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Diabetes Mellitus Short Course - Contact Tuition



Most people in South Africa have type 2 Diabetes Mellitus, however many of these cases go undiagnosed as there are very few symptoms initially. Symptoms for diabetes include fatigue, excessive thirst and urination, slow wound healing and skin infections, blurred vision and regular bouts of thrush. As these symptoms can be very mild and develop gradually, many people fail to recognise them as warning signs of diabetes. This course is for nurses looking to increase their knowledge of diabetes and improve the support they provide to people living with diabetes. Nurses will benefit from this interactive course by learning how to teach people living with diabetes to manage their condition and prevent complications, as well as providing support to diabetic patients

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Who Should Enrol

Nurses looking to increase their knowledge of diabetes and improve the support they provide to people living with diabetes

Course Design

The course is offered using participatory methods and building on shared knowledge with the participants. This workshop is facilitated by leading edge faculties in the field.

Study Material

Your study material will be handed to you on the first day of the workshop.

Additional materials which would assist participants in diagnosing and managing diabetes and diabetes related conditions will also be provided. National guidelines will be distributed whenever they are available.

Course Content

The following will be covered:

  • Epidemiology of diabetes
  • Classification of diabetes
  • Screening and diagnosis
  • Organisation of care
  • Lifestyle intervention
  • Self-management and support
  • Psycho-social care
  • Glucose control
  • Targets and interventions
  • Complications
  • Special populations and their challenges


Participants are assessed on the self-study component of the course through means of a multiple-choice questionnaire.


To qualify for the certificate of completion for this short course, participants should fully attend the workshop and successfully complete the assessment process.


Accredited according to the HPCSA’s Medical and Dental Board Guidelines for Healthcare Professionals for 30 CEU’s on Level 2.