Treating Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus

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CPD55m of CPD
First Published
Updated20 March 2022
Expires 30 March 2023
Recorded InBrisbane, Australia

Course Overview

Review and update your knowledge with this Ausmed Course on the different types of glucose-lowering medicines that are currently used in the best-practice treatment of type 2 diabetes mellitus.

  • Different types of medications used in type 2 diabetes mellitus treatment
  • Decision-making tools
  • How different medicines work and their potential side effects
  • Contraindications of diabetes medicines

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.

Healthcare 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 how these medicines work, their side effects, and contraindications is imperative for promoting positive patient outcomes.


The purpose of this Ausmed Course is to provide new and update existing knowledge of diabetes management and treatment options for type 2 diabetes mellitus with medicines.

Learning Outcomes
  • Understand the relationship between the indications for starting, increasing or decreasing glucose-lowering medicines with individual patient characteristics for people with diabetes.
  • Differentiate between each class of glucose-lowering medication to ensure the most appropriate treatment has been provided to patients.
  • Identify potential side effects, safety information and contraindications for each class of medications in order to prevent adverse patient outcomes.
Target Audience

All healthcare professionals who care for individuals with type 2 diabetes who require insulin.


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.

CPD55m of CPD
First Published
Updated20 March 2022
30 March 2023
Recorded InBrisbane, Australia
Learning Tools
Chronic Illness
Diabetes Mellitus
Nurse Practitioners
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