It is estimated that 6% of the South African population - 3.5 million people - suffer from diabetes and many more are pre- diabetic. Furthermore, diabetes is ranked as the second most common cause of death in the country. (STATS South Africa 2016) The majority of patients with diabetes seen in general practice and primary care will have type 2 diabetes. These patients often have additional co-morbidities which can be challenging to manage. However, given a certain level of knowledge and skill the healthcare practitioner will be able to optimise the care of these patients. A patient centred approach is essential to succeed in improving the outcomes of our patients with diabetes and their associated risk factors.

Who Should Enrol

All Healthcare Professionals that encounter patients with signs and symptoms suggestive of diabetes.

Learning Outcomes

Once you have completed all the learning activities for this course, you should be able to:



  • Understand the epidemiological aspect of T2DM and implement screening tools to aid in the diagnosis of DM. 
  • Compile a comprehensive, patient centred lifestyle plan with patients that are living with DM. 
  • Assess complex patients with added comorbidities to ensure control of glucose, blood pressure and lipid status. 
  • Detect common but important complications of DM 
  • Illustrate an understanding of the complexities surrounding the management of special populations that include but are not limited to pregnant patients, adolescents and children. 

Course Design

Blended Learning Approach consisting of online teaching & learning as well as a 1-day face to face tuition session.


The scheduled workshop dates are as follows:

14 May 2022 Durban, KwaZulu-Natal

20 August 2022 Cape Town, Western Cape

12 November 2022 Pretoria, Gauteng 


Course Content

The following modules will be covered:

Module 1: Background

  • Epidemiology of type 2 DM
  • Definitions and classification of DM
  • Screening and diagnosis
  • Organisation of Care


Module 2: Lifestyle interventions:

  • Medical nutritional therapy
  • Physical activity
  • Diabetes self-management and support
  • Psychosocial Care


Module 3: Control

  • Glucose control
  • Achieving glucose control
  • Blood pressure control
  • Lipid control


Module 4: Complications:

  • Diabetic Neuropathy and diabetic foot
  • Diabetic nephropathy
  • Diabetic retinopathy


Module 5: Special populations

  • Diabetes in pregnancy
  • Diabetes in PLWH
  • DM in Children and adolescents


Participants are assessed on the self-study component of the course through means of a multiple-choice questionnaire for which a minimum cumulative pass mark of 70% has to be obtained.


Accredited according to the HPCSA’s Medical and Dental Board Guidelines for Health Care Professionals for 11 CEU’s on Level 2.


School of Health Sciences
Tel: 012 110 4080/ 087 821 1109
Address: P.O. Box 75324, Lynnwood Ridge, 0040

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