Short course

Diabetes Academy – What’s New in Diabetes?


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Diabetes Academy - What’s New in Diabetes?" is an important clinical update discussing the keys to treatment for diabetes. The course is intended to increase the knowledge and confidence of clinicians caring for people with diabetes.

Diabetes management is rapidly evolving. Recent large randomized controlled cardiovascular outcome trials have provided the evidence for the introduction of a variety of new classes of medications available for use for people with type 2 diabetes. Advances in technology including the use of continuous glucose monitoring devices and insulin pumps are improving outcomes for people with type 1 diabetes.

This e-learning course provides an evidence-based update for clinicians on the novel medications and emerging technologies available to improve outcomes in people with diabetes. Clinical case studies using video vignettes and multiple-choice questions are designed to optimise comprehension and learning.

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Designed For

Suitable for clinicians working in the field of diabetes, including GPs, physician trainees, endocrinologists, endocrinology trainees, practice nurses, diabetes nurse educators, general physicians, pharmacists, dietitians, allied health professionals and students.

Learning Outcomes

  1. Manage the comprehensive care of a patient with diabetes in order to prevent medication risks and reduce the risk of diabetes complications.
  2. Discuss the indications and benefits of novel medications in diabetes management, including GLP1 analogues, SGLT2 inhibitors and DPPIV inhibitors.
  3. Describe the current guidelines and management of diabetes in pregnancy.
  4. Use evidence-based guidelines for assessment and management of hypertension, including the use of Ambulatory Blood Pressure Monitoring.
  5. Evaluate the care of a patient with new technologies such as an insulin pump or continuous glucose monitoring device.

Course Units

  • Tutorial 1: Essentials of Diabetes Care
  • Tutorial 2: GLP1 Analogues
  • Tutorial 3: SGLT2 Inhibitors
  • Tutorial 4: DPPIV Inhibitors
  • Tutorial 5: Update on Insulin Pump Therapy
  • Tutorial 6: Update on Continuous Glucose Monitoring
  • Tutorial 7: Diabetes in Pregnancy
  • Tutorial 8: Diabetes and Hypertension
  • Tutorial 9: Hyperlipidaemia in Diabetes
  • Tutorial 10: New Insulins


The assessment is a submission of all unit self-assessments and 22 case studies. A Certificate of Completion is provided upon satisfactory completion of the course.

Delivery Mode

Course completion requires approximately 20 hours of e-learning. This course is delivered online and students can study in their own time and location. Course materials can be accessed using a web browser.


"As a GP who is interested in diabetes care, I highly recommend this course. I have taken many courses in diabetes management and I should say this course was something else. It is interactive, covers a wide range of topics in diabetes management and contains videos of real patient examination as well as patient education. The videos make you feel you are visiting patients beside an expert endocrinologist and what can be greater than that?!
Another positive point of the course is that its material was presented according to the evidence-based medicine approach. Last but not least, there are more than 20 case studies in the final assessment and they are very helpful in practicing what has been taught through the course. GREAT!"

- GP student

"I highly recommend Diabetes Academy. It is an excellent resource full of information and effective training. For me, it was particularly successful in telling me more about the management of diabetes through it’s systematic breakdown of medication categories. This method made it easy for me to further my knowledge of pharmacology and commit the information to memory. In addition, the content of the course is well referenced and evidenced based. It was concise but also comprehensive. Overall, the course not only expanded my understanding of diabetes management but also updated my knowledge to the outcomes from the latest research."

- Thinn Thinn, Current Student

"I am a GP and have completed the diabetes and the obesity courses from the University of Melbourne. I have found them to be the most educational courses of any GP training I have done. Written by doctors who work in the field and not a drug company. Plus a lot of case studies that then give you confidence practising the learnt information on your own. The diabetes course has been invaluable as I now have a real grasp of all the new drugs and where they fit into treatment. The online format meant I could do small sections at a time when it suited me (eg at the hairdresser). FANTASTIC!"

- GP student

"I would like to thank you for the online diabetic course. It was very useful for me. It is very comprehensive course including update diabetes guideline and nice videos. I strongly recommend this course for GP, internist, endocrinologists and diabetologist ."

- GP student

Course Director

A/Prof Elif Ekinci


Associate Professor Elif Ekinci is an academic endocrinologist who is working to translate research into improved outcomes for people with type 1 and type 2 diabetes. She is the Sir Edward “Weary” Dunlop Medical Research Foundation Principal Research Fellow in Metabolic Medicine at The University of Melbourne, Department of Medicine, Austin Health. She is also the Director of Diabetes at Austin Health, a large tertiary referral centre affiliated with the University of Melbourne, where she co-ordinates the clinical care of inpatients and outpatients with diabetes.


  • Dr Sandra Neoh, MBBS (Hons), B.Med Sci, FRACP, MPhil
  • Dr Scott Baker, MBBS, BMedSci, FRACP, PhD
  • Dr Fiona Lee, MBBS, FRACP, MD
  • Simone Patterson, RN CDE MNP
  • Fran Brown, RN CDE
  • Dr Felicity Pyrlis, MBBS, FRACP
  • Dr Christine Houlihan, MBBS, FRACP, MD
  • Dr Renata Lubianto, MBBS, BMedSci
  • Dr Melody Cheung, MBBS (Hons)
  • Dr Sarah Price, MBBS (Hons), FRACP
  • Dr Niloufar Torkamani
  • A/Prof Shane Hamblin, MBBS (Hons), FRACP Medicine

Application Procedure

Click on the ‘Enrol now’ button to be guided to the application form.

Course Fees?

Course Fee: AUD $550.00 (incl. GST)

Student/Doctor in Training/Nurse/Trainee Discounted Fee*: AUD $275.00* (incl. GST)

For discounted group rates for hospitals, schools or clinics please contact us

This course is online and you can commence anytime. You can complete this course in your own timeframe and most students will formally finish the course within a 12 month period. Once you have registered for the course, you will have lifetime access to the course content.

Combined Course Offer

We are currently providing a discounted price for healthcare practitioners who wish to enrol into both What's New in Diabetes and Diabetes Advanced. The course fees are :

Course Fee: AUD $650.00 (incl. GST)

Student/Doctor in Training/Nurse/Trainee Discounted Fee*: AUD $375.00* (incl. GST)

*Students will be required to upload relevant supporting documentation during the registration process.

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Course Information


Course Fee: AUD $550.00 (incl. GST)

Student/Doctor in Training/Nurse/Trainee Discounted Fee: AUD $275.00* (incl. GST) For discounted group rates for hospitals, schools or clinics please contact us

Combined Course Offer: AUD $650.00 (incl. GST)

Student/Doctor in Training/Nurse/Trainee Discounted Fee: AUD $375.00* (incl. GST) We are currently providing a discounted price for healthcare practitioners who wish to enrol into both What's New in Diabetes and Diabetes Advanced.



Entry requirements

There are no set entry requirements for this course.