Diabetes in Adolescence

Course code MEDI6280Units 10Level 6000Faculty of Health and MedicineSchool of Medicine and Public Health

The course is designed to give physicians a comprehensive understanding of the impact of pubescence on diabetes by focusing on the biological, psychological and social aspects of change. A primary consideration of this course is the development of empathetic management strategies for adolescent diabetics. A series of paper based cases distributed at staggered intervals during the semester will be used to encourage candidates to review and critically analyse resources available in this field. Candidates will also be required to develop self-directed learning skills in order to identify and address issues arising in their own practice. Practice tasks to be completed during the semester within the candidate?s own setting will encourage the critical appraisal and application of knowledge and skills gained from the course to their own clinical context. Resource materials integrating contemporary theory and research will be provided to each candidate.

Not available in 2015

Objectives1. To gain a greater knowledge of management issues associated with diabetes in adolescence;
2. To develop/enhance high level management skills in this area;
3. To develop/enhance self-directed learning skills;
4. To develop/enhance the ability to apply a body of knowledge to individual clinical contexts;
5. To enhance the ability of candidates to critically analyse the information available in this field.
Content1. Range of diabetic presentations in children and adolescents
2. Acute management of diabetic complications in children and adolescents
3. Physiological changes associated with puberty and their impact on adolescents with diabetes
4. Psychological and social issues faced by adolescents with diabetes
5. Adolescent lifestyle and diabetes care
6. Transition of diabetes care from parent to adolescent
7. Long-term management of diabetes in children and adolescents
8. Screening for diabetic complications in adolescent diabetics
9. Impact of diabetes education on diabetes care in adolescents
10. Impact of socio-economic status on diabetes care in adolescents
Replacing Course(s)N/A
Industrial Experience0
Assumed KnowledgeKnowledge gained from "Introduction to Diabetes Care, Practice Audit" and "Clinical Attachment" courses, compulsory courses within the Grad Dip in Diabetes Care.
Modes of DeliveryDistance Learning : Paper Based
External Mode
Teaching MethodsCase Study
Email Discussion Group
Problem Based Learning
Experience Based Learning
Integrated Learning
Self Directed Learning
Student Projects
Assessment Items
Other: (please specify)
Case Scenario/PBL exercisesThree modes of assessment will be used, including written responses to questions posed within each paper-based case, written learning issues identified and researched by candidates and relating to the paper-based cases, and the candidates's own practice throughout the course. A satisfactory performance in the three modes of assessment is required to be regarded as satisfactory overall. All items require a critical level of analysis of resource materials and reflective use of the material in the candidate's own practice. Evidence of this will be gauged by the tenor and quality of performance in the tasks.
Contact HoursProblem Based Learning: for 8 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Compulsory Components
Requisite by EnrolmentThis course is only available to students enrolled in the Graduate Diploma in Diabetes Care or Master of Diabetes Care programs.