Short course

What you need to know about Type 2 Diabetes and Oral Health


This online modular program aims to increase practitioners’ awareness of the effects of type 2 diabetes on patient’s oral health.

Type-2 diabetes is a common chronic disease in Australia, with an estimated one in four adults aged 25 years or over having either diabetes or a condition known as pre-diabetes (impaired glucose regulation). Diabetes has been associated with several oral complications and as we know oral health is integral to an individual’s overall health and quality of life.

Despite the importance of the link between diabetes and oral health, research demonstrates adults with diabetes have a low level of knowledge of this relationship and were often unaware of the need for stringent oral self-care. With an increasing global prevalence of pre-diabetes and type-2 diabetes, evidence supports opportunistic screening amongst high risk asymptomatic individuals.  The oral healthcare setting has been identified as an appropriate location for opportunistic screening for pre-diabetes and type-2 diabetes. Studies have found screening in the oral healthcare setting to be effective, and acceptable to patients and healthcare providers.

This course provides oral health professionals with the knowledge and tools to implement a Type2 diabetes screening protocol and referral pathway to patients GPs as part of standard practice as well as providing better care for patients who have been diagnose with pre-type 2 diabetes or type 2 diabetes.

Program Delivery – Online

  • Online web lectures via Learning Management System, Canvas.
  • A short assessment after each online module to cement your knowledge on the lecture topics.
  • Online Live Q&A Session for follow up questions and interaction with the presenters.

Major Topics

  • Type 2 Diabetes & Pre-Diabetes
  • Oral Health & Type 2 Diabetes
  • Management of Type 2 Diabetes in an oral health care setting
  • Screening and Pathway of Care
  • Opportunities and Benefits

Learning Objectives:        

At the conclusion of the program participants should be able to:

  • Understand type 2 diabetes physiopathology; risk factors for development of pre-diabetes and type 2 diabetes.
  • Understand the bidirectional link between diabetes and oral health; oral complications of pre-diabetes and type 2 diabetes; the prevention, management, and care of type-2 diabetes in the oral health care settings
  • Interpret the AUSDRISK assessment and screening procedures; enable best oral health practice to achieve the optimal health outcomes for your patients
  • Implement protocols for screening undiagnosed pre-diabetes and type 2 diabetes in your practice
  • How to improve two-way communications and collaboration with other healthcare professionals to achieve the optimal health outcomes for patients.
  • Acquire knowledge, skills, and terminology to develop formal communication pathways between oral health and medical services

For enquiries, contact:

This course is proudly sponsored by:

Colgate-Palmolive logo

Course Presenters

Michelle King Michelle King

Professor Rodrigo Mariño Professor Rodrigo Mariño

Dr Andre Priede Dr Andre Priede

Course Information

Key dates

Available online throughout 2022


Course Fee: $257 (inc GST)


Online only

Extra information

CPD Credit: 6 hours of Scientific CPD