 2018
marvelous presentations.

George Xian16 May 2018
Good refresh and extra knowledge on diabetic management (meds, side effects, mechanism)

Phoebe tsourdalakis16 May 2018
great info

Barbara Clare Affleck16 May 2018
very informative

Susan Lynch16 May 2018
Highly informative and well presented.

Pietryna Duch15 May 2018
Very informative; concise and clear explanations and good use of case studies.

Werner Cossid15 May 2018
very good

Sarah Ashby14 May 2018
Very informative

Sarah Ashby14 May 2018
Very informative

Rita Burma14 May 2018
Nice presentation

Ma Eloise Ethel Fuentes Quicho13 May 2018
this course is educational.

Geetha Rani Ammini13 May 2018
very useful

Venugopal Pabbati11 May 2018

suzanne roslyn mason11 May 2018
a lot of drugs were presented

Pratiksha Regmi10 May 2018
Very good

Suzanne von nagy10 May 2018
I found this presentation very informative and easy to follow and learn.

Denise Whittaker09 May 2018
The educator was very engaging.

Joanne Holloway09 May 2018
This was helpful on a personal level as well as a professional one.

Lin Jiang08 May 2018

Emelye Coenraad08 May 2018
Very informative, helped increase my knowledge

Elizabeth Dronfield07 May 2018
well presented and informative

Caiping Jiang07 May 2018

Suellen Gaynor07 May 2018
Excellent presentation

Reena Raju07 May 2018
Good session

Daria Bayawa07 May 2018
Very helpful and informative resource

diane redden07 May 2018
Excellent presentation.

Angelo Carlo Rontos07 May 2018
The lecture was very helpful and it brings new medical information about diabetes.

Michala Anne Harrington06 May 2018
Informative and useful update.

Mayumi Nakazawa06 May 2018
Very specific

kam ying jacky cheung 05 May 2018
the lecture has provided updated information to me. it is great.

Carole kathleen Brown04 May 2018
Well worthwhile course to do.

Dorothy-anne burrows04 May 2018
Very interesting presenter that holds your attention

Ellie Alizadeh03 May 2018
Clear slides and easy to follow. Very helpful.

Jisha Anie Binnichen03 May 2018

Jacinta Egoroff02 May 2018
Very informative and user-friendly.

catherine woods02 May 2018
a bit confusing with some slides

Gurnam Singh Saini02 May 2018
very useful

Dianne Paddock01 May 2018

Helen Felsch01 May 2018
Very knowledgeable lady and easy to listen to. Her information provided was concise and well presented. I enjoyed all the information given in a professional manor. Power points were easy to understand.

Nichole Dutschke01 May 2018
Very informative

Susan Cynthia Barnes01 May 2018
Very good course

Mandy Long30 Apr 2018
I found this online education extremely informative, a good speed was maintained, I enjoyed the media presentations and the content excellent, as well as the layout.

Rupinder Kaur Brar28 Apr 2018
Very informative. New learning about various drugs.

Ranilo Martinez27 Apr 2018
The video is so useful and very clearly delivered.

XIAO YANG27 Apr 2018

Bill. Manney26 Apr 2018
Very good

Samantha Julie Tate25 Apr 2018
Loved this course very educational and engaging.

cathleen Farewell25 Apr 2018
Very informative. Updated my knowledge of Diabetes medications

Teresa prior25 Apr 2018
I never realised that diabetes was so complicated. very informative, thank you.

Zhimin Zhang24 Apr 2018
Good resources!

Liz Flack24 Apr 2018
i found this course really good as i was not aware of the new medications out there, eg the non insulin medications. The educator put the tutorial across really well and managed to keep my attention span 100% course worth doing

Bimaldeep Sidhu24 Apr 2018
very engaging.

Roland Hammerl23 Apr 2018
awesome! the educator was engaging

Jane Bailey22 Apr 2018
An opportunity to be up to date with the advances in the management of Type 2 diabetes

Anne Skerman22 Apr 2018
I would recommend this education to others. Gave me cause to reflect on my own life style. and improve my own outcomes.

Louise Morosi22 Apr 2018
As a new grad I have found this online content a great way of demystifying the world of diabetic medications and indications.

Rachel Shakespeare22 Apr 2018

Ruth Curtis21 Apr 2018
This presentation has given me a solid basic understanding of diabetic medications and will be helpful to base further learning upon.

Vanessa Rudman21 Apr 2018
Excellent and enjoyable presentation as always.

JIAYUAN XIE21 Apr 2018
good resource, worth attending for sure

Anne Brimson21 Apr 2018
Excellent resource

Joungsim BAE20 Apr 2018
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

Hind Katrib20 Apr 2018
very well presented

Julie Shakespeare20 Apr 2018
Excellent - easy to understand and very informative thank you

John Lain19 Apr 2018
Excellent lecture and very well presented and explained.

huai wang18 Apr 2018

Jacqueline Pirouet18 Apr 2018
Great presentation with an overwhelming amount of information. May have to watch it again

Orlando Marquinez18 Apr 2018
This presentation was very helpful and the speaker speaks very clear.

Elaine Adams18 Apr 2018
excellent resource and I will be revisiting this again

Katrina Johnson18 Apr 2018
Very thorough module. This educator certainly knows her stuff.

George Stephen Kernohan17 Apr 2018
This lecture was extremely informative and thoroughly enjoyable. The presenter was intelligent and articulate. The use of graphics really enhanced the experience.

Queen Elthan Tatad17 Apr 2018

Lisa Morrison17 Apr 2018
Great presentation. The topic is explained well.

Janet Rasmus17 Apr 2018
A very interesting topic for this time in health issues great to have new updated information and refresh knowledge

Fiona williams17 Apr 2018
A lot of complex information, quality education

Lynette hodder16 Apr 2018
The educator was engaging and I would recommend this education to other health professionals

cheuk yi fung16 Apr 2018

Great Presentation

Lynette Bradley16 Apr 2018
Engaging educator with loads of knowledge delivered in helpful and learning way

Amanpreet Kaur16 Apr 2018
Great video

Joanne Kneebone15 Apr 2018
I really enjoyed the course, the educator made the course very interesting.

Raewyn Head15 Apr 2018
the educator was very engaging to the point I learnt so much.

Peter Michael Osbucan Olat15 Apr 2018
Very Informative

Esther Sibanda15 Apr 2018
The content was very educative.

Simon Elmaleh14 Apr 2018
very informative

Lisa Lising Reyes13 Apr 2018
Excellent course in enhancing and keeping up to date with current medications for diabetes management.

Maria Josefina Noviza13 Apr 2018
Knowing updates of Diabetes medications is very important in treatment of the disease

Melanie Melbourne13 Apr 2018
Very interesting and easy to follow, the speaker gave clear information in terms I could understand and remember.

Nida Deligero Lagunay12 Apr 2018
Very helpful and useful resources

christopher horrocks12 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.

Cheryl Carpenter11 Apr 2018
Great Teaching and great information both old and new attained

Judy Berry11 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 :)

Karen George11 Apr 2018
excellent presentation, easy to understand.

Jeanie Kay Buchanan11 Apr 2018
Very thorough and precise in presenting this information. A very technical and detailed study of learning

Linda Wallwork11 Apr 2018
Great presentation and relevant information.

Phillip Au11 Apr 2018
Great topic and very educational. Great presentation skills and explanations were easier to understand for such a complicated illness.

Tonia Ataraoti10 Apr 2018
Very detailed and easy to understand

Cathy Makamet Loleni Silailai10 Apr 2018
The educator knows the topic well and is excellent ,very educational information of type 2 diabetes and medicines to manage it.

Cheryl Gillam10 Apr 2018
Fantastic review with of diabetic medications and the reasons different ones are prescribed!

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.

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